Legislation Signed into Law


Primary Focus Outpatient Psychiatric Oversight
Title/Description Outpatient Psychiatric Oversight Act
Citation 2018 Act 25

This Act requires that an outpatient psychiatric clinic shall have a psychiatrist on site for two hours of psychiatric time per week for each full-time equivalent staff member. The Act specifies that fifty percent of the required on-site psychiatric time may be provided by (i) an advanced practice professional or (ii) a psychiatrist off-site using interactive audio and video communication that protects patient confidentiality under Federal and State law in accordance with department-issued guidelines.

Effective Date Enacted May 31, 2018 and to take effect in 60 days.

Enacted from House Bill 478.


Primary Focus Mandated Benefit: Provider
Title/Description Adoption of Federal Acts
Citation 40 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 908-14

Insurers shall comply with the Federal acts as contained in sections 2701, 2702, 2705, 2707, 2721, 2753 and 2754 of the Public Health Service Act (58 Stat. 682, 42 U.S.C. § 300gg, 300gg-1, 300gg-5, 300gg-7, 300gg-21, 300gg-53 and 300gg-54).

Effective Date 180 days from March 22, 2010

Enacted by Pa SB 237.

SB 237
Introduced 2/2009
Sponsor Sen. Corman
Status Signed into Law 3/2010
This extensive bill, which address many items, has a section that requires insurance plans to comply with the Federal Parity Law . It also set forth penalties for violations:
  1. Suspension or revocation of licensure
  2. Cease and desist order
  3. $5,000 fine for each violation
  4. $10,000 fine for each willful violation (Aggregate fines can’t exceed $500,000 in one year)


Primary Focus Mandated Benefit: Provider
Title/Description Autism Spectrum Disorders Coverage
Citation 40 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 764h

A health insurance policy or government program covered under this section shall provide to covered individuals or recipients under twenty-one (21) years of age coverage for the diagnostic assessment of autism spectrum disorders and for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Effective Date 7/9/2008

Amended by HB 1150

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