Below is the relevant legislation related to parity that has been introduced during the current or recently adjourned legislative session. State parity legislation passed in any state since 2008 is usually designed to increase compliance with the federal law and to strengthen state laws.
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|Primary Focus||Parity: General|
|Title / Description||Insurance Coverage Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders|
|Sponsor||Representative Dayton (D)|
HB 211 amends Wyoming Statutes by adding section 26-20-701 to require individual and group service or indemnity type health insurance contracts to comply with the Federal Parity Law and its implementing regulations.
|Sponsor||Reps. Craft, Barbuto and Connolly and Sen. Hastert|
This bill tried to change the state insurance law by adding a section about parity. It would have required individual plans, large employer fully-insured plans, and small employer fully-insured plans with more than 25 employees to cover mental health services that is “no less extensive” than coverage for other medical services. Mental health conditions were defined as those in the DSM. It did not specify if this includes substance use disorders.