senate Bill S403

Authorizes insurance coverage for equipment and supplies used for the treatment of ostomies

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE

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Bill Details

Versions:
S403
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S403

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to authorizing
insurance coverage for equipment and supplies used for the treatment
of ostomies


PURPOSE :
This bill would require every policy which provides medical, major
medical, or similar comprehensive-type coverage to include equipment
and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
This bill adds a new paragraph (23) to subsection (i) of §32l6 of the
Insurance Law, a new paragraph (13) to subsection (k) of the Insurance
Law, a new subsection (v) to §4303, and a new paragraph (26) of
subsection (b) of §4322 of the Insurance Law to require every health
insurer or health maintenance organization to include coverage for
equipment and supplies for the treatment of ostomies, as prescribed or
recommended by a physician. This bill also amends subsection (c) of
§4321 and subsection (c) of §4322 to include a co-payment to be
imposed on equipment and supplies for the treatment of ostomies.

JUSTIFICATION :
Ostomies are a lifelong health condition and require equipment and
supplies that can become costly. The current law allows for the full
coverage of equipment and supplies used to treat other chronic
conditions, such as diabetes. This legislation seeks to require health
insurers and health maintenance organizations to include full coverage
of equipment and supplies used to treat ostomies, in order to ease
some of the burden associated with this condition.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2005 - 2006 Referred to Insurance
2007 - 2008 Referred to Insurance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.
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