senate Bill S1235

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides certain coverage for diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse and chemical dependence

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to insurance
Jan 06, 2011 referred to insurance

S1235 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7788

S1235 - Summary

Provides certain coverage for diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse and chemical dependence.

S1235 - Sponsor Memo

S1235 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1235

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 6, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DUANE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance law,  in  relation  to  providing  certain
  coverage  for  diagnosis  and treatment of chemical abuse and chemical
  dependence

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph 6 of subsection (l) of section 3221 of the insur-
ance  law,  as amended by chapter 558 of the laws of 1999, is amended to
read as follows:
  (6) (A) Every insurer delivering a group or school blanket  policy  or
issuing  a  group  or school blanket policy for delivery, in this state,
which provides coverage for inpatient hospital care [must make available
and, if requested  by  the  policyholder,]  OR  COVERAGE  FOR  PHYSICIAN
SERVICES  SHALL  provide AS PART OF SUCH POLICY BROAD-BASED coverage for
the diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse and  chemical  dependence,
however  defined in such policy, AT LEAST EQUAL TO THE COVERAGE PROVIDED
FOR OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS, provided, however, that the  term  chemical
abuse  shall  mean  and include alcohol and substance abuse and chemical
dependence shall mean and include alcoholism and  substance  dependence,
however  defined  in such policy. [Written notice of the availability of
such coverage shall be delivered to the policyholder prior to  inception
of  such  group  policy and annually thereafter, except that this notice
shall not be required where a policy covers two hundred or more  employ-
ees  or  where  the  benefit  structure  was  the  subject of collective
bargaining affecting persons who are employed in more than one state.]
  (B) Such coverage shall, WHERE THE POLICY PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR  INPA-
TIENT HOSPITAL CARE, be at least equal to the following:
  (i)  with  respect  to benefits for detoxification as a consequence of
chemical dependence, inpatient benefits in a hospital or  a  detoxifica-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01208-01-1

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