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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to insurance|
|Jan 17, 2013||referred to insurance|
senate Bill S2452
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S2452 - Details
S2452 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2452 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to providing certain coverage for diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse and chemical dependence PURPOSE: Provides that the benefits provided through group health insurance policies and health plans for the treatment of chemical abuse and chemical dependence be comparable to medical services. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Converts the current insurance law requirement that group and school blanket policies be made available as an option to provide coverage for benefits comparable to medical benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse and chemical dependence to a requirement for fully insured groups in NYS; conforms this requirement to the requirements made by "Timothy's Law" for mental health benefits, pursuant to Chapter 748 of the Laws of2006 and Chapter 502 of the Laws of2007, and a Chapter of the laws of2009; and requires the Superintendent of Insurance to develop a methodology to fully cover the cost of this requirement to any employer of fifty or fewer employees, to be financed from the General Fund.
S2452 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2452 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 17, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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. LBD04284-01-3
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