|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 02, 2016||referred to insurance|
senate Bill S7988
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Insurance Committee
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
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S7988 (ACTIVE) - Details
S7988 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7988 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to establishing the mental health parity report act PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : The purpose of the bill is to require insurers and health plans to submit certain data to the Department of Financial Services and the Commissioner of Health, as a way of measuring compliance with federal and state mental health and substance abuse parity laws. The data will be used by the Department of Financial Services to prepare an annual Mental Health Parity report as part of the annual Consumer Guide. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Amends Section 210 of the Insurance Law to require the submission of certain data by insurers and health plans. JUSTIFICATION : Ensuring New Yorkers have access to care and treatment for mental illness and substance abuse disorders is critical and is the reason New York enacted one of the strongest mental health parity laws in the nation (Timothy's Law) in 2006. New York reaffirmed its commitment to mental health parity when Timothy's Law was made permanent in 2009.
S7988 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7988 I N S E N A T E June 2, 2016 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ORTT -- 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 establishing the mental health parity report act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "mental health parity report act". S 2. Subsection (a) of section 210 of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 579 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: (a) The superintendent shall annually publish on or before September first, nineteen hundred ninety-nine, and annually thereafter, a consumer guide to insurers providing managed care products, individual accident and health insurance or group or blanket accident and health insurance and entities licensed pursuant to article forty-four of the public health law providing comprehensive health service plans which includes, in detail, a ranking from best to worst based upon each company's claim processing or medical payments record during the preceding calendar year using criteria available to the department, adjusted for volume of coverage provided. Such ranking shall also take into consideration the corresponding total number or percentage of claims denied which were reversed or compromised after intervention by the department and the department of health, consumer complaints to the department and the department of health, violations of section three thousand two hundred twenty-four-a of this chapter and other pertinent data which would permit the department to objectively determine a company's performance. The department in publishing such consumer guide shall publish one state-wide guide or no more than five regional guides so as to facili- tate comparisons among individual insurers and entities within a service market area. Such rankings shall be printed in a format which ranks all health insurers and all entities certified pursuant to article forty- four of the public health law in one combined list. THE CONSUMER GUIDE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN AND ANNUALLY THERE- AFTER, SHALL INCLUDE A MENTAL HEALTH PARITY REPORT THAT INCLUDES A RANK- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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