assembly Bill A2163

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2018 referred to rules
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jan 03, 2018 ordered to third reading cal.162
Jun 14, 2017 ordered to third reading rules cal.280
rules report cal.280
reported
Jun 13, 2017 reported referred to rules
Jun 06, 2017 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 17, 2017 referred to insurance

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A2163 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3952
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A9186, S4756
2013-2014: A978, S2708
2015-2016: A6376, S2065
2019-2020: A670, S886

A2163 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage for outpatient treatment by mental health practitioners (mental health counsellors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists and psychoanalysts) licensed pursuant to article 163 of the education law.

A2163 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2163

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 17, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. BRONSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance  law,  in  relation  to  health  insurance
  coverage of outpatient care provided by a mental health practitioner

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

  Section 1. Item (ii) of subparagraph (A) of paragraph 5 of  subsection
(l)  of  section 3221 of the insurance law, as amended by chapter 502 of
the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii) where the policy provides coverage  for  physician  services,  it
shall include benefits for outpatient care provided by a psychiatrist or
psychologist  licensed  to  practice  in this state,  OR A MENTAL HEALTH
COUNSELOR, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST,  CREATIVE  ARTS  THERAPIST  OR
PSYCHOANALYST  LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE OF
THE EDUCATION LAW, OR a licensed clinical social worker  who  meets  the
requirements  of  subparagraph (D) of paragraph four of this subsection,
or a professional corporation or university faculty practice corporation
thereof. Such benefits may be limited to not less than twenty visits  in
any contract year, plan year, or calendar year.  NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE
CONSTRUED  TO  MODIFY OR EXPAND THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE OF A MENTAL HEALTH
COUNSELOR, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST,  CREATIVE  ARTS  THERAPIST  OR
PSYCHOANALYST  LICENSED  PURSUANT  TO ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE OF
THE EDUCATION LAW.
  § 2. Paragraph 1 of subsection (h) of section 4303  of  the  insurance
law,  as  amended by chapter 502 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read
as follows:
  (1) A medical expense indemnity corporation or a health service corpo-
ration, which provides group, group remittance or school blanket  cover-
age for physician services, shall provide as part of its contract broad-
based  coverage  for  the  diagnosis and treatment of mental, nervous or
emotional disorders or ailments, however defined in  such  contract,  at

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

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