assembly Bill A9834A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires the coverage of alternative treatment options by the medical assistance program and private insurers

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Apr 23, 2018 print number 9834a
Apr 23, 2018 amend and recommit to insurance
Feb 14, 2018 referred to insurance

A9834 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L; add §365-o, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: A2772
2021-2022: A434

A9834 - Summary

Requires that non-pharmaceutical alternative treatment options including but not limited to treatment provided by a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, licensed chiropractor, and yoga instructor be covered by the medical assistance program and by private health insurers.

A9834 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  9834

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 14, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance  law  and  the  social  services  law,  in
  relation  to  requiring the coverage of alternate treatment options by
  the medical assistance program and private health insurers

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

  Section  1.  Subsection  (i)  of  section 3216 of the insurance law is
amended by adding a new paragraph 34 to read as follows:
  (34) EVERY POLICY WHICH PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR  MEDICAL,  OR  SIMILAR
COMPREHENSIVE  TYPE  COVERAGE  SHALL  INCLUDE  COVERAGE  FOR ALTERNATIVE
TREATMENT UTILIZED FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT.  COVERAGE  PROVIDED  UNDER  THIS
PARAGRAPH SHALL BE LIMITED TO ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT PROVIDED BY A HEALTH
CARE  PROVIDER  OR  OTHER  LICENSED  INDIVIDUAL.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF THIS
SUBSECTION, "ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT" MEANS  NON-PHARMACEUTICAL  TREATMENT
FOR  PAIN  MANAGEMENT INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TREATMENT PROVIDED BY
(A) A LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST, (B) A LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST, AND  (C)
A YOGA INSTRUCTOR.
  § 2. Subsection (l) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 20 to read as follows:
  (20)  EVERY  GROUP  OR  BLANKET  POLICY  WHICH PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR
MEDICAL, OR SIMILAR COMPREHENSIVE TYPE COVERAGE SHALL  INCLUDE  COVERAGE
FOR   ALTERNATIVE  TREATMENT  UTILIZED  FOR  PAIN  MANAGEMENT.  COVERAGE
PROVIDED UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE LIMITED TO ALTERNATIVE  TREATMENT
PROVIDED  BY  A  HEALTH  CARE PROVIDED OR OTHER LICENSED INDIVIDUAL. FOR
PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, "ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT"  MEANS  NON-PHARMA-
CEUTICAL  TREATMENT  FOR  PAIN  MANAGEMENT  INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
TREATMENT PROVIDED BY (A)  A  LICENSED  ACUPUNCTURIST,  (B)  A  LICENSED
MASSAGE THERAPIST, AND (C) A YOGA INSTRUCTOR.
  §  3.  Section  4303  of  the insurance law is amended by adding a new
subsection (rr) to read as follows:
  (RR) EVERY CONTRACT ISSUED BY A MEDICAL EXPENSE INDEMNITY CORPORATION,
HOSPITAL  SERVICE  CORPORATION,  OR  HEALTH  SERVICE  CORPORATION  WHICH
PROVIDES MEDICAL , MAJOR MEDICAL, OR SIMILAR COMPREHENSIVE TYPE COVERAGE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

A9834A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L; add §365-o, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: A2772
2021-2022: A434

A9834A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires that non-pharmaceutical alternative treatment options including but not limited to treatment provided by a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, licensed chiropractor, and yoga instructor be covered by the medical assistance program and by private health insurers.

A9834A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 9834--A

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 14, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Insurance -- committee discharged, bill amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  insurance  law  and the social services law, in
  relation to requiring the coverage of alternate treatment  options  by
  the medical assistance program and private health insurers

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

  Section 1. Subsection (i) of section 3216  of  the  insurance  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph 35 to read as follows:
  (35)  EVERY  POLICY  WHICH PROVIDES MEDICAL, MAJOR MEDICAL, OR SIMILAR
COMPREHENSIVE TYPE  COVERAGE  SHALL  INCLUDE  COVERAGE  FOR  ALTERNATIVE
TREATMENT  UTILIZED  FOR  PAIN  MANAGEMENT. COVERAGE PROVIDED UNDER THIS
PARAGRAPH SHALL BE LIMITED TO ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT PROVIDED BY A HEALTH
CARE PROVIDER  OR  OTHER  LICENSED  INDIVIDUAL.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
SUBSECTION,  "ALTERNATIVE  TREATMENT" MEANS NON-PHARMACEUTICAL TREATMENT
FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TREATMENT  PROVIDED  BY
(A)  A  LICENSED  ACUPUNCTURIST, (B) A LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST, (C) A
LICENSED CHIROPRACTOR, AND (D) A YOGA INSTRUCTOR.
  § 2. Subsection (l) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 21 to read as follows:
  (21) EVERY GROUP OR  BLANKET  POLICY  WHICH  PROVIDES  MEDICAL,  MAJOR
MEDICAL,  OR  SIMILAR COMPREHENSIVE TYPE COVERAGE SHALL INCLUDE COVERAGE
FOR  ALTERNATIVE  TREATMENT  UTILIZED  FOR  PAIN  MANAGEMENT.   COVERAGE
PROVIDED  UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE LIMITED TO ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT
PROVIDED BY A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR  OTHER  LICENSED  INDIVIDUAL.  FOR
PURPOSES  OF  THIS SUBSECTION, "ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT" MEANS NON-PHARMA-
CEUTICAL TREATMENT FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO
TREATMENT  PROVIDED  BY  (A)  A  LICENSED  ACUPUNCTURIST, (B) A LICENSED
MASSAGE THERAPIST, (C) A LICENSED CHIROPRACTOR, AND (D) A YOGA  INSTRUC-
TOR.
  §  3.  Section  4303  of  the insurance law is amended by adding a new
subsection (ss) to read as follows:

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