HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3439        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1119

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Chynah Tyler

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to women’s health.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden

Carlos González

10th Hampden

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3439        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1119

By Ms. Tyler of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1119) of Chynah Tyler and others for legislation to provide coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives.  Financial Services.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to women’s health.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1: Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 27 the following section:

Section 28. Any coverage offered by the commission to an active or retired employee of the commonwealth insured under the group insurance commission shall provide coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, Effective January 1, 2020, the insertion and removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives, whether provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, shall each be reimbursed separately from other services. The maximum allowed reimbursement rate to providers for insertion or removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives shall be increased by no less than two hundred and ninety nine dollars, effective January 1, 2020.

SECTION 2. Chapter 118E of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 10I the following section:

10J (a) The division and its contracted health insurers, health plans, health maintenance organizations, behavioral health management firms and third-party administrators under contract to a Medicaid managed care organization or primary care clinician plan shall provide coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, Effective January 1, 2020,, the insertion and removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives, whether provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, shall each be reimbursed separately from other services. The maximum allowed reimbursement rate to providers for insertion or removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives shall be increased by no less than two hundred and ninety nine dollars, effective January 1, 2020.

SECTION 3. Chapter 175 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 47W(c) the following:

(d) An individual policy of accident and sickness insurance issued pursuant to section 108 that provides hospital expense and surgical expense and any group blanket policy of accident and sickness insurance issued pursuant to section 110 that provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance, delivered, issued or renewed by agreement between the insurer and the policyholder, within or without the Commonwealth, (hereinafter “policy”) shall provide benefits for residents of the Commonwealth and all group members having a principal place of employment within the Commonwealth coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, Effective January 1, 2020, the insertion and removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives, whether provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, shall each be reimbursed separately from other services. The maximum allowed reimbursement rate to providers for insertion or removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives shall be increased by no less than two hundred and ninety nine dollars, effective January 1, 2020.

SECTION 4. Chapter 176A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 8W(c) the following:

(d) Any contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan that is delivered, issued or renewed within or without the Commonwealth and that provides benefits for outpatient services shall provide to all individual subscribers and members within the Commonwealth and to all group members having a principal place of employment within the Commonwealth coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, Effective January 1, 2020, the insertion and removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives, whether provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, shall each be reimbursed separately from other services. The maximum allowed reimbursement rate to providers for insertion or removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives shall be increased by no less than two hundred and ninety nine dollars, effective January 1, 2020.

SECTION 5. Chapter 176B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 4W(c) the following:

(d) Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement that is delivered, issued or renewed within or without the Commonwealth and that provides benefits for outpatient services shall provide to all individual subscribers and members within the Commonwealth and to all group members having a principal place of employment within the Commonwealth coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, Effective January 1, 2020, the insertion and removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives, whether provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, shall each be reimbursed separately from other services. The maximum allowed reimbursement rate to providers for insertion or removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives shall be increased by no less than two hundred and ninety nine dollars, effective January 1, 2020.

SECTION 6. Chapter 176G of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 4O(c) the following:

(d) Any individual or group health maintenance contract that is issued, renewed or delivered within or without the Commonwealth and that provides benefits for outpatient prescription drugs or devices shall provide to residents of the Commonwealth and to persons having a principal place of employment within the Commonwealth coverage for long acting reversible contraceptives. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, Effective January 1, 2020, the insertion and removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives, whether provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting, shall each be reimbursed separately from other services. The maximum allowed reimbursement rate to providers for insertion or removal of long-acting reversible contraceptives shall be increased by no less than two hundred and ninety nine dollars, effective January 1, 2020..

SECTION 7: Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 235 the following section:-

Section 236. The department of public health shall develop and implement, or cause to be developed and implemented, a training program that works to expand the number of clinicians and practices equipped to provide long-acting reversible contraceptives. The training shall address best practices for patient counseling, implant placement and removal, and addressing administrative barriers to providing long-acting reversible contraceptives, including the development of policies and procedures, procurement of devices, stocking devices, billing and reimbursement. To the fullest extent possible, said training shall be eligible for relevant continuing education credits. Upon completion of the training program, providers should be adequately prepared to provide access to all methods of contraception in a single patient visit.

SECTION 8. Section 10A of chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph after the second paragraph: -

Beginning on January 1, 2020, postpartum visits shall be billed separately from prenatal care and childbirth.