HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1037        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 908

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Ruth B. Balser

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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 requiring mental health parity for disability policies.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex

Carlos González

10th Hampden

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex

Adrian C. Madaro

1st Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Diana DiZoglio

First Essex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden

Liz Miranda

5th Suffolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Jon Santiago

9th Suffolk

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Christopher Hendricks

11th Bristol

David Biele

4th Suffolk

Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1037        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 908

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 908) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation to prohibit benefit limits and exclusions for behavioral health disorders on certain disability insurance policies.  Financial Services.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 485 OF 2017-2018.]

 

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 requiring mental health parity for disability policies.

 

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.  Section 108 of chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following:-

"13. No individual policy of short-term or long-term disability insurance providing income replacement benefits that is issued or renewed in the Commonwealth shall impose benefit limitations or exclusions upon claimants affected by behavioral health disorders, where such limitations or exclusions are not imposed equally upon claimants affected by physical disorders."

SECTION 2.  Section 110 of chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

"(Q) No certificate of coverage under a group policy of short-term or long-term disability insurance providing income replacement benefits that is issued or renewed in the Commonwealth shall impose benefit limitations or exclusions upon claimants affected by behavioral health disorders, where such limitations or exclusions are not imposed equally upon claimants affected by physical disorders."

SECTION 3.  Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit periodic medical exams or other procedures reasonably calculated to determine whether or not a disability exists, or continues to exist; provided said examinations, procedures or protocols are comparable and no more frequent or onerous that those required for disabilities caused by physical disorders.