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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1567         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1173

 

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 providing for equitable coverage in disability policies.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Cynthia S. Creem

 

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

 

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

 

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1567        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1173

By Ms. Balser of Newton,  a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1173) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation to prohibit discrimination in the issuance of group or individual disability, accident or sickness insurance policies.  Financial Services. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3447 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act providing for equitable coverage in 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. Chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 108J the following section:-

              Section 108K. No company, and no officer or agent thereof, shall  make or permit any distinction, classification, discrimination, or otherwise recognize any difference, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, or national origin, in the amount or payment of premiums or rate charges, or in the benefits payable, or in any of the other terms or conditions of any group or individual disability, accident or sickness insurance contract issued or delivered within or without the commonwealth on or after January 1, 2011 which covers one or more residents of the commonwealth. As used in this section, sex includes, but is not limited to, conditions unique to one sex, such as pregnancy. Any violation of this section shall constitute an unfair method of competition or an unfair or deceptive act or practice in violation of chapter 176D.

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