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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 977         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 836

 

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

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 977        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 836

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 836) of Ruth B. Balser and others relative to the effect of certain behavioral health disorders on certain disability insurance policies.  Financial Services. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1174 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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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.

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