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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1211         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 858

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael D. Brady

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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 communications between health insurers and patients .

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1211        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 858

By Mr. Brady of Brockton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 858) of Michael D. Brady relative to communications between health insurers and patients concerning end of life treatment options.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to communications between health insurers and patients .
 

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

              Section 10 CHAPTER 176O, as most recently amended by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:

              (d) No carrier or its representatives may initiate communications with its insured members or their families regarding end of life treatment options or emergency code status responses for a patient without that patient’s treating physician’s knowledge or presence. 

              (e) No accountable care organization or any other entity that contracts to provide health care services to patients on a contractual basis which requires Division of Insurance certification may initiate communications with its patients or their families regarding end of life treatment options or emergency code status responses for a patient without that patient’s treating physician’s knowledge or presence. 

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