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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1269        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 838


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Ruth B. Balser


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.






Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1269        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 838

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 838) 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. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 1173 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



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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