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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1349         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 840

 

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 to require health care coverage for the emergency psychiatric services.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1349        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 840

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 840) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation to require health care coverage for emergency psychiatric services.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to require health care coverage for the emergency psychiatric services.
 

              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. “Emergency services programs’ shall mean all programs subject to contract between the mass behavioral health partnership and nonprofit organizations for the provision of said emergency services.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

              Section 26. The commission shall provide to an active or retired employee of the commonwealth who is insured under the group insurance commission benefits on a nondiscriminatory basis for medically necessary emergency service programs.

              SECTION 3. Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 47AA the following section:-

              Section 47BB. An individual policy of accident and sickness insurance issued under section 108 that provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance and any group blanket or general policy of accident and sickness insurance issued under section 110 that provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance, which is issued or renewed within or without the commonwealth, shall provide benefits on a nondiscriminatory basis for medically necessary emergency service programs.

              SECTION 4. Chapter 176A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 8DD the following section:-

              Section 8EE. A contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan which is issued or renewed within or without the commonwealth shall provide benefits on a nondiscriminatory basis for medically necessary emergency service programs.

              SECTION 5. Chapter 176B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4DD the following section:-

              Section 4EE. A subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement which is issued or renewed within or without the commonwealth shall provide benefits on a nondiscriminatory basis for medically necessary emergency service programs.

              SECTION 6. Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4V the following section:-

              Section 4W. A health maintenance contract issued or renewed within or without the commonwealth shall provide benefits on a nondiscriminatory basis for medically necessary emergency service programs.

              SECTION 7. All policies, contracts and certificates of health insurance subject to section 26 of chapter 32A, section 47BB of chapter 175, section 8EE of chapter 176A, section 4EE of chapter 176B, and section 4W of chapter 176G of the General Laws which are delivered, issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2011 shall conform with the provisions of this act. Form filings implementing this act shall be subject to the approval of the commissioner of insurance.

              SECTION 8. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2014.

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