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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 843         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 415

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Stephen M. Brewer

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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 ensuring access to life-saving colorectal cancer and breast cancer screenings.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 843        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 415

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 415) of Stephen M. Brewer, Gloria L. Fox, Martha M. Walz, Denise Andrews and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure access to life-saving colorectal cancer and breast cancer screenings.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act ensuring access to life-saving colorectal cancer and breast cancer screenings.
 

              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 is hereby amended by inserting after section 110M the following section:-

              Section 110N. Any policy, contract, agreement, plan or certificate of insurance issued, delivered or renewed within the commonwealth which provides coverage for colorectal cancer screenings or breast cancer screenings shall not impose (1) A deductible for a procedure that a physician initially undertakes as a screening colonoscopy or a screening sigmoidoscopy or a screening mammogram; or (2) A coinsurance, copayment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense for any additional colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or mammogram ordered in a policy year by a physician for an insured.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 176A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 8AA the following section:-

              Section 8BB. Any contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan delivered or issued or renewed within the commonwealth which provides coverage for colorectal cancer screenings or breast cancer screenings shall not impose (1) A deductible for a procedure that a physician initially undertakes as a screening colonoscopy or a screening sigmoidoscopy or a screening mammogram; or (2) A coinsurance, copayment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense for any additional colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or mammogram ordered in a policy year by a physician for an insured.

              SECTION 3. Chapter 176B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4AA the following section:-

              Section 4BB. Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement delivered, issued or renewed within the commonwealth which provides coverage for colorectal cancer screenings or breast cancer screenings shall not impose (1) A deductible for a procedure that a physician initially undertakes as a screening colonoscopy or a screening sigmoidoscopy or a screening mammogram; or (2) A coinsurance, copayment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense for any additional colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or mammogram ordered in a policy year by a physician for an insured.

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

              Section 4T. Any individual or group health maintenance contract which provides coverage for colorectal cancer screenings or breast cancer screenings shall not impose (1) A deductible for a procedure that a physician initially undertakes as a screening colonoscopy or a screening sigmoidoscopy or a screening mammogram; or (2) A coinsurance, copayment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense for any additional colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or mammogram ordered in a policy year by a physician for an insured.

              SECTION 5. Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 23 the following section:-

              Section 24. Any coverage offered by the commission to any active or retired employee of the commonwealth who is insured under the group insurance commission which provides coverage for colorectal cancer screenings or breast cancer screenings shall not impose (1) A deductible for a procedure that a physician initially undertakes as a screening colonoscopy or a screening sigmoidoscopy or a screening mammogram; or (2) A coinsurance, copayment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense for any additional colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or mammogram ordered in a policy year by a physician for an insured.

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