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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 995         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 437

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James B. Eldridge

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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 providing health insurance coverage for cochlear and auditory osseointegrated implants in children.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 995        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 437

By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 437) of James B. Eldridge, James M. Murphy, Benjamin Swan, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to providing health insurance coverage for cochlear implants in children.  Financial Services. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 421 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to providing health insurance coverage for cochlear and auditory osseointegrated implants in children.
 

              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 9A of chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (17) Medical benefits provided under this section shall include unilateral and bilateral coverage for cochlear and auditory osseointegrated implant systems, in children and adults up to age 26, as well as surgical and post-surgical services including audiology programming, rehabilitation and speech therapy support, replacement parts, upgrades, and accessories related to the functionality of the technology, provided however that for children who are unable to have auditory osseointegrated  implantable surgery, medical benefits provided under this section shall include a speech processor that can be attached using a softband or headband.  Such medical benefits shall be considered an implantable prosthetic device.              

              SECTION 2.   Chapter 175 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 108J the following section:-

              Section 108K.   An individual policy of accident and sickness insurance issued pursuant to section 108 or group policy accident and sickness insurance issued pursuant to section 110 shall provide coverage for auditory implant systems, including the surgery necessary to place such systems, in children, as well as for post-surgery services including audiology programming, external device updates, and speech therapy support.

              SECTION 3.   Chapter 176A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 8DD the following section:-

              Section 8EE.   Any contract, except contracts providing supplemental coverage to medicare or other governmental programs, between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan which shall be delivered or issued or renewed in the commonwealth shall provide, as a basic benefit to all individual subscribers and members within the commonwealth and to all group members having a principal place of employment within the commonwealth, for expense for auditory implant systems, including the surgery necessary to place such systems, in children, as well as for post-surgery services including audiology programming, external device updates, and speech therapy support.

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

              Section 4EE.   Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement that shall be delivered, issued or renewed in the commonwealth shall provide as benefits to all individual subscribers within the commonwealth an all persons included in section 4C, coverage for auditory implant systems, including the surgery necessary to place such systems, in children, as well as for post-surgery services including audiology programming, external device updates, and speech therapy support.

              SECTION 5.   Chapter 176G of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 4V the following section:

              Section 4W.   Any health maintenance contract shall provide coverage for auditory implant systems, including the surgery necessary to place such systems, in children, as well as for post-surgery services including audiology programming, external device updates, and speech therapy support.

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