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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2613         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2084

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and Patricia D. Jehlen

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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 keep people healthy by removing barriers to cost-effective care .

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2613        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2084

By Representative Sciortino of Medford and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2084) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., Patricia D. Jehlen and others that the Department of Public Health develop criteria and provide recommendations for removing barriers to cost-effective health care.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to keep people healthy by removing barriers to cost-effective care .
 

              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 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after section 225 the following section:-

              Section 226 (a) The commissioner shall by regulation determine which medical services, treatments and prescription drugs shall be deemed high-value cost-effective services for the purposes of this section. The determination of high-value cost-effective services shall rely on the recommendations of the Barrier-Free Care Expert Panel established by subsection (c).  Any service, treatment or prescription drug determined by the commissioner to be a high-value cost-effective service by regulation promulgated prior to July 1 of a year shall be deemed a high-value cost-effective service for the purposes of subsection (b) effective on January 1 of the following year. In determining medical services, treatments and prescription drugs to be deemed high-value cost-effective services, the commissioner may limit the effect of the determination to people with one or more specific diagnoses or risk factors for a disease or condition.

              (b) Insurance plans, health coverage, and medical assistance and medical benefit programs shall not charge cost sharing for high-value cost-effective services for coverage subject to section 17K of chapter 32A, section 10H of chapter 118E, section 47CC of chapter 175, section 8FF of chapter 176A, section 4FF of chapter 176B, section 4X of chapter 176G, and section 13 of chapter 176I. For the purposes of this section, cost sharing shall include payments required from a consumer in connection with the provision of a health care service, including, but not limited to, copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.

              (c) The commissioner shall establish the Barrier-Free Care Expert Panel to make recommendations regarding high-value cost-effective services that should not be subject to cost sharing.  The panel shall be comprised of up to ten people.  In making appointments to the panel, the commissioner shall include individuals with expertise in health economics, actuarial sciences, primary care, health care cost effectiveness, mental health care, pediatric health, social determinants of health and public health, medical ethics, chronic illness and consumer concerns.  No member of the panel shall have any financial conflict of interest in any decision of the panel.

              Members of the Barrier-Free Care Expert Panel shall be appointed by the commissioner of public health. The commissioner shall designate one member to serve as chair of the panel. They shall serve a term of 3 years, and may be reappointed, provided that the commissioner may designate up to half of the original members appointed to the board to serve for two years. Panel members shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be entitled to reimbursement for reasonable travel and other expenses.   The panel shall make its recommendations by majority vote to the commissioner no later than March 1 of each year. 

              In making recommendations for high-value cost-effective services that should not be subject to cost sharing, the Barrier-Free Care Expert Panel shall consider appropriate services, treatments and prescription drugs that are

              (1) out-patient or ambulatory services, including medications, lab tests, procedures, and office visits, generally offered in the primary care or medical home setting;

              (2) of clear benefit, strongly supported by clinical evidence to be cost-effective;

              (3) likely to reduce hospitalizations or emergency department visits, or reduce future exacerbations of illness progression, or improve quality of life;

              (4) relatively low cost when compared to the cost of an acute illness or incident prevented or delayed by the use of the service, treatment or drug; and

              (5) at low risk for overutilization.

              In making recommendations, the panel may limit a recommended high-value cost-effective service as applicable only to patients with one or more specific diagnoses or risk factors for a disease or condition.

              (d) Every two years, the center for health information and analysis shall evaluate the effect of this section. The evaluation shall include the impact of this section on treatment adherence, incidence of related acute events, premiums and cost sharing, overall health, long-term health costs, and other issues that the center may determine. The center may collaborate with an independent research organization to conduct the evaluation.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 17J the following section:-

              Section 17K.  The commission shall provide to any active or retired employee of the commonwealth who is insured under the group insurance commission, coverage without cost sharing for all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.  

              SECTION 3. Chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 10G the following section:-

              Section 10H.  The division shall cover without cost sharing all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.

              SECTION 4. Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 47BB the following section:-

              Section 47CC.  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 cover without cost sharing all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.

              SECTION 5. Chapter 176A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 8EE the following section:-

              Section 8FF.  A contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan which provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance, except contracts providing supplemental coverage to Medicare or other governmental programs, delivered, issued or renewed by agreement between the insurer and the policyholder, within or without the commonwealth, shall cover without cost sharing all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.

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

              Section 4FF.  Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement, except certificates that provide supplemental coverage to Medicare or other governmental programs, issued, delivered or renewed within or without the commonwealth, shall cover without cost sharing all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.

              SECTION 7.  Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4W the following section:-

              Section 4X.  A health maintenance contract issued or renewed within or without the commonwealth shall cover without cost sharing all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.

              SECTION 8.  Chapter 176I of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

              Section 13.  An organization entering into a preferred provider contract shall cover without cost sharing all services determined to be high-value cost-effective services by the commissioner of public health pursuant to section 226 of chapter 111.

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