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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2669         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 984

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John W. Scibak

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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 insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Stanley C. Rosenberg

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Rhonda Nyman

5th Plymouth

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2669        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 984

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 984) of John W. Scibak and others relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS.
 

              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 32A of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 403 of the Acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting after section 17K the following section:-

Section 17L. The commission shall provide to any active or retired employee of the commonwealth who is insured under the group insurance commission, coverage for treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Said treatment shall include, but not be limited to, the use of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy.

SECTION 2. Chapter 175 of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 403 of the Acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting after section 47DD the following section:-

Section 47EE. Any policy, contract, agreement, plan or certificate of insurance issued, delivered or renewed within the commonwealth shall provide coverage for treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Said treatment shall include, but not be limited to, the use of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy.

SECTION 3. Chapter 176A of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 403 of the Acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting after section 8EE the following section:-

Section 8FF. Any contract between a subscriber and a corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan delivered, issued or renewed within the commonwealth shall provide coverage for treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Said treatment shall include, but not be limited to, the use of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy.

SECTION 4. Chapter 176B of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 403 of the Acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting after section 4FF the following section:-

Section 4GG. Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement delivered, issued or renewed within the commonwealth shall provide coverage for treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Said treatment shall include, but not be limited to, the use of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy.

SECTION 5. Chapter 176G of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 403 of the Acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting after section 4X the following section:-

Section 4Y. Any individual or group health maintenance contract shall provide coverage for treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Said treatment shall include, but not be limited to, the use of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy.

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