AN ACT RELATIVE TO DENTAL AND VISION CARE SERVICES.
Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its
purpose, which is to regulate forthwith health care carriers in the commonwealth,
therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate
preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The definition of "carrier" in section
1 of chapter 176O of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2000 Official
Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- "Carrier" shall
not include any entity to the extent it offers a policy, certificate or contract
that provides coverage solely for dental care services or vision care services.
Section 1 shall be effective until December 31,
(a) There shall be an advisory committee for
of evaluating and making recommendations regarding the continuation of the
exclusion of health benefit plans offering dental care services and vision care
services from chapter 176O of the General Laws past December 31, 2005. The
advisory committee may offer any other recommendations it deems appropriate to
effectuate the intent of said chapter 176O with regard to dental and vision
(b) The advisory committee shall be composed of the following individuals or
organizations: the director of the bureau of managed care in the division of
insurance; the director of the office of patient protection in the department
public health; a representative from the Massachusetts Association of Health
Plans; a representative from the Life Insurance Association of Massachusetts; a
representative from Health Care for All; a representative from Blue Cross and
Blue Shield of Massachusetts; a dental service corporation organized under
chapter 176E of the General Laws; and an optometric service corporation organized
under chapter 176F of the General Laws.
(c) The advisory committee shall report to the chairs of the joint committee on
health care, the chairs of the joint committee on insurance and the chairs of the
house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 1, 2004.