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Chapter 403 AN ACT RELATIVE TO ORAL CANCER THERAPY.

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 is hereby amended by inserting after section 17J the following section:-

Section 17K. Any coverage offered by the commission to an active or retired employee of the commonwealth insured under the group insurance commission that provides coverage for cancer chemotherapy treatment shall provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells on a basis not less favorable than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications that are covered as medical benefits. An increase in patient cost sharing for anticancer medications shall not be allowed to achieve compliance with this section.

SECTION 2. Chapter 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 47BB, the second time it appears, the following section:-

Section 47DD. Any policy, contract, agreement, plan or certificate of insurance issued, delivered or renewed within the commonwealth that provides medical expense coverage for cancer chemotherapy treatment shall provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells on a basis not less favorable than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications that are covered as medical benefits. An increase in patient cost sharing for anticancer medications shall not be allowed to achieve compliance with this section.

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

Section 8FF. Any contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan which is delivered, issued or renewed within the commonwealth that provides coverage for cancer chemotherapy treatment shall provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells on a basis not less favorable than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications that are covered as medical benefits. An increase in patient cost sharing for anticancer medications shall not be allowed to achieve compliance with this section.

SECTION 4. Chapter 176B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4EE, the second time it appears, the following section:-

Section 4FF. Any subscription certificate under an individual or group medical service agreement delivered, issued or renewed within the commonwealth that provides coverage for cancer chemotherapy treatment shall provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells on a basis not less favorable than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications that are covered as medical benefits. An increase in patient cost sharing for anticancer medications shall not be allowed to achieve compliance with this section.

SECTION 5. Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4W the following section:-

Section 4X. Any individual or group health maintenance contract that provides coverage for cancer chemotherapy treatment shall provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer medications used to kill or slow the growth of cancerous cells on a basis not less favorable than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications that are covered as medical benefits. An increase in patient cost sharing for anticancer medications shall not be allowed to achieve compliance with this section.

SECTION 6. Sections 1 to 5, inclusive, shall apply to all policies, contracts and certificates of health insurance subject to section 17K of chapter 32A, section 47DD of chapter 175, section 8FF of chapter 176A, section 4FF of chapter 176B and section 4X of chapter 176G of the General Laws which are delivered, issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2013.

SECTION 7. Chapter 244 of the acts of 2012 is hereby amended by inserting, after section 25, the following section:-

SECTION 25A. Section 4 shall take effect on May 1, 2013.

Approved, January 3, 2013.


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