00RS HB450


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HB 450/HM (BR 1534) - M. Marzian, K. Stein, B. Colter, J. Jenkins, E. Jordan

     AN ACT relating to health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
     Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to define "outpatient contraceptive services"; prohibit a health benefit plan that provides benefits for prescription drug services or devices from excluding or restricting benefits to covered persons for any prescription contraceptive drug or device approved by the FDA; prohibit a health benefit plan that provides outpatient services from excluding or restricting outpatient contraceptive services; prohibit a health benefit plan from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, cost-sharing, or waiting period on prescription contraceptive drugs or devices or on outpatient contraceptive services, if the deductible, coinsurance, cost-sharing, or waiting period is greater than that imposed on other prescription drugs, devices, or services; prohibit a health benefit plan from denying a person eligibility or enrollment due to use or potential use of contraceptive devices or services; prohibit a health benefit plan from penalizing or reducing payments to a health care provider because the provider had prescribed or provided contraceptive drugs or devices; prohibit health benefit plan from providing incentives to a health care professional to withhold contraceptive devices or services; provide that Act applies to all health benefit plans issued, renewed, or delivered on or after the effective date of the Act.


     HFA (1, B. Heleringer) - Retain original provisions except specify that outpatient contraceptive services shall not include services, drugs, or devices used to induce an abortion; permit employer or covered person who objects to coverage for contraceptives on religious grounds to sign waiver of coverage.
     HFA (2, M. Marzian) - Amend definition of "outpatient contraceptive services" to exclude medical services, drugs, or devises that are used in a manner to induce an abortion; define "religious employer"; require an insurer to issue to a religious employer a health benefit plan that excludes coverage for prescription contraceptive services, drugs, or devices if requested if the exclusion is requested by the religious employer; require insurer to provide a written notice to each insured if these services are excluded from coverage.

     Jan 24-introduced in House
     Jan 25-to Banking and Insurance (H)
     Jan 26-reassigned to Health and Welfare (H)
     Jan 27-posted in committee
     Feb 8-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 9-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (2) filed
     Feb 14-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 15, 2000
     Feb 24-3rd reading; floor amendment (2) defeated ; passed 71-24 with floor amendment (1)
     Feb 25-received in Senate
     Mar 1-to Health and Welfare (S)

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