2010 -- H 7260

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LC00106

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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2010

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A N A C T

RELATING TO INSURANCE -- AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

     

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Palumbo, Naughton, Corvese, Jackson, and D Caprio

     Date Introduced: January 28, 2010

     Referred To: House Corporations

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

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     SECTION 1. Chapter 27-18 of the General Laws entitled "Accident and Sickness

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Insurance Policies" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

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     27-18-71. Mandatory coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum

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disorders. (a) As used in this section:

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     (1) "Applied behavior analysis" means the design, implementation and evaluation of

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environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially

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significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation,

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measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior.

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     (2) "Autism services provider" means any person, entity, or group that provides treatment

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of autism spectrum disorders.

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     (3) "Autism spectrum disorders" means any of the pervasive developmental disorders as

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defined by the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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(DSM), including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Not

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Otherwise Specified.

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     (4) "Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders" means medically necessary assessment,

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evaluations, or tests to diagnose whether an individual has one of the autism spectrum disorders.

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     (5) "Habilitative or rehabilitative care" means professional counseling, and guidance

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services and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis, that are necessary to

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develop, maintain, and restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of an

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individual.

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     (6) "Health insurance policy" means any group health policy or contract issued by an

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insurance entity subject to chapters 18, 19, 20 and 41 of title 27 of the general laws.

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     (7) "Medically necessary" means reasonably expected to do the following:

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     (i) Prevent the onset of an illness, condition, injury or disability;

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     (ii) Reduce or ameliorate the physical, mental or developmental effects of an illness,

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condition, injury or disability; or

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     (iii) Assist to achieve or maintain maximum functional capacity in performing daily

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activities, taking into account both the functional capacity of the individual and the functional

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capacities that are appropriate for individuals of the same age.

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     (8) "Pharmacy care" means medications prescribed by a licensed physician and any

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health-related services deemed medically necessary to determine the need or effectiveness of the

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medications.

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     (9) "Psychiatric care" means direct or consultative services provided by a psychiatrist

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licensed in the state in which the psychiatrist practices.

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     (10) "Psychological care" means direct or consultative services provided by a

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psychologist licensed in the state in which the psychologist practices.

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     (11) "Therapeutic care" means services provided by licensed or certified speech

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therapists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists.

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     (12) "Treatment for autism spectrum disorders" will include the following care

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prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum

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disorders by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be

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medically necessary:

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     (i) Habilitative or rehabilitative care;

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     (ii) Pharmacy care;

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     (iii) Psychiatric care;

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     (iv) Psychological care; and

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     (v) Therapeutic care.

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     (b)(1) Every individual or group health insurance contract, plan, or policy delivered,

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issued for delivery or renewed in this state shall provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment

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of autism spectrum disorders. No insurer shall terminate coverage, or refuse to deliver, execute,

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issue, mend, adjust, or renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual is diagnosed

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with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum

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disorders.

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     (2) The coverage required under this section shall not be subject to dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that are less favorable to an insured than the dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that apply to physical illness generally under the health

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insurance policy.

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     (3) Coverage under this section shall not be subject to any limits on the number of visits

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an individual may make to an autism services provider.

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     (4) This section shall not be construed as limiting benefits that are otherwise available to

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an individual under a health insurance policy.

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     SECTION 2. Chapter 27-19 of the General Laws entitled "Nonprofit Hospital Service

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Corporations" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

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     27-19-62. Mandatory coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum

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disorders. (a) As used in this section:

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     (1) "Applied behavior analysis" means the design, implementation and evaluation of

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environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially

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significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation,

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measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior.

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     (2) "Autism services provider" means any person, entity, or group that provides treatment

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of autism spectrum disorders.

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     (3) "Autism spectrum disorders" means any of the pervasive developmental disorders as

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defined by the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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(DSM), including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Not

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Otherwise Specified.

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     (4) "Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders" means medically necessary assessment,

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evaluations, or tests to diagnose whether an individual has one of the autism spectrum disorders.

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     (5) "Habilitative or rehabilitative care" means professional counseling, and guidance

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services and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis, that are necessary to

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develop, maintain, and restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of an

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individual.

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     (6) "Health insurance policy" means any group health policy or contract issued by an

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insurance entity subject to chapters 18, 19, 20 and 41 of title 27 of the general laws.

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     (7) "Medically necessary" means reasonably expected to do the following:

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     (i) Prevent the onset of an illness, condition, injury or disability;

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     (ii) Reduce or ameliorate the physical, mental or developmental effects of an illness,

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condition, injury or disability; or

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     (iii) Assist to achieve or maintain maximum functional capacity in performing daily

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activities, taking into account both the functional capacity of the individual and the functional

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capacities that are appropriate for individuals of the same age.

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     (8) "Pharmacy care" means medications prescribed by a licensed physician and any

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health-related services deemed medically necessary to determine the need or effectiveness of the

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medications.

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     (9) "Psychiatric care" means direct or consultative services provided by a psychiatrist

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licensed in the state in which the psychiatrist practices.

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     (10) "Psychological care" means direct or consultative services provided by a

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psychologist licensed in the state in which the psychologist practices.

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     (11) "Therapeutic care" means services provided by licensed or certified speech

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therapists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists.

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     (12) "Treatment for autism spectrum disorders" will include the following care

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prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum

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disorders by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be

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medically necessary:

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     (i) Habilitative or rehabilitative care;

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     (ii) Pharmacy care;

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     (iii) Psychiatric care;

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     (iv) Psychological care; and

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     (v) Therapeutic care.

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     (b)(1) Every individual or group health insurance contract, plan, or policy, including any

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nonprofit hospital service contract plan or policy delivered, issued for delivery or renewed in this

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state shall provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. No

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insurer shall terminate coverage, or refuse to deliver, execute, issue, mend, adjust, or renew

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coverage to an individual solely because the individual is diagnosed with one of the autism

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spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

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     (2) The coverage required under this section shall not be subject to dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that are less favorable to an insured than the dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that apply to physical illness generally under the health

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insurance policy.

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     (3) Coverage under this section shall not be subject to any limits on the number of visits

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an individual may make to an autism services provider.

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     (4) This section shall not be construed as limiting benefits that are otherwise available to

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an individual under a health insurance policy.

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     SECTION 3. Chapter 27-20 of the General Laws entitled "Nonprofit Medical Service

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Corporations" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following sections:

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     27-20-57. Mandatory coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum

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disorders. (a) As used in this section:

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     (1) "Applied behavior analysis" means the design, implementation and evaluation of

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environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially

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significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation,

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measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior.

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     (2) "Autism services provider" means any person, entity, or group that provides treatment

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of autism spectrum disorders.

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     (3) "Autism spectrum disorders" means any of the pervasive developmental disorders as

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defined by the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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(DSM), including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Not

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Otherwise Specified.

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     (4) "Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders" means medically necessary assessment,

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evaluations, or tests to diagnose whether an individual has one of the autism spectrum disorders.

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     (5) "Habilitative or rehabilitative care" means professional counseling, and guidance

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services and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis, that are necessary to

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develop, maintain, and restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of an

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individual.

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     (6) "Health insurance policy" means any group health policy or contract issued by an

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insurance entity subject to chapters 18, 19, 20 and 41 of title 27 of the general laws.

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     (7) "Medically necessary" means reasonably expected to do the following:

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     (i) Prevent the onset of an illness, condition, injury or disability;

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     (ii) Reduce or ameliorate the physical, mental or developmental effects of an illness,

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condition, injury or disability; or

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     (iii) Assist to achieve or maintain maximum functional capacity in performing daily

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activities, taking into account both the functional capacity of the individual and the functional

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capacities that are appropriate for individuals of the same age.

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     (8) "Pharmacy care" means medications prescribed by a licensed physician and any

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health-related services deemed medically necessary to determine the need or effectiveness of the

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medications.

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     (9) "Psychiatric care" means direct or consultative services provided by a psychiatrist

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licensed in the state in which the psychiatrist practices.

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     (10) "Psychological care" means direct or consultative services provided by a

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psychologist licensed in the state in which the psychologist practices.

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     (11) "Therapeutic care" means services provided by licensed or certified speech

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therapists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists.

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     (12) "Treatment for autism spectrum disorders" will include the following care

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prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum

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disorders by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be

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medically necessary:

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     (i) Habilitative or rehabilitative care;

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     (ii) Pharmacy care;

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     (iii) Psychiatric care;

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     (iv) Psychological care; and

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     (v) Therapeutic care.

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     (b)(1) Any nonprofit medical service contract, plan, or policy delivered, issued for

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delivery or renewed in this state shall provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism

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spectrum disorders. No insurer shall terminate coverage, or refuse to deliver, execute, issue,

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mend, adjust, or renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual is diagnosed with

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one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

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     (2) The coverage required under this section shall not be subject to dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that are less favorable to an insured than the dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that apply to physical illness generally under the health

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insurance policy.

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     (3) Coverage under this section shall not be subject to any limits on the number of visits

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an individual may make to an autism services provider.

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     (4) This section shall not be construed as limiting benefits that are otherwise available to

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an individual under a health insurance policy.

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     SECTION 4. Chapter 27-41 of the General Laws entitled "Health Maintenance

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Organizations" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

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     27-41-75. Mandatory coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum

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disorders. (a) As used in this section:

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     (1) "Applied behavior analysis" means the design, implementation and evaluation of

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environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially

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significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation,

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measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior.

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     (2) "Autism services provider" means any person, entity, or group that provides treatment

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of autism spectrum disorders.

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     (3) "Autism spectrum disorders" means any of the pervasive developmental disorders as

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defined by the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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(DSM), including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Not

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Otherwise Specified.

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     (4) "Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders" means medically necessary assessment,

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evaluations, or tests to diagnose whether an individual has one of the autism spectrum disorders.

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     (5) "Habilitative or rehabilitative care" means professional counseling, and guidance

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services and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis, that are necessary to

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develop, maintain, and restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of an

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individual.

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     (6) "Health insurance policy" means any group health policy or contract issued by an

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insurance entity subject to chapters 18, 19, 20 and 41 of title 27 of the general laws.

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     (7) "Medically necessary" means reasonably expected to do the following:

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     (i) Prevent the onset of an illness, condition, injury or disability;

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     (ii) Reduce or ameliorate the physical, mental or developmental effects of an illness,

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condition, injury or disability; or

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     (iii) Assist to achieve or maintain maximum functional capacity in performing daily

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activities, taking into account both the functional capacity of the individual and the functional

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capacities that are appropriate for individuals of the same age.

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     (8) "Pharmacy care" means medications prescribed by a licensed physician and any

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health-related services deemed medically necessary to determine the need or effectiveness of the

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medications.

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     (9) "Psychiatric care" means direct or consultative services provided by a psychiatrist

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licensed in the state in which the psychiatrist practices.

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     (10) "Psychological care" means direct or consultative services provided by a

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psychologist licensed in the state in which the psychologist practices.

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     (11) "Therapeutic care" means services provided by licensed or certified speech

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therapists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists.

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     (12) "Treatment for autism spectrum disorders" will include the following care

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prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum

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disorders by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be

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medically necessary:

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     (i) Habilitative or rehabilitative care;

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     (ii) Pharmacy care;

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     (iii) Psychiatric care;

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     (iv) Psychological care; and

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     (v) Therapeutic care.

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     (b)(1) Every health maintenance organization contract, plan, or policy delivered, issued

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for delivery or renewed in this state shall provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of

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autism spectrum disorders. No insurer shall terminate coverage, or refuse to deliver, execute,

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issue, mend, adjust, or renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual is diagnosed

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with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum

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disorders.

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     (2) The coverage required under this section shall not be subject to dollar limits,

8-14

deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that are less favorable to an insured than the dollar limits,

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deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that apply to physical illness generally under the health

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insurance policy.

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     (3) Coverage under this section shall not be subject to any limits on the number of visits

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an individual may make to an autism services provider.

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     (4) This section shall not be construed as limiting benefits that are otherwise available to

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an individual under a health insurance policy.

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     SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon passage.

     

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EXPLANATION

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

OF

A N A C T

RELATING TO INSURANCE -- AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

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     This act would require coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum

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disorders.

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     This act would take effect upon passage.

     

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LC00106

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H7260