Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1444Primary Sponsor: GieseCommittee Number: 02Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Health insurance to include prostrate cancer examsResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Banking and InsuranceComputer Document Number: JIC/6383.ACIntroduced Date: Apr 02, 1992Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Apr 02, 1992Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: GieseType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 1444 Senate Apr 02, 1992 Introduced, read first time, 02 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-147 SO AS TO REQUIRE AN INSURER TO INCLUDE COVERAGE FOR PROSTATE CANCER EXAMINATIONS, SCREENING, AND LABORATORY WORK FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES IN ALL HEALTH AND ACCIDENT OR HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES ISSUED AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1992.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-71-147. (A) An insurer authorized to issue an individual or group accident and health or health insurance policy in this State shall include coverage for prostate cancer examinations, screenings, and laboratory work for diagnostic purposes in the policy. Diagnostic procedures that must be included in the coverage, but are not limited to, ultrasonography and prostate specific antigen screening and at a minimum must be provided for men fifty years of age or older.
(B) The coverage required to be offered under subsection (A) may not contain any exclusions, reductions, or other limitations as to coverages, deductibles, or coinsurance provisions which apply to that coverage unless these provisions apply generally to other similar benefits provided or paid for under the accident and health or health insurance policy.
(C) Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit the issuance of an accident and health or health insurance policy which provides benefits greater than those required to be offered by subsections (A) and (B) or more favorable to the insured than those required to be offered by subsections (A) and (B).
(D) This section applies to individual and group accident and health and health insurance policies issued by a fraternal benefit society, a nonprofit hospital service corporation, a nonprofit medical service corporation, a health care plan, a health maintenance organization, or any similar entity.
(E) For purposes of this section, `policy' means any benefit plan, contract, or policy except a disability income policy, specified disease policy, or hospital indemnity policy."
SECTION 2. Section 38-71-147 of the 1976 Code, added in Section 1 of this act, applies to accident and health and health insurance policies issued after December 31, 1992.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.