Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1172Primary Sponsor: FordCommittee Number: 02Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Emotional or nervous disordersResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Banking and InsuranceComputer Document Number: BBM/10906JM.94Introduced Date: 19940210Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19940210Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: FordType of Legislation: General Bill
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TO PROVIDE THAT EACH INSURED COVERED FOR MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, OR NERVOUS DISORDERS OR CONDITIONS MUST BE ALLOWED TO SELECT THE PHYSICIAN OR CERTAIN OTHER SPECIFIED PROVIDER TO TREAT THE DISORDER OR CONDITION, AND REQUIRE THE INSURER TO PAY THE COVERED CHARGES UP TO THE LIMITS OF COVERAGE IF THE DISORDER OR CONDITION TREATED IS COVERED BY THE INSURANCE POLICY AND THE PHYSICIAN OR OTHER SPECIFIED PROVIDER IS LICENSED BY THE STATE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. On and after the effective date of this section, each insured who is covered for mental, emotional, or nervous disorders or conditions must be allowed to select the physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist of his choice to treat the disorder or condition, and the insurer must pay the covered charges for the physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or the Licensed Master Social Worker, the Licensed Independent Social Worker, the Licensed Professional Counselor, the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or the Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist up to the limits of coverage; provided, that (1) the disorder or condition treated is covered by the insurance policy, and (2) the physician, Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Independent Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist is licensed by the State.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.