Current Status Bill Number:
1207Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960305Primary Sponsor: LandAll Sponsors: LandDrafted Document Number: bbm\10637jm.96Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Banking and Insurance Committee 02 SBISubject: Insurance coverage, drugs used to treat cancer
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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-275 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NO INSURANCE POLICY WHICH PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR DRUGS SHALL EXCLUDE COVERAGE OF CERTAIN DRUGS USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE DRUG HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE FEDERAL FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION FOR THE SPECIFIC TYPE OF CANCER FOR WHICH THE DRUG HAS BEEN PRESCRIBED, TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, INCLUDING "MEDICAL LITERATURE", AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-71-275. (A) No insurance policy which provides coverage for drugs shall exclude coverage of any such drug used for the treatment of cancer on the grounds that the drug has not been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of the specific type of cancer for which the drug has been prescribed; provided, that such drug is recognized for treatment of that specific type of cancer in one of the standard reference compendia or in the medical literature.
(B) This section shall not be construed to:
(1) alter existing law with regard to provisions limiting the coverage of drugs that have not been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration;
(2) require coverage for any drug when the Federal Food and Drug Administration has determined its use to be contraindicated;
(3) require coverage for experimental drugs not otherwise approved for any indication by the Federal Food and Drug Administration;
(4) create, impair, alter, limit, modify, enlarge, abrogate, or prohibit reimbursement for drugs used in the treatment of any other disease or condition.
(C) For purposes of this section:
(1) `Insurance policy' means an individual, group, or blanket policy written by a medical expense indemnity corporation, a hospital service corporation, a health care service plan contract, or a private insurance plan issued, amended, delivered, or renewed in this State or which provides insurance for residents of this State.
(2) `Standard reference compendia' means:
(a) the United States Pharmacopoeia Drug Information;
(b) the American Medical Association Drug Evaluations; or
(c) the American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information.
(3) `Medical literature' means two articles from major peer-reviewed professional medical journals that have recognized, based on scientific or medical criteria, the drug's safety and effectiveness for treatment of the indication for which it has been prescribed unless one article from major peer-reviewed professional medical journals has concluded, based on scientific or medical criteria, that the drug is unsafe or ineffective or that the drug's safety and effectiveness cannot be determined for the treatment of the indication for which it has been prescribed."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect one hundred twenty days after approval by the Governor.