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A76, R77, S49
Sponsors: Senators Hayes, Elliott, Hutto, Leventis, Rankin, Patterson, Land, Short, Richardson, Lourie, McConnell and Courson
Document Path: l:\council\bills\ms\7018ahb05.doc
Companion/Similar bill(s): 3642, 3902
Introduced in the Senate on January 11, 2005
Introduced in the House on March 16, 2005
Last Amended on May 12, 2005
Passed by the General Assembly on May 12, 2005
Became law without Governor's signature, May 25, 2005
Summary: Health coverage for alcohol and substance abuse, mental illness
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/8/2004 Senate Prefiled 12/8/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Banking and Insurance 1/11/2005 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-104 1/11/2005 Senate Referred to Committee on Banking and Insurance SJ-104 3/9/2005 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Banking and Insurance SJ-23 3/10/2005 Senate Amended SJ-19 3/10/2005 Senate Read second time SJ-19 3/10/2005 Scrivener's error corrected 3/16/2005 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-26 3/16/2005 House Introduced and read first time HJ-90 3/16/2005 House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-90 4/6/2005 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-2 4/12/2005 House Debate adjourned until Wednesday, April 13, 2005 HJ-17 4/13/2005 House Amended HJ-36 4/13/2005 House Read second time HJ-37 4/14/2005 House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments HJ-14 4/18/2005 Senate House amendment amended SJ-44 4/18/2005 Senate Returned to House with amendments SJ-44 4/19/2005 Scrivener's error corrected 4/26/2005 House Non-concurrence in Senate amendment HJ-69 4/27/2005 Senate Senate insists upon amendment and conference committee appointed Hayes, Martin, and Short SJ-17 4/27/2005 House Conference committee appointed Reps. Tripp, Leach, and Cato HJ-106 5/11/2005 Senate Conference report adopted SJ-16 5/12/2005 House Conference report adopted HJ-4 5/12/2005 House Roll call Yeas-92 Nays-10 HJ-6 5/12/2005 House Ordered enrolled for ratification HJ-6 5/18/2005 Ratified R 77 5/25/2005 Became law without Governor's signature 6/1/2005 Copies available 6/1/2005 Effective date See Act for Effective Date 6/7/2005 Act No. 76
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A76, R77, S49)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-290 SO AS TO REQUIRE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS, TO ALLOW A PLAN THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR MANAGEMENT OF CARE OR THE SAME DEGREE OF MANAGEMENT OF CARE FOR ALL HEALTH CONDITIONS, TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT THROUGH A MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATION, TO ESTABLISH TREATMENT CONDITIONS TO QUALIFY FOR COVERAGE, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE IMPACT OF THIS ACT ON HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Insurance, health insurance plans, mental health coverage
SECTION 1. Chapter 71, Title 38 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-71-290. (A) As used in this section:
(1) 'Health insurance plan' means a health insurance policy or health benefit plan offered by a health insurer or a health maintenance organization, including a qualified health benefit plan offered or administered by the State, or a subdivision or instrumentality of the State, that provides health insurance coverage as defined by Section 38-71-670(6).
(2) 'Mental health condition' means the following psychiatric illnesses as defined by the 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)', and subsequent editions published by the American Psychiatric Association:
(a) Bipolar Disorder;
(b) Major Depressive Disorder;
(c) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder;
(d) Paranoid and Other Psychotic Disorder;
(e) Schizoaffective Disorder;
(g) Anxiety Disorder;
(h) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; and
(i) Depression in childhood and adolescence.
(3) 'Rate, term, or condition' means lifetime or annual payment limits, deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and other cost-sharing requirements, out-of-pocket limits, visit limits, and any other financial component of health insurance coverage that affects the insured.
(4) 'Settings' means either emergency, outpatient, or inpatient care.
(5) 'Modalities' means therapeutic methods or agents including, without limitation, surgery or pharmaceuticals.
(B) A health insurance plan must provide coverage for treatment of a mental health condition and may not establish a rate, term, or condition that places a greater financial burden on an insured for access to treatment for a mental health condition than for access to treatment for a physical health condition in similar settings and treatment modalities. Any deductible or out-of-pocket limits required under a health insurance plan must be comprehensive for coverage of both mental health and physical health conditions.
(C) A health insurance plan that does not otherwise provide for management of care under the plan, or that does not provide for the same degree of management of care for all health conditions, may provide coverage for treatment of mental health conditions through a managed care organization if the managed care organization is in compliance with regulations promulgated by the director. The regulations promulgated by the director must ensure that timely and appropriate access to care is available, that the quantity, location, and specialty distribution of health care providers is adequate, and that administrative or clinical protocols do not prevent access to medically necessary treatment for the insured.
(D) A health insurance plan complies with this section if at least one choice for treatment of mental health conditions provided to the insured within the plan has rates, terms, and conditions that place no greater financial burden on the insured than for access to treatment of physical conditions in similar settings and treatment modalities. The director may disapprove a plan that the director determines to be inconsistent with the purposes of this section.
(E) To be eligible for coverage under this section for the treatment of mental illness, the treatment must be rendered by a licensed physician, licensed mental health professional, or certified mental health professional in a mental health facility that provides a program for the treatment of a mental health condition pursuant to a written treatment plan. A health insurance plan may require a mental health facility, licensed physician, or licensed or certified mental health professional to enter into a contract as a condition of providing benefits.
(F) The provisions of this section do not:
(1) limit the provision of specialized medical services for individuals with mental health disorders;
(2) supersede the provisions of federal law, federal or state Medicaid policy, or the terms and conditions imposed on a Medicaid waiver granted to the State for the provision of services to individuals with mental health disorders; or
(3) require a health insurance plan to provide rates, terms, or conditions for access to treatment for mental illness that are identical to rates, terms, or conditions for access to treatment for a physical condition."
Department of Insurance, report to General Assembly
SECTION 2. Before July 1, 2008, the Department of Insurance shall report to the General Assembly an estimate of the impact of this act on health insurance costs.
State Employee Insurance Program directive
SECTION 3. The State Employee Insurance Program shall continue to provide mental health parity in the same manner and with the same management practices as included in the plan beginning in 2002, and is not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Insurance. The continuation by the State Employee Insurance Program of providing mental health parity in accordance with the plan set forth in 2002 constitutes compliance with this act.
SECTION 4. This act does not apply to a health insurance plan that is individually underwritten and does not apply to a health insurance plan provided to a small employer, as defined by Section 38-71-1330(17) of the 1976 Code.
SECTION 5. This act takes effect June 30, 2006, and applies to health insurance plans issued or renewed on or after the effective date of this act.
Ratified the 18th day of May, 2005.
Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 5/25/05.
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