Legislature(2009 - 2010)
2009-01-21 Senate JournalFull Journal pdf
2009-01-21 Senate Journal Page 0028 SB 21 SENATE BILL NO. 21 BY SENATORS DAVIS, Ellis, entitled: "An Act requiring health care insurers to provide coverage for treatment of mental health, alcoholism, and substance abuse conditions, and requiring parity between health care insurance coverage for mental health, alcoholism, and substance abuse benefits and other medical care benefits; eliminating different treatment for mental health conditions from the minimum benefits of the state health insurance plan; removing an exclusion for mental health services or alcohol or drug abuse from the definition of basic health care services in the law relating to health maintenance organizations; repealing a provision that allows optional insurance coverage for treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse based on the number of employees and the duration of employment; repealing a definition of costs applicable solely to treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse, including a provision that allows the cost for treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse to be determined by the insurance contract or by a contract between the treatment provider and the health care insurer; repealing a definition of mental health benefits that excludes treatment of substance abuse or chemical dependency; and providing for an effective date." (Prefile released January 9, 2009) 2009-01-21 Senate Journal Page 0029 was read the first time and referred to the Health and Social Services, Labor and Commerce and Finance Committees.