HB1281 (2020) Detail

(New Title) requiring insurance coverage for epinephrine auto-injectors.


HB 1281-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

19Feb2020... 0455h

2020 SESSION

20-2033

01/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1281-FN

 

AN ACT requiring insurance coverage for epinephrine auto-injectors.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11; Rep. Levesque, Straf. 4

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires insurance coverage for epipens.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Feb2020... 0455h

20-2033

01/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT requiring insurance coverage for epinephrine auto-injectors.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Coverage for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors; Individual.  Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 6-x the following new section:

415:6-y  Coverage for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors.  Each insurer that issues or renews any individual policy of accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, shall provide to certificate holders of such insurance, who are residents of this state, coverage for the cost of epinephrine auto-injectors.  Benefits provided under this section shall not be subject to any greater co-payment, deductible, or coinsurance than any other similar benefits provided by the insurer.  In this section, "epinephrine auto-injector” means a single-use device used for the automatic injection of a pre-measured dosage of epinephrine into the human body.

2  New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Coverage for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors; Group.  Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 18-bb the following new section:

415:18-cc  Coverage for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors.  Each insurer that issues or renews any policy of group or blanket accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, shall provide to certificate holders of such insurance, who are residents of this state, coverage for the cost of epinephrine auto-injectors.  Benefits provided under this section shall not be subject to any greater co-payment, deductible, or coinsurance than any other similar benefits provided by the insurer.  In this section, "epinephrine auto-injector” means a single-use device used for the automatic injection of a pre-measured dosage of epinephrine into the human body.

3  Health Services Corporations; Applicable Statutes.  Amend RSA 420-A:2 to read as follows:

420-A:2  Applicable Statutes.  Every health service corporation shall be governed by this chapter and the relevant provisions of RSA 161-H, and shall be exempt from this title except for the provisions of RSA 400-A:39, RSA 401-B, RSA 402-C, RSA 404-F, RSA 415-A, RSA 415-F, RSA 415:6, II(4), RSA 415:6-g, RSA 415:6-k, RSA 415:6-m, RSA 415:6-o, RSA 415:6-r, RSA 415:6-t, RSA 415:6-u, RSA 415:6-v, RSA 415:6-w, RSA 415:6-x, RSA 415:6-y, RSA 415:18, V, RSA 415:18, XVI and XVII, RSA 415:18, VII-a, RSA 415:18-a, RSA 415:18-i, RSA 415:18-j, RSA 415:18-o, RSA 415:18-r, RSA 415:18-t, RSA 415:18-u, RSA 415:18-v, RSA 415:18-w, RSA 415:18-y, RSA 415:18-z, RSA 415:18-aa, RSA 415:18-bb, RSA 415:18-cc, RSA 415:22, RSA 417, RSA 417-E, RSA 420-J, and all applicable provisions of title XXXVII wherein such corporations are specifically included.  Every health service corporation and its agents shall be subject to the fees prescribed for health service corporations under RSA 400-A:29, VII.

4  Health Services Corporations; Applicable Statutes; Effective January 2021.  Amend RSA 420-A:2 to read as follows:

420-A:2  Applicable Statutes.  Every health service corporation shall be governed by this chapter and the relevant provisions of RSA 161-H, and shall be exempt from this title except for the provisions of RSA 400-A:39, RSA 401-B, RSA 402-C, RSA 404-F, RSA 415-A, RSA 415-F, RSA 415:6, II(4), RSA 415:6-g, RSA 415:6-k, RSA 415:6-m, RSA 415:6-o, RSA 415:6-r, RSA 415:6-u, RSA 415:6-v, RSA 415:6-w, RSA 415:6-x, RSA 415:6-y, RSA 415:18, V, RSA 415:18, XVI and XVII, RSA 415:18, VII-a, RSA 415:18-a, RSA 415:18-i, RSA 415:18-j, RSA 415:18-o, RSA 415:18-r, RSA 415:18-t, RSA 415:18-u, RSA 415:18-v, RSA 415:18-w, RSA 415:18-z, RSA 415:18-aa, RSA 415:18-bb, RSA 415:18-cc, RSA 415:22, RSA 417, RSA 417-E, RSA 420-J, and all applicable provisions of title XXXVII wherein such corporations are specifically included.  Every health service corporation and its agents shall be subject to the fees prescribed for health service corporations under RSA 400-A:29, VII.  

5  Health Maintenance Organizations; Statutory Construction.  Amend RSA 420-B:20, III to read as follows:

III.  The requirements of RSA 400-A:39, RSA 401-B, RSA 402-C, RSA 404-F, RSA 415:6-g, RSA 415:6-m, RSA 415:6-o, RSA 415:6-r, RSA 415:6-t, RSA 415:6-u, RSA 415:6-v, RSA 415:6-w, RSA 415:6-x, RSA 415:6-y, RSA 415:18, VII-a, RSA 415:18, XVI and XVII, RSA 415:18-i, RSA 415:18-j, RSA 415:18-r, RSA 415:18-t, RSA 415:18-u, RSA 415:18-v, RSA 415:18-w, RSA 415:18-y, RSA 415:18-z, RSA 415:18-aa, RSA 415:18-bb, RSA 415:18-cc, RSA 415-A, RSA 415-F, RSA 420-G, and RSA 420-J shall apply to health maintenance organizations.

6  Health Maintenance Organizations; Statutory Construction; Effective January 1, 2021.  Amend RSA 420-B:20, III to read as follows:

III.  The requirements of RSA 400-A:39, RSA 401-B, RSA 402-C, RSA 404-F, RSA 415:6-g, RSA 415:6-m, RSA 415:6-o, RSA 415:6-r, RSA 415:6-u, RSA 415:6-v, RSA 415:6-w, RSA 415:6-x, RSA 415:6-y, RSA 415:18, VII-a, RSA 415:18, XVI and XVII, RSA 415:18-i, RSA 415:18-j, RSA 415:18-r, RSA 415:18-t, RSA 415:18-u, RSA 415:18-v, RSA 415:18-w, RSA 415:18-z, RSA 415:18-aa, RSA 415:18-bb, RSA 415:18-cc, RSA 415-A, RSA 415-F, RSA 420-G, and RSA 420-J shall apply to health maintenance organizations.  

7  Effective Date.

I.  Sections 4 and 6 shall take effect January 1, 2021 at 12:03 a.m.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2033

11/12/19

 

HB 1281-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring insurance coverage for epipens.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires insurance coverage for epipens.  The Insurance Department indicates this would be considered a state mandated benefit, and under federal law, the cost of coverage for this benefit for policies sold through the health insurance exchange would have to be borne by the State.  The Department states the additional coverage will impact claim costs and may impact premiums costs and premium tax revenue collected by the State.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services reports that coverage for epipens is already provided for Medicaid beneficiaries under the Medicaid program subject to a $1.00 copay.  Therefore, the bill would have no fiscal impact on the Medicaid program.

 

The Department of Administrative Services states the State Health Benefit Plan for employees and retirees is a government self-insured plan and not subject to managed care.  The bill would have no fiscal impact on the State Health Benefit Plan.

 

Assume bill will not take effect until July 1, 2020.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Departments of Insurance, Health and Human Services and Administrative Services

 

Links

HB1281 at GenCourtMobile
HB1281 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 4, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1281 Revision: 8193 Date: Feb. 20, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
HB1281 Revision: 6931 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 1 P. 16
Jan. 21, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 10:30 am LOB 302
Jan. 30, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/30/2020 01:00 pm LOB 302
Feb. 4, 2020 Executive Session: 02/04/2020 10:00 am LOB 302
Feb. 19, 2020 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0455h (NT) for 02/19/2020 (Vote 15-5; RC) HC 7 P. 27
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0455h (Vote 15-5; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Feb. 19, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0455h (NT): AA VV 02/19/2020
Feb. 19, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0455h (NT): MA RC 208-110 02/19/2020