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SB 123 - AS INTRODUCED

2021 SESSION

21-1016

05/10

SENATE BILL 123

AN ACT relative to copayments for COVID-19 testing.

SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 1; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Woods, Merr. 23

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

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ANALYSIS

This bill waives cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing under accident and health insurance policies.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-1016

05/10

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

AN ACT relative to copayments for COVID-19 testing.

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

1 New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waived; Individual. Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 6-aa the following new section:

415:6-bb Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waived. Each insurer that issues or renews any individual policy of accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, shall waive cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including any out-of-network charges, for certificate holders of such insurance who are residents of this state.

2 New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID)-19 Waived; Group. Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 18-ee the following new section:

415:18-ff Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waived. 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, shall waive cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including any out-of-network charges, for certificate holders of such insurance, who are residents of this state.

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 415:6-z, RSA 415:6-a1, RSA 415:6-bb, 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 415:18-dd, RSA 415:18-ee, RSA 415:18-ff, 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 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 415:6-z, RSA 415:6-a1, RSA 415:6-bb, 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 415:18-dd, RSA 415:18-ee, RSA 415:18-ff, RSA 415-A, RSA 415-F, RSA 420-G, and RSA 420-J shall apply to health maintenance organizations.

5 New Paragraph; State Employees Health Insurance; Medical and Surgical Benefits. Amend RSA 21-I:30 by inserting after paragraph XVI the following new paragraph:

XVII. Medical and surgical benefits provided under this subdivision shall include waiving cost-sharing for testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

6 New Subparagraph; Medicaid Managed Care, Cost-Sharing for Certain Testing Waived. Amend RSA 126-A:5, XIX by inserting after subparagraph (k) the following new subparagraph:

(l) Managed care organizations shall waive all cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for Medicaid recipients receiving care pursuant to this paragraph.

I. Sections 1-4 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2021.

II. The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

SB 123 - AS INTRODUCED

2021 SESSION

21-1016

05/10

SENATE BILL 123

AN ACT relative to copayments for COVID-19 testing.

SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 1; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Woods, Merr. 23

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

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ANALYSIS

This bill waives cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing under accident and health insurance policies.

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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.

21-1016

05/10

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

AN ACT relative to copayments for COVID-19 testing.

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

1 New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waived; Individual. Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 6-aa the following new section:

415:6-bb Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waived. Each insurer that issues or renews any individual policy of accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, shall waive cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including any out-of-network charges, for certificate holders of such insurance who are residents of this state.

2 New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID)-19 Waived; Group. Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 18-ee the following new section:

415:18-ff Cost-Sharing for Testing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waived. 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, shall waive cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including any out-of-network charges, for certificate holders of such insurance, who are residents of this state.

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 415:6-z, RSA 415:6-a1, RSA 415:6-bb, 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 415:18-dd, RSA 415:18-ee, RSA 415:18-ff, 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 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 415:6-z, RSA 415:6-a1, RSA 415:6-bb, 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 415:18-dd, RSA 415:18-ee, RSA 415:18-ff, RSA 415-A, RSA 415-F, RSA 420-G, and RSA 420-J shall apply to health maintenance organizations.

5 New Paragraph; State Employees Health Insurance; Medical and Surgical Benefits. Amend RSA 21-I:30 by inserting after paragraph XVI the following new paragraph:

XVII. Medical and surgical benefits provided under this subdivision shall include waiving cost-sharing for testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

6 New Subparagraph; Medicaid Managed Care, Cost-Sharing for Certain Testing Waived. Amend RSA 126-A:5, XIX by inserting after subparagraph (k) the following new subparagraph:

(l) Managed care organizations shall waive all cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for Medicaid recipients receiving care pursuant to this paragraph.

I. Sections 1-4 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2021.

II. The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.