HB414 (2023) Detail

Relative to health insurance coverage for preventative PFAS care.


HB 414-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2023 SESSION

23-0581

05/08

 

HOUSE BILL 414-FN

 

AN ACT relative to health insurance coverage for preventative PFAS care.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. W. Thomas, Hills. 12; Rep. N. Murphy, Hills. 12

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires insurance coverage for preventative PFAS care.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

23-0581

05/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three

 

AN ACT relative to health insurance coverage for preventative PFAS care.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Coverage for Preventative PFAS Care; Individual Coverage.  Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 6-a1 the following new section:

415:6-bb  Coverage for Preventative PFAS Care.  Each insurer that issues or renews any individual policy, plan or contract of accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses shall provide to persons covered by such insurance, who are residents of this state, coverage for preventative per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) care.  For purposes of this section, "preventative PFAS care" means medical treatment provided in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention/The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry guidelines for care of an individual with elevated levels of PFAS chemicals in their blood.  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.

2  New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Coverage for Preventative PFAS Care; Group.  Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 18-ee the following new section:

415:18-ff  Coverage for Preventative PFAS Care.  Each insurer that issues or renews a policy of group or blanket accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses shall provide to persons covered by such insurance, who are residents of this state, coverage for preventative perfluoroalkyls (PFAS) care.  For purposes of this section, "preventative PFAS care" means medical treatment provided in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention/The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry guidelines for care of an individual with elevated levels of PFAS chemicals in their blood.  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.

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  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

23-0581

1/3/23

 

HB 414-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to health insurance coverage for preventative PFAS care.

 

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

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires insurance coverage for preventative PFAS care.  The Insurance Department states this bill would apply to individual and group or blanket health insurance coverage offered by health insurance companies, health services corporations, and health maintenance organizations in the State of New Hampshire.  The Department assumes the coverage required is likely to be something that would already be covered under the health plans affected.  The coverage is likely to already exist under more general categories of coverage such as coverage for wellness visits and laboratory tests.  If the bill does represent an expansion of coverage, then there could be inflationary pressure on claim costs that may impact premium rates and benefit designs.   This may also impact premium tax revenue.  

 

The Department assumes the bill would qualify for a review pursuant to RSA 400-A:39-b, which provides: "Whenever a legislative measure containing a mandated benefit is proposed, the standing committee of either the house or the senate having jurisdiction over the proposal may refer the proposal to the insurance department for review and evaluation."  

 

The Department notes, under federal regulation at CFR Section 155.170, passage of this bill could possibly be considered a state action to add a health benefit which is above or in addition to the Essential Health Benefits offered in the Exchange Marketplace.  This could be the case even though the specific coverage required is already subsumed under existing categories of coverage. Under this regulation, the state must make payments to defray the cost of the additional required benefits to Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollees or to QHP issuers.  This would be a general fund expense which is indeterminable at this time.  However, under RSA 400-A:39-b, the legislative committee having jurisdiction over this bill may refer the proposed mandated coverage to the Insurance Department which is authorized to retain an external actuarial review of the costs and benefits of the proposed mandate. In this manner, a qualified opinion of the cost could be obtained.  In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages states to reach out to CMS concerning any state defrayal questions in advance of passing and implementing benefit mandates and to provide QHP issuers in the state ample time to quantify the cost attributable to each additional required benefit and report these calculations to the state.

 

It is assumed that any fiscal impact would occur after FY 2023.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Insurance Department

 

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 26, 2023 House Hearing
Jan. 26, 2023 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB414 Revision: 37309 Date: Jan. 9, 2023, 4:26 p.m.

Docket


Jan. 19, 2023: Public Hearing: 01/26/2023 02:00 pm LOB 302-304


Jan. 18, 2023: Public Hearing: 01/26/2023 02:00 pm LOB 302-304


Jan. 10, 2023: Introduced (in recess of) 01/05/2023 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs