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Introduced Version Senate Bill 242 History

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WEST virginia Legislature

2018 regular session

Introduced

Senate Bill 242

By Senators Trump, Blair, Maroney, and Rucker

[Introduced January 11, 2018; Referred
to the Committee on Health and Human Resources
]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-6-38; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-15-4l; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16-3x; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-25A-8l, all relating to requiring health insurance providers to provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


ARTICLE 6. THE INSURANCE POLICY.


§33-6-38. Lyme disease to be covered by all health insurance policies.


All individual and group health insurance policies providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis and individual and group service or indemnity type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation shall provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease when determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a licensed physician after making a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, diagnostic test results, or response to treatment. An experimental drug shall be covered as a long-term antibiotic therapy if it is approved for any indication by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, a drug, including an experimental drug, shall be covered for an off-label use in the treatment of Lyme disease if the drug has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

ARTICLE 15. ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.


§33-15-4l. Lyme disease to be covered by all health insurance policies.


Any insurer who, on or after January 1, 2019, delivers or issues a policy of accident and sickness insurance in this state under the provisions of this article shall make available as benefits to all subscribers and members coverage on an expense-incurred basis and individual and group service or indemnity type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation shall provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease when determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a licensed physician after making a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, diagnostic test results, or response to treatment. An experimental drug shall be covered as a long-term antibiotic therapy if it is approved for any indication by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, a drug, including an experimental drug, shall be covered for an off-label use in the treatment of Lyme disease if the drug has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.


ARTICLE 16. GROUP ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.

§33-16-3x.  Lyme disease to be covered by all health insurance policies.


Any insurer who, on or after January 1, 2019, delivers or issues a policy of group accident and sickness insurance in this state under the provisions of this article shall make available as benefits to all subscribers and members coverage on an expense-incurred basis and individual and group service or indemnity type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation shall provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease when determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a licensed physician after making a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, diagnostic test results, or response to treatment. An experimental drug shall be covered as a long-term antibiotic therapy if it is approved for any indication by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, a drug, including an experimental drug, shall be covered for an off-label use in the treatment of Lyme disease if the drug has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

ARTICLE 25A. HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION ACT.

§33-25A-8l. Lyme disease to be covered by all health insurance policies.


A health maintenance organization issuing coverage in this state pursuant to the provisions of this article shall make available as benefits to all subscribers and members coverage on an expense-incurred basis and individual and group service or indemnity type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation shall provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease when determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a licensed physician after making a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, diagnostic test results, or response to treatment. An experimental drug shall be covered as a long-term antibiotic therapy if it is approved for any indication by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, a drug, including an experimental drug, shall be covered for an off-label use in the treatment of Lyme disease if the drug has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require health insurance providers to provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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