WEST virginia legislature
2016 regular session
House Bill 4347
By Delegates Ellington, Summers, Faircloth, Rohrbach, Sobonya, Stansbury, Storch, Upson, B. White and Frich
[Passed March 12, 2016; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §9-5-24, relating to providing pregnant women priority to substance abuse treatment.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section designated, §9-5-24, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 5. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
§9-5-24. Requiring substance abuse treatment providers to give pregnant woman priority access to services.
Substance abuse treatment or recovery service providers that accept Medicaid shall give pregnant women priority in accessing services and shall not refuse access to services solely due to pregnancy as long as the provider's services are appropriate for pregnant women.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to give pregnant women priority to substance abuse treatment.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.