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Introduced Version House Bill 2613 History

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H. B. 2613


(By Delegates Susman, Martin, Ennis and Perdue)
[Introduced
February 23, 2005 ; referred to the
Committee on Banking and Insurance then Finance.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16-18 , relating to providing insurance coverage for osteoporosis screening and 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 §33-16-18
, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 16. GROUP ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.

§33-16-18. Osteoporosis screening; treatment.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary any accident and sickness policy or certificate issued in this State after the first day of July, two thousand five, by any licensed health management organization, group or individual insurer, hospital service corporation or medical service corporation must include a benefit for an annual osteoporosis screening for each insured above the age of thirty. In addition, the policy or certificate must provide for the treatment of osteoporosis. If the policy or certificate provides a pharmacy benefit, the plan must also cover pharmaceutical treatment for osteoporosis.
Benefits are subject to normal copayments and deductibles as established by the policy or certificate.
The Commissioner shall by the first day of July, two thousand five, promulgate emergency rules providing for the type of tests that are covered by this section and other matters related to the implementation of this benefit.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require health issuers in this State to provide coverage for osteoporosis screening and treatment.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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