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Introduced Version Senate Bill 56 History

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Senate Bill No. 56

(By Senators Beach and Kessler (Mr. President))

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[Introduced January 11, 2012; referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §5-16-7f; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-15-22; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16-18; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16D-17, all relating to insurance coverage; and requiring coverage of spouses and dependents for pregnancy and contraceptive services.

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 §5-16-7f; that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-15-22; that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16-18; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-16D-17, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR,

SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL;

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES,

COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC.

ARTICLE 16. WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INSURANCE ACT.

§5-16-7F. Spouse and dependent pregnancy and contraceptive               coverage.

    Beginning January 1, 2013, any insurance plan in this article that provides insurance coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for a policyholder may not restrict or exempt coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for the spouse or dependants of the policyholder.

CHAPTER 33. INSURANCE.

ARTICLE 15. ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.

§33-15-22. Spouse and dependent pregnancy and contraceptive               coverage.

    Beginning January 1, 2013, any insurance plan in this article that provides insurance coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for a policyholder may not restrict or exempt coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for the spouse or dependants of the policyholder.

ARTICLE 16. GROUP ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE.

§33-16-18. Spouse and dependent pregnancy and contraceptive               coverage.

    Beginning January 1, 2013, any insurance plan in this article that provides insurance coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for a policyholder may not restrict or exempt coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for the spouse or dependants of the policyholder.

ARTICLE 16D. MARKETING AND RATE PRACTICES FOR SMALL EMPLOYER ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES.

§33-16D-17. Spouse and dependent pregnancy and contraceptive coverage.

    Beginning January 1, 2013, any insurance plan in this article that provides insurance coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for a policyholder may not restrict or exempt coverage for pregnancy or contraceptives for the spouse or dependants of the policyholder.




    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require insurance coverage of spouses and dependents for pregnancy and contraceptive services.


    §5-16-7f, §33-15-22, §33-16-18 and §33-16D-17 are new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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