February 21, 2001





HOUSE BILL No. 1381

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DIGEST OF HB 1381 (Updated February 20, 2001 12:06 PM - DI 92)



Citations Affected: IC 5-10.

Synopsis: Mental health insurance coverage. Includes services for substance abuse and chemical dependency within the definition of "coverage of services for mental illness" for purposes of the law prohibiting the application of treatment limitations or financial requirements to coverage of services for mental illness under state employee health benefit plans if similar limitations or requirements do not apply to the coverage of services for other medical or surgical conditions. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Indiana commission on mental health.)

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Crosby, Goeglein




    January 11, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Insurance, Corporations and Small Business.
    February 8, 2001, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
    February 12, 2001, referred to Committee on Ways and Means pursuant to House Rule 127.
    February 20, 2001, reported _ Do Pass.







February 21, 2001

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1381



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning insurance.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 5-10-8-9; (01)HB1381.2.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 5-10-8-9, AS AMENDED BY P.L.81-1999, $ECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 9. (a) This section does not apply if the application of this section would increase the premiums of the health services policy or plan, as certified under IC 27-8-5-15.7, by more than four percent (4%) as a result of complying with subsection (c).
    (b) As used in this section, "coverage of services for mental illness" includes benefits with respect to mental health services as defined by the contract, policy, or plan for health services. However, The term does not include includes services for the treatment of substance abuse or and chemical dependency.
    (c) If the state enters into a contract for health services through prepaid health care delivery plans, medical self-insurance, or group health insurance for state employees, the contract may not permit treatment limitations or financial requirements on the coverage of services for mental illness if similar limitations or requirements are not imposed on the coverage of services for other medical or surgical

conditions.
    (d) This section applies to a contract for health services through prepaid health care delivery plans, medical self-insurance, or group medical coverage for state employees that is issued, entered into, or renewed after June 30, 1997.
    (e) This section does not require the contract for health services to offer mental health benefits.
    SECTION 2. (

SOURCE: IC 5-10-8-9; (01)HB1381.2.1. --> a) IC 5-10-8-9, as amended by this act, applies to a contract for:
        (1) health services through prepaid health care delivery plans;
        (2) medical self-insurance; or
        (3) group health insurance;
for state employees that is entered into, delivered, or renewed after June 30, 2001.
    (b) This $ECTION expires June 30, 2004.