1997 Regular Session
By: Representative Nettles
House Bill 234
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 83-9-39, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THAT CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES PROVIDE MINIMUM COVERED BENEFITS FOR TREATMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 83-9-39, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
83-9-39. (1) All alternative delivery systems and all individual and group health insurance policies, plans or programs issued, renewed, continued, issued for delivery or executed after July 1, 1997, that are regulated by the State of Mississippi * * * shall provide minimum covered benefits in accordance with Section 83-9-41 for the treatment of mental illness, except for policies which only provide coverage for specified diseases and other limited benefit health insurance policies and negotiated labor contracts. * * *
(2) Covered benefits for inpatient treatment of mental illness in insurance policies and other contracts subject to Sections 83-9-37 through 83-9-43 shall be limited to inpatient services certified as necessary by a health service provider.
(3) Covered benefits for outpatient treatment of mental illness in insurance policies and other contracts subject to Sections 83-9-37 through 83-9-43 shall be limited to outpatient services certified as necessary by a health service provider.
(4) Before an insured party may qualify to receive benefits under Sections 83-9-37 through 83-9-43, a health service provider shall certify that the individual is suffering from mental illness and refer the individual for the appropriate treatment.
(5) All mental illness, treatment or services with respect to such treatment eligible for health insurance coverage shall be subject to professional utilization and peer review procedures.
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(6) The exclusion period for coverage of a preexisting mental condition shall be the same period of time as that for other medical illnesses covered under the same plan, program or contract.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.