2000 Regular Session
By: Representatives Stevens, Barbour, Chism, Coleman (65th), Dedeaux, Dickson, Eads, Formby, Ketchings, Robinson (63rd), Simpson
House Bill 654
(As Passed the House)
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT CERTAIN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES SHALL PROVIDE RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AFTER A MASTECTOMY HAS BEEN PERFORMED; TO PROVIDE THAT WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF SUCH COVERAGE SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE POLICYHOLDER UPON ENROLLMENT AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following section shall be codified in Chapter 9 of Title 85:
(1) As used in this section, the term "health insurance issuer" means any insurance company, hospital or medical service plan or any entity defined in Section 83-41-303(N), which offers group or individual health insurance coverage in the State of Mississippi.
(2) A health insurance issuer providing health insurance coverage in connection with a group or individual health plan that provides medical and surgical benefits with respect to a mastectomy shall provide an insured or enrollee who is receiving benefits in connection with a mastectomy and who elects breast reconstruction in connection with such mastectomy, coverage for all stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy has been performed; surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance; and prostheses and physical complications of mastectomy, including lymphedemas in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient. Such coverage may be subject to annual deductibles and coinsurance provisions as may be deemed appropriate and as are consistent with those established for other benefits under the plan or coverage. Written notice of the availability of such coverage shall be delivered to the insured in the case of an individual policy, and to the certificate holder in the case of a group policy, upon enrollment and annually thereafter.
(3) A health insurance issuer providing health insurance coverage in connection with a group or individual health plan shall provide notice to the named insured in the case of an individual policy, and to each certificate holder in the case of a group policy, regarding the coverage required by this section. Such notice shall be in writing and prominently positioned in any literature or correspondence made available or distributed by the health insurance issuer and shall be transmitted to the named insured or certificate holder not later than July 1, 2000. The notice prescribed by this subsection shall be filed with and approved by the Commissioner of Insurance before distribution by the health insurance issuer.
(4) A health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage in connection with a group health plan, may not:
(a) Deny to a patient eligibility, or continued eligibility, to enroll or to renew coverage under the terms of the plan solely for the purpose of avoiding the requirements of the section; or
(b) Penalize or otherwise reduce or limit the reimbursement of an attending provider or provide incentives (monetary or otherwise) to an attending provider to induce such provider to provide care to an insured or enrollee in a manner inconsistent with this section.
(5) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from negotiating the level and type of reimbursement with a provider for care provided in accordance with this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.