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HF 181

2nd Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 02/14/2013 03:53pm

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A bill for an act
relating to insurance; providing coverage for autism spectrum disorders;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 62A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [62A.3094] COVERAGE FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the terms defined in
paragraphs (b) to (e) have the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Autism spectrum disorders" means the conditions as determined by criteria
set forth in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
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new text begin (c) "Health plan" has the meaning given in section 62Q.01, subdivision 3.
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new text begin (d) "Medically necessary care" means health care services appropriate, in terms of
type, frequency, level, setting, and duration, to the enrollee's condition, and diagnostic
testing and preventative services. Medically necessary care must be consistent with
generally accepted practice parameters as determined by physicians and licensed
psychologists who typically manage patients who have autism spectrum disorders.
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new text begin (e) "Mental health professional" has the meaning given in section 245.4871,
subdivision 27.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Coverage required. new text end

new text begin (a) A health plan must provide coverage for the
diagnosis, evaluation, assessment, and medically necessary care of autism spectrum
disorders, including but not limited to the following:
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new text begin (1) intensive behavior therapy, including but not limited to applied behavior
analysis, intensive early intervention behavior therapy, intensive behavior intervention,
and Lovaas therapy;
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new text begin (2) neuro-developmental and behavioral health treatments and management;
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new text begin (3) speech therapy;
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new text begin (4) occupational therapy;
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new text begin (5) physical therapy; and
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new text begin (6) medications.
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new text begin (b) Coverage required under this section shall include treatment that is in accordance
with an individualized treatment plan prescribed by the insured's treating physician or
mental health professional.
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new text begin (c) A health plan may not refuse to renew or reissue, or otherwise terminate or
restrict, coverage of an individual solely because the individual is diagnosed with an
autism spectrum disorder.
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new text begin (d) A health plan may request an updated treatment plan only once every six months,
unless the health plan and the treating physician or mental health professional agree that a
more frequent review is necessary due to emerging circumstances.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin No effect on other law. new text end

new text begin Nothing in this section limits in any way the
coverage required under section 62Q.47.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin State health care programs. new text end

new text begin This section does not affect benefits available
under the medical assistance and MinnesotaCare programs and does not limit, restrict, or
otherwise reduce coverage under these programs.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2013, and applies to
coverage offered; issued; sold; renewed; or continued as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 60A.02, subdivision 2a; on or after that date.
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