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General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 5021

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 3382

 

*03382HB05021INS*

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

 

Introduced by:

 

(INS)

 

AN ACT EXPANDING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR OSTOMY SUPPLIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 38a-492j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2010):

Each individual health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 delivered, issued for delivery, renewed, amended or continued in this state on or after October 1, 2000, that provides coverage for ostomy surgery shall include coverage, up to [one] five thousand dollars annually, for medically necessary appliances and supplies relating to an ostomy including, but not limited to, collection devices, irrigation equipment and supplies, skin barriers and skin protectors. As used in this section, "ostomy" includes colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Payments under this section shall not be applied to any policy maximums for durable medical equipment. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to decrease policy benefits in excess of the limits in this section.

Sec. 2. Section 38a-518j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2010):

Each group health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 delivered, issued for delivery, renewed, amended or continued in this state on or after October 1, 2000, that provides coverage for ostomy surgery shall include coverage, up to [one] five thousand dollars annually, for medically necessary appliances and supplies relating to an ostomy including, but not limited to, collection devices, irrigation equipment and supplies, skin barriers and skin protectors. As used in this section, "ostomy" includes colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Payments under this section shall not be applied to any policy maximums for durable medical equipment. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to decrease policy benefits in excess of the limits in this section.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

January 1, 2010

38a-492j

Sec. 2

January 1, 2010

38a-518j

Statement of Purpose:

To expand health insurance coverage of ostomy-related supplies from one thousand dollars annually to five thousand dollars annually.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. FRITZ, 90th Dist.

H.B. 5021