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General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 5032

 

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 158

   

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. MORIN, 28th Dist.

 

AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BONE MARROW TESTING.

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

That chapter 700c of the general statutes be amended to require individual and group health insurance policies to provide coverage for expenses arising from human leukocyte antigen testing for utilization in bone marrow transplantation. Such policies shall not impose an out-of-pocket expense exceeding twenty per cent of the cost of such testing per year, and shall (1) require that such testing be performed in a facility accredited by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, and (2) limit coverage to individuals who complete and sign a consent form that also authorizes the results of the test to be used for participation in the National Marrow Donor Program. Such policies may limit such coverage to a lifetime maximum benefit of one testing.

Statement of Purpose:

To provide health insurance coverage for expenses arising from bone marrow testing.