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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 923

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 2782

 

*02782_______INS*

Referred to Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

 

Introduced by:

 

(INS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND CERTAIN CANCER SCREENINGS.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2012) Each individual health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 of the general statutes delivered, issued for delivery, renewed or continued in this state shall provide coverage for lung cancer screening tests, in accordance with the recommendations established by the American Lung Association, after consultation with the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology, based on the ages, family histories and frequencies provided in the recommendations. Benefits under this section shall be subject to the same terms and conditions applicable to all other benefits under such policies.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2012) Each group health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 of the general statutes delivered, issued for delivery, renewed or continued in this state shall provide coverage for lung cancer screening tests, in accordance with the recommendations established by the American Lung Association, after consultation with the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology, based on the ages, family histories and frequencies provided in the recommendations. Benefits under this section shall be subject to the same terms and conditions applicable to all other benefits under such policies.

Sec. 3. Section 38a-492k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2012):

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, amended, renewed or continued in this state [on or after October 1, 2001,] shall provide coverage for colorectal cancer screening, including, but not limited to, (1) an annual fecal occult blood test, and (2) colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy or radiologic imaging, in accordance with the recommendations established by the American College of Gastroenterology, after consultation with the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology, based on the ages, family histories and frequencies provided in the recommendations. Benefits under this section shall be subject to the same terms and conditions applicable to all other benefits under such policies.

Sec. 4. Section 38a-518k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2012):

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, amended, renewed or continued in this state [on or after October 1, 2001,] shall provide coverage for colorectal cancer screening, including, but not limited to, (1) an annual fecal occult blood test, and (2) colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy or radiologic imaging, in accordance with the recommendations established by the American College of Gastroenterology, after consultation with the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology, based on the ages, family histories and frequencies provided in the recommendations. Benefits under this section shall be subject to the same terms and conditions applicable to all other benefits under such policies.

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

Section 1

January 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 2

January 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 3

January 1, 2012

38a-492k

Sec. 4

January 1, 2012

38a-518k

Statement of Purpose:

To require (1) health insurance coverage for lung cancer screening tests, and (2) the American College of Gastroenterology to additionally consult with the American College of Radiology for colorectal cancer screening recommendations.

[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.]