SB 1151 Requires health carriers to provide coverage for mental health conditions in same manner as physical conditions
Sponsor:Steelman Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:3727S.01I Fiscal Note:3727-01
Committee:Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations
Last Action:03/10/04 - Hearing Conducted S Small Business, Insurance and Journal page:
Industrial Relations Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2004
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SB 1151 - This act requires health carriers that offer health benefit plans in Missouri to provide coverage for mental health conditions on or after January 1, 2005. Under current law, there are several exceptions to the requirement that health insurers provide the same coverage for mental illness and addictive disorders as they do for physical illness. This act repeals those exceptions.

Mental health conditions are defined as those listed in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Coverage for mental health conditions cannot have rates, terms or conditions that place a greater financial burden on an insured for treatment of a mental health condition than for treatment of a physical health condition.

This act is similar to HB 855 (2004).