SB 744 Mandates that insurers provide coverage for eating disorders and establishes the Missouri Eating Disorder Council to administer various eating disorder education and awareness programs
Sponsor: Pearce
LR Number: 3474S.01I Fiscal Note: 3474-01N.ORG
Committee: Small Business, Insurance and Industry
Last Action: 4/20/2010 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee - 3474S.02C Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2010

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SCS/SB 744 - The act establishes within the Department of Mental Health the "Missouri Eating Disorder Council" which shall consist of the following persons to be selected by and the number of members to be determined by the director of the Department of Mental Health:

(1) Director's designees from the department of mental health;

(2) Eating disorder researchers, clinicians, and patient advocacy groups; and

(3) The general public.

The number of members on the council is determined by director of the Department of Mental Health. The act sets forth the members' terms and how the council must conduct their meetings.

Under the act, the council has the power to oversee the eating disorder education and awareness programs established by the act. The council is also empowered to identify whether adequate treatment and diagnostic services are available in the state.

Under the act, the Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Departments of Health and Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Higher Education and in consultation with the Missouri eating disorder council, must develop and implement certain education and awareness programs which are delineated in the act.

The provisions contained in this act are similar to ones contained in SB 463 and HB 519 (2009). The provisions are also contained in the truly agreed to version of CCS/HCS/SCS/SB 754 (2010).

STEPHEN WITTE