AB 1451 – CaliforniaStatus: In Process
Year Introduced: 2023
Behavioral health crisis treatment. This bill would require a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, renewed, or delivered on or after January 1, 2024, to provide coverage for treatment of a behavioral health crisis that is identified during an appointment at a contracted facility where an enrollee or insured is receiving treatment from a contracted provider for a medical condition, as specified. The bill would authorize treatment for the behavioral health crisis to be provided at the contracted facility, if the facility has the appropriate staff to provide that care. The bill would require the treatment to be provided without preauthorization, and would authorize the provider or facility to use same-day billing to obtain reimbursement for both the medical and behavioral health services provided to the enrollee or insured. Because a violation of the bill’s requirements by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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