AB 797 – CaliforniaStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
Health care coverage: treatment for infertility.
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law imposes various requirements and restrictions on health care service plans and health insurers, including, among other things, a requirement that every group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that is issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 1990, offer coverage for the treatment of infertility, except in vitro fertilization. Existing law provides that any employer that is a religious organization, or health care service plans and health insurers that are a subsidiary of an entity whose owner or corporate member is a religious organization, shall not be required to offer coverage for forms of treatment of infertility in a manner inconsistent with the religious organization’s religious and ethical principles, as specified.
This bill would require every health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that is issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2022, to provide coverage for the treatment of infertility. The bill would revise the definition of infertility, and would remove the exclusion of in vitro fertilization from coverage. The bill would delete the exemption for religiously affiliated employers, health care service plans, and health insurance policies, from the requirements relating to coverage for the treatment of infertility, thereby imposing these requirements on these employers, plans, and policies. The bill would also delete the requirement that a health care service plan contract and health insurance policy provide infertility treatment under agreed-upon terms that are communicated to all group contractholders and prospective group contractholders. Because the violation of these provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
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