SB 473 – California

Status: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021

Health care coverage: insulin cost sharing.
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’s requirements a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2000, to include coverage for equipment, supplies, and, if the contract or policy covers prescription benefits, prescriptive medications for the management and treatment of insulin-using diabetes, non-insulin-using diabetes, and gestational diabetes, as medically necessary.
This bill would prohibit a health care service plan contract or a health insurance policy that is issued, amended, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2022, from imposing cost sharing on a covered insulin prescription, except for a copayment not to exceed $50 per 30-day supply of insulin, or $100 for a supply exceeding 30 days, regardless of the amount or type of insulin. Because a willful 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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