SB 562 – CaliforniaStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorders or autism.
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Knox-Keene Act), 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 also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or a health insurance policy to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for pervasive developmental disorder or autism. Existing law defines “behavioral health treatment” for these purposes to mean professional services and treatment programs, including applied behavior analysis and evidence-based behavior intervention programs that meet specified criteria.
This bill would modify that definition to mean professional services and treatment programs based on behavioral, developmental, relationship-based, or other evidence-based models, including applied behavior analysis and other evidence-based behavior intervention programs that meet the specified criteria.
Because a willful violation of the bill’s provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, it 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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