SB 568 – California

Status: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
Link: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB568

Deductibles: chronic disease management.
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, in accordance with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires a health care service plan or health insurance issuer offering coverage in the individual or small group market to ensure that the coverage includes the essential health benefits package and defines this package to mean coverage that, among other requirements, includes preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management. Existing law, with respect to those individual or group health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies, prohibits the copayment, coinsurance, or any other form of cost sharing for a covered outpatient prescription drug for an individual prescription from exceeding $250, as specified. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract that covers hospital, medical, or surgical expenses to include coverage for certain equipment and supplies for the management and treatment of various types of diabetes as medically necessary, even if those items are available without a prescription.
This bill would prohibit a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2022, from imposing a deductible requirement for a covered prescription drug and the above equipment and supplies, and would limit the amount paid for the benefit by an enrollee, subscriber, policyholder, or insured to no more than the amount of copayment or coinsurance specified in the applicable summary of benefits and coverage, as specified. This bill would prohibit a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that meets the definition of a “high deductible health plan” under specified federal law from imposing a deductible requirement with respect to any covered benefit for preventive care, in accordance with that law. Because a violation of the requirements of the bill 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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