17:48E-35.20 Health service corporation to provide coverage for mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
3. a. (1) Every individual and group health service corporation contract that provides hospital or medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1985, C. 236 (C. 17:48E-1 et seq.), or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act shall provide coverage for mental health conditions and substance use disorders under the same terms and conditions as provided for any other sickness under the contract and shall meet the requirements of the federal Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, 42 U.S.C. S.18031(j), and any amendments to, and federal guidance or regulations issued under that act, including 45 C. F.R. Parts 146 and 147 and 45 C. F.R. S.156.115(a)(3).
(2) As used in this section:
“Mental health condition” means a condition defined to be consistent with generally recognized independent standards of current medical practice referenced in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisorderS.
“Same terms and conditions” means that the health service corporation cannot apply more restrictive non-quantitative limitations, such as utilization review and other criteria or more quantitative limitations such as copayments, deductibles, aggregate or annual limits or benefit limits to mental health condition and substance use disorder benefits than those applied to substantially all other medical or surgical benefitS.
“Substance use disorder” means a disorder defined to be consistent with generally recognized independent standards of current medical practice referenced in the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisorderS.
b. (Deleted by amendment, Phamplet Law 2019, Chapter 58)
C. The provisions of this section shall apply to all contracts in which the health service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.
d. Nothing in this section shall reduce the requirement for a health service corporation to provide benefits pursuant to section 3 of Phamplet Law 2017, Chapter 28 (C. 17:48E-35.38).
L.1999, C. 106, S.3; amended 2019, C. 58, S.3.
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