98RS HB555


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HB 555 (BR 1973) - B. Crall, S. Baugh, J. Gooch, M. Treesh

     AN ACT relating to health insurance.
     Create new sections of Subtitles 17 and 18 of KRS Chapter 304 pertaining to health insurance to incorporate provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act that include guaranteed renewability, pre-existing condition restrictions, and guaranteed issuance; permit health insurers that left Kentucky on or after July 15, 1995 to reenter the state and do business; amend KRS 304 17A-095 to delete provision that requires a rate hearing if the proposed increase exceeds the amount in excess of three percent above the increase in the consumer price index; require that rates be deemed approved if the filing contains a loss ratio guarantee; amend KRS 304.14-130, 304.18-050, 304.14-120, and 304.38-200 to conform; create new sections of Subtitles 17, 18, 32, and 38 of KRS Chapter 304 to require health insurance policies that provide coverage for family members to provide the same benefits for legally adopted children or children for which the insured is the legally appointed guardian; require minimum inpatient care for mother and newly born child; create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to provide for the phase out of the Kentucky Health Purchasing Alliance by June 30, 1999; create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to provide for provisions on patient protections; require insurers to disclose certain information to enrollees; require managed care plans to provide telephone access, reasonable standards for waiting times for appointments, coverage for emergency room screening and stabilization without prior authorization, and a policy for termination of providers; prohibit providers from being penalized for disclosure of certain information; require plans to have drug utilization review; require a denial letter be sent to enrollee within 20 days of denial of coverage for experimental services; require plans to appoint a physician as medical director; establish a patient's right of privacy; repeal effective July 1, 1999 the following statutes: KRS 304.17A-010, 304.17A-020, 304.17A-030, 304.17A-040, 304.17A-050, 304.17A-060, 304.17A-070, 304.17A-090, 304.17A-100, 304.17A-110, 304.17A-120, 304.17A-130, 304.17A-135, 304.17A-140, 304.17A-145, 304.17A-150, and 304.17A-160; EMERGENCY.


     HCA (1, B. Crall) - Allow individuals and small businesses to deduct health insurance costs from income taxes.
     HCA (2, B. Crall) - Require a financial impact statement for legislation that contains a mandated health insurance benefit.

     Feb 10-introduced in House
     Feb 11-to Banking and Insurance (H)
     Feb 17-posted in committee
     Mar 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendments (1) and (2)
     Mar 13-2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)

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