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SB 59/HM (BR 1026) - T. Buford

     AN ACT relating to health insurance coverage for dialysis patients.
     Create new sections of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require a health benefit plan with a provider network to provide coverage for the dialysis provider of the insured's choice; prevent restriction of the dialysis benefit during open enrollment; define "unreasonable distance" and prohibit travel of such distance for in-network dialysis service; provide coverage for out-of-network dialysis if the distance for in-network dialysis is unreasonable; require written notice of any change to a health plan with a provider network that would affect a dialysis patient's coverage or benefit level concerning out-of-network coverage; require payment directly to the dialysis provider and not to the patient; require the executive director of the Office of Insurance to conduct a review of all filings to determine compliance within 120 days of the effective date of the Act; require insurers to notify the office of any violations; authorize the office to promulgate necessary regulations to implement the provisions of the Act; provide that the new sections may be cited as the Dialysis Patients' Bill of Rights; create a new section of Subtitle 99 of KRS Chapter 304 to establish fines for violations; amend KRS 304.17A-550 to conform.

     Jan 8-introduced in Senate
     Jan 9-to Banking & Insurance (S)
     Mar 24-reassigned to Appropriations & Revenue (S)

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