06RS HB719


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HB 719/HM (BR 2232) - B. DeWeese, T. McKee, D. Owens, T. Riner

     AN ACT relating to health benefit plan coverage of screening for prostate cancer.
     Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require a health benefit plan offered, issued, or renewed on or after January 1, 2007 to cover at least one annual screening for prostate cancer for all men 40 years or age or older and for those men 35 years of age or older who are considered high-risk for prostate cancer, including African-American men and those with a definite or indeterminate family history of prostate cancer according to the prostate cancer early detection guidelines of the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions and the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition; prohibit application of policy deductibles to the screening coverage; provide that at a minimum the screening shall consist of a prostate specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal examination; provide that if a health care provider recommends a prostate specific antigen test, coverage cannot be denied because the insured had a digital rectal examination and the results were negative.


     HFA (1/HM, B. DeWeese) - Amend KRS 304.17A-096 to prohibit basic benefit plans from excluding coverage for prostate screening and coverage for mammograms.

     HFA (2, B. DeWeese) - Make applicable to health benefit plans beginning January 1, 2008, rather than 2007; delete provision about application of deductible.

     Feb 27-introduced in House
     Feb 28-to Banking and Insurance (H)
     Mar 3-posted in committee
     Mar 8-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 9-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 10-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 13, 2006; floor amendments (1) and (2) filed
     Mar 13-3rd reading, passed 96-1 with floor amendment (2)
     Mar 14-received in Senate
     Mar 16-to Health and Welfare (S)

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