Ohio Senate Bill 254 - Mental Health Parity

Regarding mental health and substance use disorder benefit parity.

SUMMARY:

To ensure that mental health and substance absue treatment is covered under insurance in the same manner as physcial health. 

The bill:

  • Repeals state law provisions requiring parity between standard medical benefits and mental health benefits in favor of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), thereby ultimately reducing the number of health benefit plans required to provide mental health parity.
  • Repeals certain mental health coverage minimum requirements that apply to sickness and accident insurers.
  • Amends the Health Insuring Corporation Law in relation mental health benefits.
  • Requires health benefit plans subject to the MHPAEA to report to the Superintendent of Insurance or Department of Medicaid, as applicable, on parity compliance.
  • Prohibits certain coverage limitations for health benefit plans subject to the MHPAEA for drugs prescribed in relation to a substance use disorder.
  • Requires the Superintendent of Insurance to produce an annual report on MHPAEA enforcement.
  • Requires the Department of Medicaid to produce a biennial report on MHPAEA compliance.

PRIMARY SPONSORS:

Senators Gavarone and O'Brien

SECONDARY SPONSORS:

Senators Antonio and Thomas

COMMITTEE:

Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee

COMPANION BILL:

HB 443

LINK TO BILL:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-SB-254

LEGISLATION STATUS:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-status?id=GA133-SB-254

BILL STATUS:

Senate Activity 

Introduced in the Senate on December 11, 2019

Refered to Committee on December 17, 2019

Committee hearings on:

            January 29, 2020

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