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SB-221 Health care coverage: lipodystrophy syndrome.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/02/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 221


Introduced by Senator Wiener
(Coauthors: Senators Atkins and Galgiani)

February 02, 2017


An act to add Section 1367.47 to the Health and Safety Code, to add Section 10123.92 to the Insurance Code, and to add Section 14132.04 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to health care coverage.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 221, as introduced, Wiener. Health care coverage: lipodystrophy syndrome.
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies to provide coverage for specified benefits.
This bill would require health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies issued, amended, renewed, or delivered on or after January 1, 2018, to include coverage for medical or drug treatments to correct or repair disturbances of body composition caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated lipodystrophy syndrome, including, but not limited to, reconstructive surgery, such as suction assisted lipectomy, other restorative procedures and dermal injections or fillers for reversal of facial lipoatrophy syndrome, as provided. Because a willful violation of the bill’s provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. Existing law provides for coverage of certain medical services, including, but not limited to, physician, hospital or clinic outpatient, surgical center, optometric, chiropractic, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and audiology under the Medi-Cal program.
This bill would require the Medi-Cal program to cover medical or drug treatments to correct or repair disturbances of body composition caused by HIV associated lipodystrophy syndrome, including, but not limited to, reconstructive surgery, such as suction assisted lipectomy, other restorative procedures and dermal injections or fillers for reversal of facial lipoatrophy syndrome, as provided.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1367.47 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1367.47.
 (a) A health care service plan contract issued, amended, renewed, or delivered on or after January 1, 2018, shall include coverage for medical or drug treatments to correct or repair disturbances of body composition caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated lipodystrophy syndrome, including, but not limited to, reconstructive surgery, such as suction assisted lipectomy, other restorative procedures and dermal injections or fillers for reversal of facial lipoatrophy syndrome. Coverage shall be subject to a statement from a treating provider that the treatment is necessary for correcting, repairing, or ameliorating the effects of HIV associated lipodystrophy syndrome.
(b) This section shall not apply to accident-only, specified disease, hospital indemnity, Medicare supplement, dental-only, or vision-only health care service plan contracts.

SEC. 2.

 Section 10123.92 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:

10123.92.
 (a) A health insurance policy issued, amended, renewed, or delivered on or after January 1, 2018, shall include coverage for medical or drug treatments to correct or repair disturbances of body composition caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated lipodystrophy syndrome, including, but not limited to, reconstructive surgery, such as suction assisted lipectomy, other restorative procedures and dermal injections or fillers for reversal of facial lipoatrophy syndrome. Coverage shall be subject to a statement from a treating provider that the treatment is necessary for correcting, repairing, or ameliorating the effects of HIV associated lipodystrophy syndrome.
(b) This section shall not apply to accident-only, specified disease, hospital indemnity, CHAMPUS supplement, TRI-CARE supplement, Medicare supplement, dental-only, or vision-only health insurance policies.

SEC. 3.

 Section 14132.04 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14132.04.
 (a) A covered Medi-Cal benefit shall include medical or drug treatments to correct or repair disturbances of body composition caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated lipodystrophy syndrome, including, but not limited to, reconstructive surgery, such as suction assisted lipectomy, other restorative procedures and dermal injections or fillers for reversal of facial lipoatrophy syndrome. Coverage shall be subject to a statement from a treating provider that the treatment is necessary for correcting, repairing, or ameliorating the effects of HIV associated lipodystrophy syndrome.
(b) This section shall be implemented only to the extent permitted by federal law.
(c) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement the provisions of this section by means of all-county letters, provider bulletins, or similar instructions, without taking further regulatory action.
(d) The department shall seek any necessary federal approval for federal financial participation and coverage of services in this section under the Medi-Cal program.

SEC. 4.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.