S1412aa...............................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE STATE EMPLOYEES - Adds to existing law to provide that state employees with serious mental illnesses must not be discriminated against in group disability insurance benefits or group health care service coverages; to define "serious mental illness"; to provide requirements for coverage of serious mental illness; to provide for a report to the Legislature of additional costs incurred to provide the coverage; and to provide a sunset date. 02/14 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/15 Rpt prt - to Com/HuRes 03/08 Rpt out - to 14th Ord 03/15 Rpt out amen - to engros 03/16 Rpt engros - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg as amen 03/17 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg as amen 03/21 3rd rdg as amen - PASSED - 33-2-1 AYES--Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King-Barrutia, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth, Williams NAYS--Cameron, Lee Absent and excused--Andreason Floor Sponsor - Wheeler Title apvd - to House 03/22 House intro - 1st rdg as amen - to Health/Wel
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1412, As Amended BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH PARITY IN STATE GROUP INSURANCE; STATING FINDINGS OF 3 THE LEGISLATURE; AMENDING CHAPTER 57, TITLE 67, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDI- 4 TION OF A NEW SECTION 67-5761A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT STATE EMPLOY- 5 EES WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESSES MUST NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN 6 GROUP DISABILITY INSURANCE BENEFITS OR GROUP HEALTH CARE SERVICE COVER- 7 AGES, TO DEFINE "SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS" AND TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR 8 COVERAGE OF SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESSES; TO PROVIDE FOR A REPORT TO THE LEG- 9 ISLATURE OF THE ADDITIONAL COSTS INCURRED TO PROVIDE THE COVERAGE; AND TO 10 PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND A SUNSET DATE. 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 12 SECTION 1. FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE. The Legislature of the State of 13 Idaho finds that: 14 (1) Unequal health insurance coverage contributes to the destructive and 15 unfair stigmatization of persons with serious mental illnesses which are 16 beyond the control of the individuals in the same manner as cancer, diabetes 17 and other serious physical health problems; 18 (2) Schizophrenia strikes nearly one percent (1%) of Idahoans over the 19 course of their lifetimes and approximately thirty percent (30%) of all hospi- 20 talized psychiatric patients in the United States suffer from this most 21 disabling group of mental disorders; 22 (3) Left untreated, serious mental illnesses are some of the most 23 disabling and destructive illnesses afflicting Idahoans; 24 (4) Studies have found that up to ninety percent (90%) of all persons who 25 commit suicide suffer from a treatable serious mental illness, such as schizo- 26 phrenia, depression or manic-depressive illness; 27 (5) Seventy percent (70%) to eighty percent (80%) of those suffering from 28 depression respond quickly to treatment and eighty percent (80%) of the vic- 29 tims of schizophrenia can be relieved of acute symptoms with proper medica- 30 tion; and 31 (6) Approximately ninety-five percent (95%) of what is known about both 32 normal and abnormal functions of the brain has been learned in the past ten 33 (10) years, but millions of seriously mentally ill people have yet to benefit 34 from these research advances. 35 SECTION 2. That Chapter 57, Title 67, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 36 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 37 ignated as Section 67-5761A, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 38 67-5761A. MENTAL HEALTH PARITY IN STATE GROUP INSURANCE. (1) It is the 39 policy of the state of Idaho that state employees with serious mental ill- 40 nesses must not be discriminated against in group health care service cover- 41 ages. Such coverages must provide for the treatment of serious mental ill- 42 nesses in a manner that is equitable and commensurate with that provided for 2 1 other major physical illnesses. 2 (2) For the purposes of this section, "serious mental illness" means any 3 of the following psychiatric illnesses as defined by the American psychiatric 4 association in the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM) IV: 5 (a) Schizophrenia; 6 (b) Paranoia and other psychotic disorders; 7 (c) Bipolar disorders (mixed, manic and depressive); 8 (d) Major depressive disorders (single episode or recurrent); and 9 (e) Schizo-affective disorders (bipolar or depressive). 10 (3) To be considered nondiscriminatory and equitable under this act, 11 group health care service coverages shall provide benefits and cover services 12 that are essential to the effective treatment of serious mental illnesses in a 13 manner that: 14 (a) Is not more restrictive than benefits and coverages provided for 15 other major illnesses; 16 (b) Provides adequate financial protection to the person requiring the 17 medical treatment for a serious mental illness; and 18 (c) Is consistent with effective and common methods of controlling health 19 care costs for other major illnesses. 20 SECTION 3. The Department of Administration shall submit a report to the 21 Legislature by January 31, 2005, indicating the additional costs incurred to 22 provide the coverage required by this act for the first three (3) year period 23 of coverage. 24 SECTION 4. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July 25 1, 2001, and shall be null, void and of no force and effect on and after July 26 1, 2005.
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 Moved by Wheeler Seconded by Crow IN THE SENATE SENATE AMENDMENT TO S.B. NO. 1412 1 AMENDMENT TO THE BILL 2 On page 2, following line 22, insert: 3 "SECTION 4. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July 4 1, 2001, and shall be null, void and of no force and effect on and after July 5 1, 2005.". 6 CORRECTIONS TO TITLE 7 On page 1, in line 8, delete "AND"; and in line 9, following "COVERAGE" 8 insert: "; AND TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND A SUNSET DATE".
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 09654C2 The purpose of this legislation is to adopt the policy of non-discrimination in offering health care services for state employees with severe mental illnesses. There are five (5) conditions defined as severe mental illness. To be considered non-discriminatory under this act, group health care coverages shall provide benefits and cover-services for effective treatment that is not more restrictive than coverages for other major illnesses and is consistent with effective and common methods of controlling health care costs for other major illnesses. The Department of Administration is required to report the additional costs to the legislature after three years of implementation. FISCAL IMPACT The fiscal impact would be $1.2 million per year starting with fiscal year 2002. Contact Name: Sen. "Moon" Wheeler Phone: 332-1409 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1412