CSHB 393(L&C): "An Act requiring that certain health care insurance plans provide coverage for the costs of colorectal cancer screening examinations and laboratory tests; and providing for an effective date."
00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 393(L&C) 01 "An Act requiring that certain health care insurance plans provide coverage for the 02 costs of colorectal cancer screening examinations and laboratory tests; and providing 03 for an effective date." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 06 to read: 07 SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage 08 Act of 2006. 09 * Sec. 2. AS 21.42 is amended by adding a new section to read: 10 Sec. 21.42.377. Coverage for colorectal cancer screening. (a) Except for a 11 fraternal benefit society, a health care insurer that offers, issues for delivery, delivers, 12 or renews in this state a health care insurance plan shall provide coverage for the costs 13 of colorectal cancer screening examinations and laboratory tests under the schedule 14 described in (b) of this section. The coverage required by this section is subject to
01 standard policy provisions applicable to other benefits, including deductible or 02 copayment provisions. 03 (b) The minimum coverage required under (a) of this section for colorectal 04 cancer screening includes coverage for colorectal cancer examinations and laboratory 05 tests specified in current American Cancer Society guidelines or United States 06 Preventative Services Task Force guidelines for colorectal cancer screening of 07 asymptomatic individuals. 08 (c) Coverage provided under this section applies to a covered individual who 09 is 10 (1) at least 50 years of age; or 11 (2) less than 50 years of age and at high risk for colorectal cancer. 12 (d) All screening options identified in (b) of this section shall be covered by 13 the insurer, with the choice of option determined by the covered individual in 14 consultation with a health care provider. 15 (e) For individuals considered to be at average risk for colorectal cancer, 16 coverage or benefits shall be provided for the choice of screening, so long as it is 17 conducted in accordance with the specified frequency. For individuals considered at 18 high risk for colorectal cancer, screening shall be provided at a frequency determined 19 necessary by a health care provider. 20 (f) Each health care insurer or health benefit plan shall notify each enrollee 21 annually of the coverage for colorectal cancer screenings and provide the current 22 American Cancer Society guidelines for colorectal cancer screenings. The notice shall 23 be delivered by mail unless the enrollee and health carrier have agreed on another 24 method of notification. 25 (g) In this section, "individual considered at high risk for colorectal cancer" 26 means an individual who faces a high risk for colorectal cancer because of 27 (1) family history; 28 (2) prior experience of cancer or precursor neoplastic polyps; 29 (3) a history of chronic digestive disease condition, including 30 inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's Disease, or ulcerative colitis; 31 (4) the presence of any appropriate recognized gene markers for