00 HOUSE BILL NO. 29
01 "An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and
02 providing for an effective date."
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
04 * Section 1. AS 21.42.422 is amended to read:
05 Sec. 21.42.422. Coverage for telehealth [AND MENTAL HEALTH
06 BENEFITS]. A health care insurer that offers, issues for delivery, or renews in the
07 state a health care insurance plan in the group or individual market [THAT
08 PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS] shall provide coverage for [MENTAL
09 HEALTH] benefits provided through telehealth by a health care provider licensed in
10 this state and may not require that prior in-person contact occur between a health care
11 provider and a patient before payment is made for covered services.
12 * Sec. 2. AS 21.42.422 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
13 (b) In this section,
14 (1) "health care insurer" means a person transacting the business of
01 health care insurance, including an insurance company licensed under AS 21.09, a
02 hospital or medical service corporation licensed under AS 21.87, a fraternal benefit
03 society licensed under AS 21.84, a health maintenance organization licensed under
04 AS 21.86, the Comprehensive Health Insurance Association described in
05 AS 21.55.010, a multiple employer welfare arrangement, a church plan, and a
06 governmental plan, except for a nonfederal governmental plan that elects to be
07 excluded under 42 U.S.C. 300gg-21(a)(2) (Health Insurance Portability and
08 Accountability Act of 1996);
09 (2) "telehealth" has the meaning given in AS 47.05.270(e).
10 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
12 APPLICABILITY. AS 21.42.422, as amended by sec. 1 of this Act, applies to a health
13 care insurance plan offered, issued for delivery, delivered, or renewed on or after the effective
14 date of this Act.
15 * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect July 1, 2020.