Enrolled HB 29: Relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.

00Enrolled HB 29 01 Relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an 02 effective date. 03 _______________ 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 11 read: 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 immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).