CSSB 82(HES): "An Act requiring that the cost of contraceptives obtained by prescription and related health care services be included in health insurance coverage."
00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 82(HES) 01 "An Act requiring that the cost of contraceptives obtained by prescription and 02 related health care services be included in health insurance coverage." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Contraceptive Coverage Act 05 of 1999. 06 * Sec. 2. FINDINGS AND INTENT. (a) The legislature finds that 07 (1) contraceptive technology is constantly changing and that even medical 08 experts disagree on how certain methods of contraception work; therefore, it is unwise to 09 dispute specific methods of contraception; and 10 (2) contraceptives have the primary purpose of, or special utility for, preventing 11 conception. 12 (b) It is the intent of the legislature that 13 (1) insurance providers be required to cover the cost of contraceptives obtained 14 by prescription and related health care services;
01 (2) conception be understood as the fertilization of an ovum; and 02 (3) insurance providers not be required to cover the cost of prescriptive drugs 03 necessary to cause the rejection of a fertilized ovum. 04 * Sec. 3. AS 21.42 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Sec. 21.42.390. Coverage for contraceptives by prescription. (a) Except 06 as provided in (b) of this section, a health care insurer that offers, issues for delivery, 07 delivers, or renews in this state a health care insurance plan shall provide coverage for 08 contraceptives obtained by prescription and related health care services. The coverage 09 required under this section is subject to standard policy provisions applicable to other 10 benefits, including deductible or copayment provisions. 11 (b) This section does not apply to a policy 12 (1) issued to an individual; 13 (2) issued to a qualified church-controlled organization with a religious- 14 based objection to contraceptives; or 15 (3) that does not provide coverage for drugs obtained by prescription. 16 (c) In this section, 17 (1) "health care services" includes consultations, examinations, 18 procedures, and services medically necessary to prescribe or administer contraceptives; 19 (2) "qualified church-controlled organization" has the meaning given 20 in 26 U.S.C. 3121(w)(3).