HB 272: "An Act relating to insurance coverage for anti-cancer medications."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 272 01 "An Act relating to insurance coverage for anti-cancer medications." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 21.42 is amended by adding a new section to read: 04 Sec. 21.42.430. Coverage for anti-cancer medication. (a) Except for a 05 fraternal benefit society, a health care insurer that offers, issues for delivery, delivers, 06 or renews in this state a health care insurance plan that provides coverage for anti- 07 cancer medications that are injected or intravenously administered by a health care 08 provider and patient-administered anti-cancer medications, including those orally 09 administered or self-injected, may not require a higher copayment, deductible, or 10 coinsurance amount for a patient-administered medication than it requires for an anti- 11 cancer medication injected or intravenously administered by a health care provider, 12 regardless of the formulation or benefit category determination by the policy or plan. 13 (b) A health care insurer may not offset the costs of compliance with (a) of 14 this section by 15 (1) increasing the copayment, deductible, or coinsurance amount
01 required for anti-cancer medications injected or intravenously administered by a health 02 care provider that are covered under the health insurance plan; or 03 (2) reclassifying benefits with respect to anti-cancer medications. 04 (c) In this section, "anti-cancer medication" means a drug or biologic used to 05 kill cancerous cells or to slow or prevent the growth of cancerous cells. 06 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 07 read: 08 APPLICABILITY. AS 21.42.430, enacted by sec. 1 of this Act, applies to a health 09 insurance policy that is offered, issued for delivery, delivered, or renewed on or after the 10 effective date of this Act.