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HB 18-1357 - House Bill

Behavioral Health Care Ombudsperson Parity Reports

Introduced
Apr 04, 2018
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed Into Law

This bill creates the Office of the Ombudsperson for Behavioral Health Access to Care in the Office of the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Governor is required to designate an ombudsperson by January 1, 2019, who will be the director of the Office of the Ombudsperson. The office will be administered under the direction and supervision of DHS but will exercise its prescribed statutory power, duties, and function independently of the DHS executive director. The Commissioner of Insurance and the DHS executive director will appoint liaisons to the ombudsperson to receive reports of concerns, complaints, and potential violations.

The duties of the ombudsperson include:
• resolving access and coverage issues;
• monitoring concerns, complaints, and potential violations of state or federal law;
• receiving and reporting concerns and complaints relating to inappropriate care;
• providing information to help consumers obtain behavioral health care;
• developing appropriate points of contact for referrals;
• assisting in filing appeals or complaints; and
• reporting every September 1 to the Governor, DHS executive director, the Commissioner of Insurance, and the House and Senate health committees.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers report specific information to the Commissioner of Insurance on mental health parity requirements beginning January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter. The Commissioner of Insurance may adopt rules to implement the reporting requirements. By March 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, the commissioner will provide a written report and presentation to the General Assembly on carrier compliance with rules, the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, any regulations associated with the act, or guidance related to compliance with and oversight of the act. The report is also required to include information on market conduct examinations related to mental health parity and any educational or corrective actions taken to ensure carrier compliance.

Votes

Yes No Other
REPASS 40 20 0
PERM 57 7 0
CONCUR 49 11 0
AMD 60 4 0
BILL 38 26 0
BILL 27 7 0
AMEND 34 0 0

Actions

Date Chamber Action
May 24, 2018 executive Governor Signed
May 16, 2018 upper Signed by the President of the Senate
May 16, 2018 executive Sent to the Governor
May 16, 2018 lower Signed by the Speaker of the House
May 04, 2018 lower House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
May 04, 2018 upper Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
May 03, 2018 upper Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
May 03, 2018 upper Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
May 03, 2018 upper Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
May 01, 2018 upper Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
May 01, 2018 lower House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
Apr 30, 2018 lower House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Apr 30, 2018 lower House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
Apr 17, 2018 lower House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Apr 04, 2018 lower Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services