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NO. 52. AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF MEDICALLY NECESSARY CARE AND TREATMENT OF CANCER.

(H.255)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 8 V.S.A. 8079e is added to read:

8079e. CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT

(a) A health insurance plan shall provide coverage for medically-necessary growth cell stimulating factor injections taken as part of a prescribed chemotherapy regimen.

(b) As used in this section, "health insurance plan" means an individual or group health insurance policy, hospital or medical service corporation service contract, or health maintenance organization health benefit plan offered, issued, or renewed in this state.

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage and shall apply to any health insurance plan offered or renewed on or after the effective date.

Approved: June 26, 1997