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NO. 10. AN ACT RELATING TO CLINICAL TRIALS FOR CANCER PATIENTS.

(H.255)

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

Sec. 1. 8 V.S.A. 4088b is added to read:

4088b. CLINICAL TRIALS FOR CANCER PATIENTS

(a) The commissioner shall, after notice and hearing, issue rules and regulations requiring that all health benefit plans issued in this state provide coverage for routine costs for patients who participate in cancer clinical trials. Any rules or regulations adopted under this section shall:

(1) be effective for a three-year period commencing March 1 after the effective date of this section;

(2) be limited to the coverage of routine costs for patients who participate in a cancer clinical trial;

(3) be restricted to approved cancer clinical trials conducted under the auspices of the following cancer care providers ("cancer care providers"): Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and approved clinical trials being administered by a Vermont hospital and its affiliated, qualified Vermont cancer care providers; and

(4) require the cancer care providers and the four largest health insurers, as measured by covered lives in Vermont, to participate in an analysis of cost data at the conclusion of the second full calendar year after enactment to determine the financial impact of the clinical trial pilot program on health care insurance premiums.

(b) The commissioner shall present these findings in a report to the general assembly by October 1, 2004.

(c) As used in this section, "health benefit plan" means any health insurance policy or health benefit plan offered by a health insurer as defined in 18 V.S.A. 9402(7).

(d) The Vermont agency of human services through its Vermont Medicaid program shall participate in the provisions of this section in the same manner as insurers as defined in 18 V.S.A. 9402(7).

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved: April 26, 2001