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ACT NO. 10

(H.255)

Insurance; Health Insurance; Clinical Trials for Cancer Patients

This act directs the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration to issue rules that will be effective from March 1, 2002 until March 1, 2005, requiring that all health benefit plans issued in Vermont provide coverage for routine costs for patients that participate in cancer clinical trials conducted under the auspices of the following cancer care providers: the 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.

The cancer care providers and the four largest health insurers in Vermont are required to participate in an analysis of cost data for a study on the act’s financial impact on

health care insurance premiums at the conclusion of the second year after enactment. The commissioner is directed to present the findings of the study in a report to the general assembly by October 1, 2004.

Effective Date: April 26, 2001