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NO. 129.  AN ACT RELATING TO ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROVIDERS.

(H.404)

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

Sec. 1.  8 V.S.A. § 4089b(b) is amended to read:

(b)  A health insurance plan shall provide coverage for treatment of a mental health condition and shall:

(1)  not establish any rate, term, or condition that places a greater financial burden on an insured for access to treatment for a mental health condition than for access to treatment for a physical health condition.;

(2)  not exclude from its network or list of authorized providers any licensed mental health or substance abuse provider located within the geographic coverage area of the health benefit plan if the provider is willing to meet the terms and conditions for participation established by the health insurer;

(3)  Any make any deductible or out-of-pocket limits required under a health insurance plan shall be comprehensive for coverage of both mental health and physical health conditions.   

Approved:  May 4, 2006



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us