Download this document in MS Word format


AutoFill Template

H.6

Introduced by Representatives Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town and Pugh of South Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Health insurance; clinical trials; cancer

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to remove the sunset on the provision of law requiring health benefit plans to cover the costs of cancer clinical trials.

AN ACT RELATING TO CLINICAL TRIALS FOR CANCER PATIENTS

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

Sec. 1.  8 V.S.A. § 4088b is amended 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)(2)  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)(3)  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.

* * *



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us