ASSEMBLY, No. 1833

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2018 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblywoman ANGELICA M. JIMENEZ

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblyman JAMEL C. HOLLEY

District 20 (Union)

Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen McKeon, Gusciora, Assemblywoman Mosquera, Assemblymen Conaway and Verrelli

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Requires health benefits coverage for adolescent depression screenings.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.


An Act concerning health benefits coverage for adolescent depression screenings and supplementing various parts of statutory law.

 

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

1. A hospital service corporation contract that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1938, c.366 (C.17:48-1 et seq.), or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract, except that the hospital service corporation shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those hospital service corporation contracts in which the hospital service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

2. A medical service corporation contract that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1940, c.74 (C.17:48A-1 et seq.), or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract, except that the medical service corporation shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those medical service corporation contracts in which the medical service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

3. A health service corporation contract that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1985, c.236 (C.17:48E-1 et seq.), or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract, except that the health service corporation shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those health service corporation contracts in which the health service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

4. An individual health insurance policy that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to chapter 26 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the policy, except that the insurer shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those policies in which the insurer has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

5. A group health insurance policy that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to chapter 27 of Title 17B of the New Jersey Statutes, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the policy, except that the insurer shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those policies in which the insurer has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

6. An individual health benefits plan that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-2 et seq.), on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the health benefits plan, except that the carrier shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those health benefits plans in which the carrier has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

7. A small employer health benefits plan that provides hospital and medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1992, c.162 (C.17B:27A-17 et seq.), on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the health benefits plan, except that the carrier shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those health benefits plans in which the carrier has reserved the right to change the premium.

 

8. A health maintenance organization contract for health care services that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this State pursuant to P.L.1973, c.337 (C.26:2J-1 et seq.), or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, on or after the effective date of this act, shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The health care services shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract, except that the health maintenance organization shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

This section shall apply to those contracts for health care services under which the right to change the schedule of charges for enrollee coverage is reserved.

 

9. The State Health Benefits Commission shall ensure that every contract purchased by the commission, on or after the effective date of this act, that provides hospital or medical expense benefits shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract, except that the contract shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

 

10. The School Employees Health Benefits Commission shall ensure that every contract purchased by the commission, on or after the effective date of this act, that provides hospital or medical expense benefits shall provide coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract, except that the contract shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

 

11. This act shall take effect on the 180th day after enactment and shall apply to policies or contracts issued or renewed on or after the effective date.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

This bill requires insurance coverage for expenses incurred in screening adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 for major depressive disorder, so long as screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents continues to receive a rating of A or B from the United States Preventative Services Task Force. The bill would apply to hospital, medical, and health service corporations; commercial individual, small employer, and larger group insurers; health maintenance organizations; and the State Health Benefits Program and the School Employees Health Benefits Program.

The bill provides that the benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for any other condition under the contract or policy, except that the insurer shall not impose on covered persons receiving these services any form of cost sharing, including, but not limited to, copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance.

Depression is associated with higher levels of stress and anxiety and can affect an adolescents personal, school, work, social, and family life, leading to social isolation and other problems. Early diagnosis is essential to the effective treatment of depression in young people.