2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 22:215.11 — Early screening and detection requirements; examination; coverage
§215.11. Early screening and detection requirements; examination; coverage
A.(1) Any health coverage plan which is delivered or issued for delivery in this state shall include benefits payable for an annual Pap test and minimum mammography examination as provided in this Subsection.
(2) In this Subsection, "minimum mammography examination" means mammographic examinations performed no less frequently than the following schedule provides:
(a) One baseline mammogram for any woman who is thirty-five through thirty-nine years of age.
(b) One mammogram every twenty-four months for any woman who is forty through forty-nine years of age, or more frequently if recommended by her physician.
(c) One mammogram every twelve months for any woman who is fifty years of age or older.
(3) The annual Pap test for cervical cancer and the minimum mammography examination shall be covered when rendered or prescribed by a physician or other appropriate health care provider licensed in this state and received in any licensed hospital or in any other licensed public or private facility, or portion thereof, including but not limited to clinics and mobile screening units.
(4) This Subsection shall apply to any new policy, contract, program, or health coverage plan issued on or after January l, 1992. Any policy, contract, or health coverage plan in effect prior to January l, 1992, shall convert to conform to the provisions of this Subsection on or before the renewal date thereof but in no event later than January 1, 1993.
(5) No health coverage plan which is delivered or issued for delivery in this state shall prevent any insured, beneficiary, enrollee, or subscriber from having direct access, without any requirement for specialty referral, to the minimum mammography examination required to be covered by this Subsection.
B.(1) Any health coverage plan which is delivered or issued for delivery in the state shall provide coverage for detection of prostate cancer, including digital rectal examination and prostate-specific antigen testing for men over the age of fifty years and as medically necessary and appropriate for men over the age of forty years.
(2) "Routine prostate preventative care" as used in this Subsection, shall mean a minimum of one routine annual visit, provided that a second visit shall be permitted based upon medical need and follow-up treatment within sixty days after either visit if related to a condition diagnosed or treated during the visits.
(3) This Subsection shall apply to any new policy, contract, program, or health coverage plan issued on and after January 1, 1998. Any policy, contract, or health coverage plan in effect prior to January 1, 1998, shall convert to conform to the provisions of this Subsection on or before the renewal date, but no later than January 1, 1998.
C. As used in this Section, "health coverage plan" shall mean any hospital, health, or medical expense insurance policy, hospital or medical service contract, health and accident insurance policy, or any other contract of this type, including a group insurance plan, or any policy of family group, blanket, or association health and accident insurance, a self-insurance plan, an employee welfare benefit plan, and a health maintenance organization subscriber agreement. Unless otherwise specifically provided in the policy of insurance, nothing in this Section shall apply to high deductible coverage as defined under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or similar coverage with a greater deductible amount, limited benefit and supplemental health insurance policies including individually underwritten high deductible coverage as defined under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or similar coverage with a greater deductible amount limited benefit and supplemental health insurance policies.
D. For the purposes of this Section, effective July 1, 1998, a health coverage plan shall include the Office of Group Benefits programs.
E. Any coverage required under the provisions of this Section shall not be subject to any policy or health coverage plan deductible amount.
F. Any provision in a health insurance policy, benefit program, or health coverage plan under this Section which is delivered, renewed, issued for delivery, or otherwise contracted for in the state which is contrary to this Section shall, to the extent of the conflict, be void.
G. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to individually underwritten, guaranteed renewable, or renewable limited benefit supplemental health insurance policies authorized to be issued in this state.
Acts 1991, No. 387, §1; Acts 1991, No. 994, §1; Acts 1992, No. 462, §1; Acts 1995, No. 593, §1; Acts 1997, No. 1439, §1, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 2001, No. 1116, §1; Acts 2001, No. 1178, §2, eff. June 29, 2001; Acts 2003, No. 129, §1, eff. May 28, 2003.
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