Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
February 4, 1998
Will Meyer (866-4976)
TITLE: CONCERNING THE REQUIREMENT OF HEALTH INSURERS TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES.
Summary of Assessment
The provisions of this bill would require health benefit plans to provide coverage for equipment, supplies, and outpatient self-management training and educational services, including medical nutrition therapy, for the treatment of diabetes. It would require such services be prescribed by a health care professional licensed to prescribe such items. The bill would become effective July 1, 1998, and would apply to all policies, programs, or contracts issued or renewed on or after that date.
The bill would require the Division of Insurance, Department of Regulatory Agencies, to process supplemental forms filed by carriers not currently providing this benefit. Given the effective date, the bill would have a minimal impact on the workload of the division. This increase in workload could be absorbed by current staff, but may require re-prioritizing existing workload. The division indicates that by changing the effective date to January 1, 1999, insurers could make the necessary changes in the normal course of their filings and have no impact on the division or the insurers themselves. This bill would not impact any other agency of the state, or unit of local government. Therefore, this bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.
Regulatory Agencies Health Care Policy and Financing Personnel