Islets of Hope state diabetes insurance coverage laws

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Information for this article was compiled and edited by Lahle A. Wolfe, Islets of Hope.

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Article Sources

National Conference of State Legislatures

Government Accountability Office (GAO) report number GAO-05-210 entitled "Managing Diabetes: Health Plan Coverage of Services and Supplies;" released on March 28, 2005.


Federal Laws Pertaining to Persons with Diabetes

Diabetes Assistance Programs

Alaska - Emergency and Assistance Resources and Programs for Persons with Diabetes

Alaska - State Insurance and Prescription Programs for Persons with Diabetes

Diabetes Laws

Alaska - State Diabetes Insurance Coverage Laws


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Alaska has state-mandated laws that require insurance carriers to cover diabetes care and education services.

Sec. 21.42.390. Coverage for treatment of diabetes.  H.298 - signed and effective April 29, 2000

Summary of Provisions

  • Requirement related to diabetes? Yes
  • Diabetes Education services covered?  Yes
  • Medical nutritional therapy covered?  Yes
  • Diabetes supplies covered?  Yes
  • Specified supplies covered?  No

Note:  Alaska mandates require coverage for medical nutrional therapy, equipment and supplies only when the contract or insurance policy has prescription drug coverage.

Division of Insurance - State of Alaska

Insurance Coverage Laws

HB 298 – Required Health Insurance Coverage for Diabetes:  Effective July 27, 2000

    ..."HB 298 amends AS 21.42 to require health care insurers that offer health care insurance plans in the state to provide coverage for outpatient medical nutrition therapy and self-management training or education for diabetes, if prescribed by a health care provider. The bill also requires that health care insurers provide coverage for the cost of treating diabetes, including medication, equipment, and supplies, if the health care insurance plan includes coverage for pharmacy services. Definitions, restrictions, limitations, and modifications pertaining to coverage of diabetes are also included."


Bulletin B 04-20 Dated January 26, 2004 Clarifying Insurance Coverage

    ..."Effective July 27, 2000, AS 21.42.390(b) required all health care insurance plans to provide coverage for diabetes outpatient self-management training and education that is provided by a health care provider with training in the treatment of diabetes. ....

    .... "A health care provider that has limited benefits for diabetes outpatient self-management training or education on or after January 1, 2003 (a previous law limiting services was repealed) must reimburse each individual for whom those benefits were limited fro any additional amount that would have been payable in the absence of the limitation."  

 

Alaskan HIPPA Compliance Information - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, more commonly referred to simply as "HIPAA" offers some protection for individuals who lose group health insurance coverage.  This most often happens when a person leaves a job or looses employment where they had been able to get a group health insurance policy.  These people may be “federally eligible individuals” or “HIPAA eligible individuals.” -- when they lose group health coverage.  Learn more about HIPPA.

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