Islets of Hope state diabetes insurance coverage laws
Information for this article was compiled and edited by Lahle A. Wolfe, Islets of Hope.
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Government Accountability Office (GAO) report number GAO-05-210 entitled "Managing Diabetes: Health Plan Coverage of Services and Supplies;" released on March 28, 2005.
State Prescription Laws for Purchase of Insulin (Children with Diabetes Link)
As of January 2007, 46 states have some type of laws requiring health insurance coverage to include treatment for diabetes. Most states require coverage of both direct treatment and the costs of diabetes treatment equipment and supplies often used by the patient at home when prescribed by a doctor for diabetes treatment.
The states that do not have diabetes coverage laws are Alabama, Idaho, North Dakota and Ohio.
The laws in Mississippi, Missouri, and Washington State only require that insurers offer coverage, but not necessarily include the coverage in all active policies- Mississippi, Missouri and Washington.
The first state to include mandates for diabetes coverage was California (1981).
Summary of State Diabetes Insurance Coverage Laws
The following chart summaries, by state, what provisions for diabetes care and coverage are mandated by law in each state.
Chart by Lahle Wolfe, Islets of Hope. For permission to use, please contact us.
Page Updated 03/11/2007