Islets of Hope state diabetes insurance coverage laws

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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

Diabetes Laws             

Kansas - State Diabetes Insurance Coverage Laws


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Kansas has mandated coverage for diabetes care.

  K.S.A. 40-2,163

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?  Yes

NOTE:  Mandates for Kansas only require coverage of insulin if there is coverage otherwise provided for prescription medications.

40-2,163 - Chapter 40. - Insurance
Article 2. - General Provisions

      40-2,163.   Coverage for certain expenses relating to care and treatment of diabetes; educational expenses; exceptions. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "diabetes coverage act."

      (b)   Any individual or group health insurance policy, medical service plan, contract, hospital service corporation contract, hospital and medical service corporation contract, fraternal benefit society or health maintenance organization which provides coverage for accident and health services and which is delivered, issued for delivery, amended or renewed on or after January 1, 1999, also, shall provide coverage for equipment, and supplies, limited to hypodermic needles and supplies used exclusively with diabetes management and outpatient self-management training and education, including medical nutrition therapy, for the treatment of insulin dependent diabetes, insulin-using diabetes, gestational diabetes and noninsulin using diabetes if prescribed by a health care professional legally authorized to prescribe such services and supplies under the law. Such coverage shall include coverage for insulin only if such coverage also includes coverage of prescription drugs.

      (c)   Diabetes outpatient self-management training and education shall be provided by a certified, registered or licensed health care professional with expertise in diabetes. The coverage for outpatient self-management training and education shall be required pursuant to this section only if ordered by a health care professional legally authorized to prescribe such services and the diabetic (1) is treated at a program approved by the American diabetes association; (2) is treated by a person certified by the national certification board for diabetes educators; or (3) is, as to nutritional education, treated by a licensed dietitian pursuant to a treatment plan authorized by such healthcare professional.

      (d) (1)   The benefits provided in this act shall be subject to the same annual deductible or co-insurance and the same requirement of medical necessity established for all other covered benefits within a given policy. In the case of a policy requiring that services be provided by or upon referral from a primary care physician, the benefits provided by this act shall be subject to such requirement.

      (2)   Private third party payors may not reduce or eliminate coverage due to the requirements of this act.

      (3)   Enforcement of the provisions of this act shall be performed by the commissioner of insurance.

      (e)   The provisions of this act shall not apply to any medicare supplement policy of insurance, as defined by the commissioner of insurance by rule and regulation, any policy of long-term care insurance, as defined by K.S.A. 40-2227, and amendments thereto, any specified disease or specified accident coverage or any accident only coverage as defined by the commissioner of insurance by rule and regulation, whether written on a group, blanket, or individual basis.

History:   L. 1998, ch. 174, § 28; July 1.

 

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