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

Diabetes Laws             

Kentucky - State Diabetes Insurance Coverage Laws

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Kentucky has mandated coverage for diabetes care.

K.R.S. §304.17A-148 -1998 law. Requires coverage for equipment, supplies and necessary training. (link requires Adobe Reader)

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

304.17A-148 Coverage for diabetes.

(1) All health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after July 15, 1998, shall provide coverage for equipment, supplies, outpatient self-management training and education, including medical nutrition therapy, and all medications necessary for the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes, insulin-using diabetes, gestational diabetes, and noninsulin-using diabetes if prescribed by a health care provider legally authorized to prescribe the items.

(2) Diabetes outpatient self-management training and education shall be provided by a certified, registered, or licensed health care professional with expertise in diabetes, as deemed necessary by a health care provider.

(3) (a) The benefits provided in this section shall be subject to the same annual deductibles or coinsurance established for all other covered benefits within a given health benefit plan.

(b) Private third-party payors may not reduce or eliminate coverage due to the requirements of this section.

History: Created 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 476, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1998.


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