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

Minnesota - State Diabetes Insurance Coverage Laws


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Minnesota has mandated coverage for diabetes care.

§62A.45 - 1994 law. Covers supplies, outpatient self-management training and education, including medical nutrition therapy.

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

S.F. No. 495 was introduced February 2007 to amend 62A.45 to include outpatient diabetes eductation and training.

CHAPTER 57-S.F.No. 495 An act relating to insurance; health; requiring coverage for diabetes outpatient self-management training and education; amending Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 62A.45. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 62A.45, is amended to read: 62A.45 [COVERAGE FOR EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR DIABETES.] A health plan, including a plan providing the coverage specified in section 62A.011, subdivision 3, clause (10), must provide coverage for: (1) all physician prescribed medically appropriate and necessary equipment and supplies used in the management and treatment of diabetes; and (2) diabetes outpatient self-management training and education, including medical nutrition therapy, that is provided by a certified, registered, or licensed health care professional working in a program consistent with the national standards of diabetes self-management education as established by the American Diabetes Association. Coverage must include persons with gestational, type I or type II diabetes. Coverage required under this section is subject to the same deductible or coinsurance provisions applicable to the plan's hospital, medical expense, medical equipment, or prescription drug benefits. A health carrier may not reduce or eliminate coverage due to this requirement. Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION.] Section 1 is effective August 1, 1997, and applies to all health plans issued or renewed to provide coverage for Minnesota residents on or after that date.

Enacted:  April 28, 1997

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