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.

Pennsylvania Laws Affecting Diabetes Care in Schools

Federal Laws Pertaining to Persons with Diabetes

Diabetes Assistance Programs

Diabetes Laws

Pennsylvania - State Diabetes Insurance Coverage Laws

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Pennsylvania has mandated coverage for diabetes care.

HB 656 - 1998 law. (Pa. Laws, Act 98)

Effective February 13, 1999, Act 98 of 1998 required all private and group health insurance plans in Pennsylvania to provide coverage for diabetic supplies like blood glucose monitors, test strips, syringes, insulin, etc., and to provide education to help diabetics manage their disease.

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

Parents May be Required by Law to Provide Health Insurance Coverage for Children in PA

Pennsylvania law gives the courts the authority to order parents to provide health care coverage for their children if it is available at no cost or at a reasonable cost.   Health care coverage includes medical, surgical, dental, orthodontic and optical services. Other services that may be included by court order are psychological, psychiatric or other health care services for a child.  When an employed parent is ordered to provide health care coverage, the employer and the health care plan administrator must comply with federal and state laws.

Child Support Helpline - Phone:  1-800-932-0211

To learn about the health care coverage programs available in Pennsylvania, which includes Medicaid and CHIP, visit the Web site or contact:  Medicaid Information Helpline at 1-800-842-2020

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - Phone:  1-800-986-KIDS (5437).  Click CHIP for general information about the program.

You can also visit Islet's of Hope's Pennsylvania - State Insurance and Assistance Programs for Persons with Diabetes page.

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