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HOUSE BILL NO. 469
INTRODUCED BY L. SHELDON-GALLOWAY
AN ACT REVISING HEALTH INSURANCE LAWS TO EXPAND FREEDOM OF CHOICE TO LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS; AMENDING SECTION 33-22-111, MCA; AND PROVIDING A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 33-22-111, MCA, is amended to read:
"33-22-111. Policies and certificates to provide for freedom of choice of practitioners -- professional practice not enlarged. (1) All policies or certificates of disability insurance, including individual, group, and blanket policies or certificates, must provide that the insured has full freedom of choice in the selection of any licensed physician, physician assistant, dentist, osteopath, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist, psychologist, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, acupuncturist, naturopathic physician, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, licensed addiction counselor, or advanced practice registered nurse as specifically listed in 37-8-202 for treatment of any illness or injury within the scope and limitations of the person's practice. Whenever the policies or certificates insure against the expense of drugs, the insured has full freedom of choice in the selection of any licensed and registered pharmacist.
(2) This section may not be construed as enlarging the scope and limitations of practice of any of the licensed professions enumerated in subsection (1). This section may not be construed as amending, altering, or repealing any statutes relating to the licensing or use of hospitals."
Section 2. Coverage for services provided under freedom of choice for mental health services. A health service corporation shall provide, in group and individual insurance contracts, coverage for health services provided by marriage and family therapists licensed under Title 37, chapter 37, if the health care services that marriage and family therapists are licensed to perform are covered by the contracts.
Section 3. Codification instruction. [Section 2] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 33, chapter 30, part 10, and the provisions of Title 33, chapter 30, part 10, apply to [section 2].
Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective January 1, 2019.
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