HB 128 -- OFFER OF INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR DIABETES
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Critical
Issues by a vote of 17 to 4.
The bill requires insurers and similar entities (insurers) to
offer coverage for physician prescribed equipment, supplies, and
self-management training used in the treatment of diabetes.
The bill applies to policies issued or delivered by insurers
after January 1, 1998.
FISCAL NOTE: Estimated Net Cost to General Revenue Fund of
$9,800,096 in FY 1998, $22,404,888 in FY 1999, & $23,945,499 in
FY 2000. Estimated Net Income to Insurance Dedicated Fund of
$14,250 to $28,500 in FY 1998, $0 in FY 1999, & $0 in FY 2000.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that if insurers cover the tools
that diabetics need to control diabetes at its early stages,
money would be saved by preventing the complications that are
more expensive to treat. The coverage would reduce the costs of
lost productivity when diabetics have complications. Because
many employers buy different health benefit plans on an annual
basis, this bill is necessary to assure diabetics that they will
be offered coverage for equipment, supplies, and training.
Testifying for the bill were Representatives Shear and Hagan--
Harrell; Gary Hemphill; American Diabetes Association; American
Association of Retired Persons; and the Missouri Pharmacy
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Katharine Hickel, Research Analyst