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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 15, 2016 11:35 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Acquired Brain Injury Disclosure (Prior HB 976)
 
In recent years, brain injuries have received a lot of attention due to a greater awareness and concern about the effects they have on an individual. These injuries can be very devastating physically, emotionally and financially to patients and their families as they search for resources and support for treatment and rehabilitation.

For this reason, I plan to reintroduce HB 976 of 2015, which would require insurance companies to disclose upon written request from an enrollee or potential enrollee whether or not certain health care services, which are specifically listed in the legislation, relating to an acquired brain injury are covered under their health insurance policies. An acquired brain injury is defined as a traumatic or non-traumatic injury to the brain, but does not include brain injuries which are inherited, congenital, or degenerative in nature.

Before one purchases health insurance and even after that purchase has been made, this disclosure will assist individuals, families, and employers in making informed decisions about their insurance coverage.

Previous Cosponsors: MURT, D. COSTA, BARRAR, BISHOP, BOBACK, BRADFORD, V. BROWN, CALTAGIRONE, COHEN, CUTLER, DONATUCCI, DRISCOLL, HENNESSEY, JOZWIAK, KIRKLAND, KOTIK, McNEILL, MILLARD, NEILSON, READSHAW, REGAN, ROZZI, SCHWEYER, VEREB, WATSON, YOUNGBLOOD and BULLOCK



Introduced as HB714