House Bill No. 5120

Public Act No. 00-63

An Act Concerning Insurance Coverage For Care And Treatment Of Patients With An Ostomy.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) Each individual health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 of the general statutes delivered, issued for delivery, renewed or continued in this state on or after October 1, 2000, that provides coverage for ostomy surgery shall include coverage, up to one thousand dollars annually, for medically necessary appliances and supplies relating to an ostomy including, but not limited to, collection devices, irrigation equipment and supplies, skin barriers and skin protectors. As used in this section, "ostomy" includes colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Payments under this section shall not be applied to any policy maximums for durable medical equipment. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to decrease policy benefits in excess of the limits in this section.

Sec. 2. (NEW) Each group health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 of the general statutes delivered, issued for delivery, renewed or continued in this state on or after October 1, 2000, that provides coverage for ostomy surgery shall include coverage, up to one thousand dollars annually, for medically necessary appliances and supplies relating to an ostomy including, but not limited to, collection devices, irrigation equipment and supplies, skin barriers and skin protectors. As used in this section, "ostomy" includes colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Payments under this section shall not be applied to any policy maximums for durable medical equipment. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to decrease policy benefits in excess of the limits in this section.

Approved May 16, 2000