Text: H.R.2124 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 2124 IH
101st CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2124
To establish minimum standards for health insurance coverage of drug and
alcohol abuse treatment.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 1989
Mr. FLORIO (for himself, Mr. STARK, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. STUDDS,
Mr. OWENS of New York, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. DYMALLY, Mr. FRANK, Mr. WEISS,
Mr. CONYERS, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. FOGLIETTA, Mr. DE LUGO,
Mr. ANDERSON, Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey, Mr. SCHEUER, and Mr. TOWNS) introduced
the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
A BILL
To establish minimum standards for health insurance coverage of drug and
alcohol abuse treatment.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF FEDERAL STANDARDS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE TREATMENT.
  (a) STATE STANDARDS- Not later than December 31, 1990, each State shall
  have in effect laws and regulations which require that any health insurance
  policy issued within the State shall provide certain minimum coverage
  for drug and alcohol abuse treatment for individuals covered under the
  policy. Such rules and regulations, in order to be effective on or after
  such date, must meet minimum Federal standards promulgated by the Secretary
  of Health and Human Services (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the
  Secretary) under subsection (b).
  (b) FEDERAL STANDARDS- The Secretary, in consultation with the National
  Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol
  Abuse, shall, within 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act,
  establish Federal minimum standards for health insurance coverage of
  drug and alcohol abuse treatment. The Secretary shall base such standards
  on the most recent medical and insurance data concerning such coverage,
  including types of coverage, premiums, and amounts of payments.
  (c) REVIEW OF STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS- Within 90 days after the
  establishment of Federal standards under subsection (b), the Secretary
  shall review the laws and regulations of each State concerning such
  insurance coverage to determine if such laws and regulations meet such
  Federal standards. In the case of any State which as of December 31, 1990,
  does not have in effect such laws and regulations, the Federal standards
  shall become effective in such State.