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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 21. Insurance
- Chapter 42. The Insurance Contract
- Section 365. Coverage For Treatment of Alcoholism or Drug Abuse.
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AS 21.42.365. Coverage For Treatment of Alcoholism or Drug Abuse.
- (a) Except for a fraternal benefit society, a health care insurer that offers, issues for delivery, delivers, or renews in
this state a health care insurance plan, except for catastrophic illness insurance, providing coverage for five or more
employees of an employer in the group market shall provide a covered employee or the employee's dependent the following
coverage for treatment of alcoholism or drug abuse:
- (1) benefits of at least $9,600 over two consecutive benefit years; and
- (2) lifetime benefits of at least $19,200.
- (b) The benefits described in (a) of this section shall be adjusted July 1, 2004, by the director and every three years
thereafter to correspond with the change in the medical care component of the consumer price index for all urban
consumers for the Anchorage Metropolitan Area compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of
Labor. The adjusted benefits shall be applicable to coverage issued or renewed on or after January 1 of the calendar
year following the July 1 adjustment by the director.
- (c) A health care insurer that offers a health care insurance plan providing coverage under this section may not
- (1) require that a covered employee or the employee's dependent be responsible for a deductible or copayment that is
different for the determination of benefits relating to treating alcoholism or drug abuse than for the determination of
benefits for treating another covered illness;
- (2) use a different claim payment methodology in determining the benefits relating to treating alcoholism or drug abuse
than that used in determining the benefits for treating another covered illness;
- (3) require prenotification of treatment or a second opinion unless the requirement is applicable to other covered major
- (4) limit coverage by provisions of the insurance contract that are not applicable to other covered major illnesses,
including provisions concerning preexisting illnesses or provisions requiring that the exact date of onset be known;
- (5) limit treatment services under the insurance contract to either an inpatient or outpatient service;
- (6) exclude from coverage the cost of medically necessary treatment, including medical or psychiatric evaluation, activity
or family therapy, counseling, or prescription drugs or supplies received at an approved treatment facility; or
- (7) deny reimbursement for actual services rendered solely because treatment was interrupted or not completed.
- (d) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, if an employer employs fewer than 20 permanent, full-time employees for each
working day during each of at least 20 calendar workweeks in either the current calendar year or the preceding calendar
year, a health care insurer is not required to provide the coverage specified in (a) of this section to the employer
but shall offer that coverage to the employer as optional coverage.
- (e) In this section,
- (1) "alcoholism or drug abuse" means an illness characterized by
- (A) a physiological or psychological dependency, or both, on alcoholic beverages or controlled substances as defined in AS
- (B) habitual lack of self-control in using alcoholic beverages or controlled substances to the extent that the person's
health is substantially impaired or the person's social or economic function is substantially disrupted;
- (2) "approved treatment facility" means treatment in a facility that is either approved under AS 47.37.140
or located and licensed for treatment of alcoholism or drug abuse in another state;
- (3) "catastrophic illness insurance" means a health care insurance plan that provides benefits for hospital and medical
care with a lifetime maximum benefit per insured of at least $250,000 and that has a deductible of at least $5,000;
- (4) "cost" means the least of the following:
- (A) the actual charge for the treatment received for alcoholism or drug abuse;
- (B) the usual, customary, and reasonable charge for the treatment as determined by the contract of coverage; or
- (C) the charge agreed to by contract between the treatment provider and the health care insurer;
- (5) "treatment" means medical care, including detoxification, as an inpatient or outpatient at an approved treatment
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