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Missouri House Direct Access Bill
Second regular session HOUSE BILL NO. 1472 88TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY Introduced by Representative Shear. Read 1st time February 7, 1996 and 1000 copies ordered printed. Douglas W.Burnett, Chief Clerk L3367.01I AN ACT Relating to certain health care benefits. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows: Section 1.1. As used in this section, the following terms mean: 2 (1) "Dermatological services," services ordinarily and customarily rendered by a physician 3 specializing in the practive of dermatology; 4 (2) "Health benefit policy," any individual or group plan, policy, or contract for 5 health care services issued, delvered, issued, delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed 6 in this state by a health care corportation, health maintence organization, accident and 7 sickness insurer, fraternal benefit society, nonprofit hospital service corporation, nonprofit 8 medical service corporation, or similar entity regulated by the department of insurance; 9 (3) "Primary care physician," a physician who is board certified or board eligible and 10 practices in general internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, or family 11 practice. 12 2. No health benefit policy which is issued, delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this 13 state on or after August 28, 1996, shall require as a condition to the coverage of 14 dermatological services that an enrollee, subscriber, or insured first obtain a referral 15 from a primary care physician and no such health benefit policy shall discriminate against 16 or impose any extraordinary copayments, deductibles, or other financial penalties upon an 17 enrollee for seeking dermatological services without first obtaining a referral from a primary 18 care physician.