UPDATE MARCH 23: MN Fair Care has introduced its bill, “Patient Rights and Provider Non-Discrimination.”
In early February the state Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) announced the creation of a Network Adequacy Working Group for the purpose of “…revising the department’s policy and regulations on health insurance provider network adequacy.”
In a move that surprised and disconcerted Section 2706 advocates, Assembyman Ed Chau, the main sponsor of California bill AB 41 has withdrawn the bill apparently due to sustained objections from the state’s Dept. of Managed Health Care.
In case your regular physician or anyone else (your insurance company) scoffs at the idea of using holistic / integrative therapies “because there’s no proof,” print out this handy sheet and hand it out.
In May Oregon became the first state to pass legislation that replicates the provisions of Section 2706. In July its association of Naturopathic Physicians filed a class action suit on behalf of patients whose ND services were not covered.