376.1200. 1. Each entity offering individual and group health insurance policies providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, individual and group service or indemnity type contracts issued by a health services corporation, individual and group service contracts issued by a health maintenance organization, all self-insured group arrangements to the extent not preempted by federal law and all managed health care delivery entities of any type or description, that are delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this state on or after January 1, 1996, shall offer coverage for the treatment of breast cancer by dose-intensive chemotherapy/autologous bone marrow transplants or stem cell transplants when performed pursuant to nationally accepted peer review protocols utilized by breast cancer treatment centers experienced in dose-intensive chemotherapy/autologous bone marrow transplants or stem cell transplants. The offer of benefits under this section shall be in writing and must be accepted in writing by the individual or group policyholder or contract holder.
2. Such health care service shall not be subject to any greater deductible or co-payment than any other health care service provided by the policy, contract or plan, except that the policy, contract or plan may contain a provision imposing a lifetime benefit maximum of not less than one hundred thousand dollars, for dose-intensive chemotherapy/autologous bone marrow transplants or stem cell transplants for breast cancer treatment.
3. Benefits may be administered for such health care service through a managed care program of exclusive and/or preferred contractual arrangements with one or more providers rendering such health care service. These contractual arrangements may provide that the provider shall hold the patient harmless for the cost of rendering such health care service if it is subsequently found by the entity authorized to resolve disputes that:
(1) Such care did not qualify under the protocols established for the providing of care for such health care service;
(2) Such care was not medically appropriate; or
(3) The provider otherwise failed to comply with the utilization management or other managed care provision agreed to in any contract between the entity and the provider.
4. The provisions of this section shall not apply to short-term travel, accident-only, limited or specified disease policies, or to short-term nonrenewable policies of not more than seven months duration.
5. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an entity from including all or part of such health care services as standard coverage in its policies, contracts or plans.
(L. 1995 S.B. 27)
Missouri General Assembly