CA SB 999

Title: Health coverage: mental health and substance use disorders.
Author: David D. Cortese

SB 999, as amended, Cortese. Health coverage: mental health and substance use disorders. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires a health care service plan or disability insurer, as specified, to base medical necessity determinations and the utilization review criteria the plan or insurer, and any entity acting on the plan’s or insurer’s behalf, applies to determine the medical necessity of health care services and benefits for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, on current generally accepted standards of mental health and substance use disorder care.This bill would require a health care service plan and a disability insurer, and an entity acting on a plan’s or insurer’s behalf, to ensure compliance with specific requirements for utilization review, including maintaining telephone access and other direct communication access during California business hours for a health care provider to request authorization for mental health and substance use disorder care and conducting peer-to-peer discussions regarding specific patient issues related to treatment. Because a willful violation of these provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 14. Noes 1.) (June 11). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Bill Documents
CA SB 999 - 04/08/24 - Amended Senate
04/08/24 - CA SB 999 (04/08/24 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 999 - 03/07/24 - Amended Senate
03/07/24 - CA SB 999 (03/07/24 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 999 - 02/01/24 - Introduced
02/01/24 - CA SB 999 (02/01/24 - Introduced)

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  • Dave Cortese - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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