Insurance & Managed Care


SB 2(1) (Taylor/Benson): Requires insurers to provide coverage for treatment of mental illness under the same terms and conditions as coverage provided for treatment of physical ailments. Effective 11-1-99

SB 411(4) (Stipe/Frame): This bill was not enacted and is alive for next session. It excludes the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from the definition of an insurer under the Health Insurance High Risk Pool Act. On House calendar.

SB 495(1) (Monson/Mitchell): Creates the Joint Legislative Task Force on Expansion of Health Insurance Coverage. Requires the Task Force to make recommendations for options for providing coverage under Medicaid and operating a private insurance program administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority or private health insurance plans. Effective 9-1-99

SB 685(1) (Cain/Blackburn): Mandates insurance coverage for audiological services and hearing aids for children up to thirteen (13) years of age. Employers with 50 or fewer employees are exempt from the provision. Effective 11-1-99

HB 1400(1) (Kinnamon/Haney): Exempts insurance policies sold to federally recognized Indian tribes from the surplus line tax to the extent that the Insurance Commissioner can identify that coverage is for risks wholly owned by a tribe and located within Indian country. Effective 4-19-99

HB 1502(1) (Fisher/Cox): Creates anti-fraud units in the Insurance Department and the Office of the Attorney General to combat insurance fraud. Insurers are assessed an annual fee to fund these activities and investigative tools such as subpoena power are provided. Effective 7-1-99

HB 1681(1) (Seikel/Monson): Requires a managed care plan to include procedures for referring to a specialist with expertise in treating the patient's condition or disease. Allows a patient who was receiving care from a participating provider who voluntarily discontinues participation in a managed care plan to continue to receive care from the provider during a defined transitional period. Effective 11-1-99

HB1826(1) (Boyd/Fisher): Establishes an external review process for members of health plans who feel they have been wrongly denied a covered service, treatment or reimbursement. Effective 2-1-00

(1) Passed, signed by Governor (2) Passed, pending Governor's approval/disapproval (3) Vetoed by Governor
(4) Pending in Legislature (5) Failed in Legislature (6) Enrolled with the Sec. of State

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