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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 07-1939


Mandated Benefits

[37 Pa.B. 5694]
[Saturday, October 20, 2007]

   Section 9 of the act of July 17, 2003 (P. L. 31, No. 14) (Act 14) requires that the Health Care Cost Containment Council (Council) review proposed mandated health benefits on request of the executive and legislative branches of government. Senator Donald White, Chairperson of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, has requested that the Council review Senate Bill 146, Printer's Number 191 (Tomlinson). Senate Bill 146 would require health insurance policies to provide coverage for colorectal cancer screening for individuals in accordance with the most recently published American Cancer Society guidelines and approved medical standards and practices.

   Initial notification of request for information and documentation was published in the 37 Pa.B. 4409 (August 4, 2007), with documentation due to the Council by October 4, 2007.

   Following is a list of the documentation received. This information is available for public review and comment at the Council offices during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) until November 19, 2007. Additional comments on this information must be received by this time. Council offices are located at 225 Market Street, Suite 400, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Send comments to Flossie Wolf at previous address.

Submissions for Senate Bill 146

   1.  American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division

   *  Letter in support of Senate Bill 146.

   *  Research studies, government analyses, testimony, treatment guidelines, fact sheets and personal stories about colorectal cancer screening.

   2.  Capital BlueCross

   *  Letter and comments in opposition to Senate Bill 146.

   3.  Highmark

   *  Statement addressing Section 9 requirements.

   *  Research studies, government analyses, fact sheets and news stories about colorectal cancer screening and the cost of mandates.

   4.  The Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania

   *  Letter and comments in opposition to Senate Bill 146.

   *  News articles which address virtual colonoscopies.

   5.  Thomas J. McGarrity, M. D., Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

   *  Letter and comments in support Senate Bill 146.

   6.  Ronald E. Myers, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Oncology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

   *  Letter in support of Senate Bill 146.

   *  July 2007 Legislative Budget and Finance Committee review of colorectal cancer screening.

   7.  Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

   *  Letter and comments in opposition to Senate Bill 146.

   8.  Wolf Block Government Relations

   *  Statement by AFLAC noting the importance of excluding certain policies from those affected by Senate Bill 146.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-1939. Filed for public inspection October 19, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]

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