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Legislation sponsored by Assembly members
"Sickle cell affects thousands of people in this country, most of whom are African-American and Latino-American of
"Patients with sickle cell anemia have painful episodes, which can last from hours to days. These episodes, called crises, can be severe enough to require a hospital stay," said Jasey (D-
"About two million Americans -- one in 12 African-Americans -- carry the sickle cell trait, which means that while they don't have the disease, they carry a single gene for the disease and can pass this gene along to their children," said Tucker (D-
The law (A-1120) requires hospital, medical and health service corporations, commercial individual, small employer and group health insurers, and health maintenance organizations to cover the cost of treatment for sickle cell anemia, when prescribed as medically necessary by the covered person's physician.
The costs include but are not limited to those incurred for prescription drugs provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and the following treatments:
* dose-intensive chemotherapy/bone marrow transplants and; * umbilical cord blood transplants when performed by institutions approved by the National Heart,
The law requires the
DHSS will have to make the booklets available to all licensed health care facilities engaged in the diagnosis or treatment of sickle cell anemia, health care professionals, community health centers, members of the public and social services agencies, upon their request; and post the information contained in the booklet on their website in English and Spanish.
The insurance coverage provisions of the law will take effect on the 90th day after enactment and apply to policies and contracts issued or renewed on, or after its effective day. The remaining provisions will take effect immediately.
TNS MJ88-120119-3745656 StaffFurigay
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