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House Bill 5278 (2003)

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November 6, 2003

Introduced by Reps. Hummel, Rivet, Plakas, O'Neil, Gleason, Richardville, Robertson, Stahl, Bradstreet, Voorhees, Vander Veen, Hoogendyk, Huizenga, Pappageorge, Mortimer, Newell, Ward, Casperson, Brown, Kooiman, Farhat, Koetje, Stakoe, Hune, Moolenaar, Emmons, Drolet, Palmer, Milosch, Paletko, Sheltrown, Spade, Pastor and Acciavatti

As Passed House, April 21, 2004 (As amended April 21, 2004)
SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 5278

A bill to amend 1956 PA 218, entitled "The insurance code of 1956," (MCL 500.100 to 500.8302) by adding section 3406r.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 3406r.

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a health maintenance organization and a health insurer may refuse to offer or provide a health care benefit on ethical, moral, or religious grounds as reflected in its articles of incorporation, bylaws, or an adopted mission statement.

(2) A health maintenance organization and a health insurer shall not refuse to offer or provide a health care benefit under subsection (1) if the benefit is specifically covered under the contract, policy, or certificate.

(3) A health maintenance organization and a health insurer's refusal to offer or provide a health care benefit under subsection (1) shall not be a basis for 1 or more of the following:

(a) Civil, criminal, or administrative liability.

(b) Eligibility discrimination against the health maintenance organization or health insurer in providing a contract, policy, or certificate unless offering or providing the health care benefit is expressly required.

 

 

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