Maryland – New State Health Insurance Laws Taking Effect

January 2019 ~

Maryland has made several amendments to health insurance laws regarding the types of coverage that insurers must provide within the state.

Effective January 1, health insurers providing coverage in in the state of Maryland are required to:

Provide coverage for treatment of a chronic swelling, often in an arm or leg, known as lymphedema.

Expand coverage for equipment, supplies and self-management training to apply to elevated or impaired glucose levels caused by prediabetes, as well as cover treatment for impaired blood glucose levels caused by pregnancy.

Reimburse for services from a licensed dietitian or nutritionist for the treatment of prediabetes and obesity.

Provide coverage for Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility for standard fertility preservation procedures, including freezing of sperm and eggs that are medically necessary to preserve fertility.

Require coverage for instruction by a licensed health care provider on “fertility awareness-based methods.”

Provide coverage to ensure enrollees have access to behavioral health care services provide by local health departments who enroll on health carriers panels of treatment providers.

For more information on the new laws and requirements for health insurers in Maryland, refer to the state’s Insurance Administration page.

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