Health insurance; coverage for mental health and substance abuse disorders. (HB255)

Introduced By

Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Health insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse disorders; applied behavior analysis. Adds applied behavior analysis to the scope of treatments for the mental health services for which treatment is required to be provided under certain health insurance policies and plans. The measure also adds licensed mental health professionals to the list of providers authorized to render treatment under such required coverages. The measure directs that coverage for mental health and substance abuse providers that requires treatment be provided by a licensed mental health professional shall provide that such treatment may be provided by a licensed behavior analyst or licensed assistant behavior analyst acting within their scope of practice. Finally, the measure expands the definition of "mental health professional" to include licensed behavior analysts and licensed assistant behavior analysts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102580D
12/30/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #2
01/26/2016Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/27/2016Impact statement from SCC (HB255)
02/16/2016Left in Commerce and Labor