|TO:||Commercial Health Insurers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)|
|FROM:||Linda Ruthardt, Commissioner of Insurance|
|DATE:||August 16, 1995|
|RE:||Continuation of Coverage for Inherited Diseases of Amino Acids and Organic Acids|
This is a reminder that the enactment of two laws in 1994 has caused the mandated benefits coverage for inherited diseases of amino acids and organic acids to remain in effect beyond December 31, 1994: (1) St. 1994, c. 60, § 199 which repealed St. 1993, c. 384, §§ 3, 5, 7, 9 and(2) St. 1994, c. 60, § 199A, which amended St. 1993, c. 384, § 11. The enactment of these two laws results in the continuation of mandated coverage for inherited diseases of amino acids and organic acids as set forth in St. 1993, c. 384, §§ 2, 4, 6, 8 which is codified at G.L. c. 175, § 47I, G.L. c. 176A, § 8L; G.L. c. 176B, § 4D and; G.L. c. 176G, § 4D.
The Division continues to require that coverage of these benefits be provided at either the same level or at a greater level as for any other service. All affected policies, certificates, evidences of coverage and contracts must be amended according to the above noted laws. Also, policyholders, subscribers and members must be notified of the new benefits and their effective dates.