April 04, 2017
On March 3, 2017, Gov. McAuliffe signed HB 1656 into law. The law prohibits group health insurance policies from imposing a higher standard of clinical evidence for proton radiation therapy for benefit coverage decisions as compared to other types of radiation therapy treatment. The law does not require coverage for proton radiation therapy and only applies to policies that already provide coverage for cancer therapy.
The law is effective for plan years issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2018.