Behavioral Health Must Have Same Cost-Sharing as Primary Care Office Visits

On Sept. 27, 2017, Gov. Raimondo signed HB 6124 to require cost-sharing for behavioral health counseling visits and medication maintenance visits to be consistent with the cost-sharing applicable to primary care office visits, regardless of providers’ professional licensure, as long as the care provided is consistent with providers’ scope of practice and plans’ credentialing and contracting provisions.

This bill becomes effective for plans issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2019. This bill contains no new employer obligations, but employers with fully insured plans in Rhode Island should review the new laws to better understand the required changes.

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