Coverage for Initial Depression Screenings

On March 6, 2020, the Department of Insurance published Bulletin No. 114. The bulletin reminds carriers that initial depression screenings are considered a preventive service under the ACA, and therefore an enrollee should not be charged any cost sharing (deductible, copayment or coinsurance) for those screenings. The bulletin points to the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of “depression,” which is a common and serious illness that negatively affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. The bulletin reminds carriers that all people, starting at age 12, should be screened for depression (according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force).

The bulletin applies to carriers, but is helpful information for employers with regard to their fully insured plans and with regard to employees who may ask questions on coverage of initial depression screenings.

Bulletin No. 114 »