CT State Updates - 2015 Jan 25 No.01

On Aug. 13, 2015, Insurance Commissioner Wade issued Bulletin HC-104. The bulletin repeals and replaces Bulletin HC-64 (dated Jan. 20, 2006) and clarifies Connecticut’s mandated coverage for infertility treatment under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 38a-509 and § 38a-536 to reflect changes brought about under PPACA.

Specifically, the bulletin removes the age limit for the infertility treatment coverage mandate. This means health insurance plans sold in Connecticut will no longer be allowed to limit coverage of medically necessary infertility treatment to individuals under age 40.

The bulletin also addresses the general use of age-based benefit restrictions and refers to HHS guidance on what is considered a potentially discriminatory benefit design. Based on HHS guidance stating that age limits are discriminatory when applied to services that have been found clinically effective for all ages, Connecticut has determined infertility treatment may be clinically effective for all ages and is therefore requiring carriers to remove age limits on infertility benefits for policies issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2016.

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