Bill Summary & Status for the 106th Congress


Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. (introduced 6/10/1999)
Latest Major Action: 6/10/1999 Referred to Senate committee
Title: A bill to require equitable coverage of prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, and contraceptive services under health plans.
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Read twice and referred to the Committee on HELP.





COSPONSORS(39), ALPHABETICAL:     (Sort: by date)

Sen Akaka, Daniel K. - 6/10/1999 Sen Baucus, Max - 7/28/1999
Sen Bayh, Evan - 6/10/1999 Sen Boxer, Barbara - 6/10/1999
Sen Bryan, Richard H. - 6/10/1999 Sen Chafee, John H. - 6/10/1999
Sen Chafee, Lincoln D. - 1/31/2000 Sen Cleland, Max - 6/10/1999
Sen Daschle, Thomas A. - 6/10/1999 Sen Dodd, Christopher J. - 6/10/1999
Sen Durbin, Richard J. - 6/10/1999 Sen Edwards, John - 7/27/1999
Sen Feinstein, Dianne - 6/10/1999 Sen Harkin, Tom - 6/10/1999
Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey - 11/16/1999 Sen Inouye, Daniel K. - 6/10/1999
Sen Jeffords, James M. - 6/10/1999 Sen Johnson, Tim - 6/10/1999
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. - 6/10/1999 Sen Kerrey, J. Robert - 6/10/1999
Sen Kerry, John F. - 6/14/1999 Sen Landrieu, Mary L. - 9/8/1999
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. - 6/10/1999 Sen Leahy, Patrick J. - 6/10/1999
Sen Levin, Carl - 6/24/1999 Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. - 6/10/1999
Sen Lincoln, Blanche - 6/10/1999 Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. - 6/10/1999
Sen Moynihan, Daniel Patrick - 6/10/1999 Sen Murray, Patty - 6/10/1999
Sen Reid, Harry M. - 6/10/1999 Sen Robb, Charles S. - 6/10/1999
Sen Sarbanes, Paul S. - 6/14/1999 Sen Schumer, Charles E. - 6/10/1999
Sen Smith, Gordon - 6/10/1999 Sen Specter, Arlen - 6/10/1999
Sen Torricelli, Robert G. - 6/10/1999 Sen Warner, John W. - 6/10/1999
Sen Wellstone, Paul D. - 6/10/1999


Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act of 1999 - Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Public Health Service Act to prohibit a group health plan, and a health insurance issuer providing group coverage, from: (1) excluding or restricting benefits for prescription contraceptive drugs, devices, and outpatient services if the plan provides benefits for other outpatient prescription drugs, devices, or outpatient services; (2) denying eligibility based on use or potential use of such items or services; (3) providing monetary payments or rebates to a covered individual to encourage acceptance of less than the minimum protections available; (4) penalizing, reducing, or limiting a professional's reimbursement because the professional prescribed such drugs or devices or provided such services; or (5) providing incentives to a professional to induce the professional to withhold drugs, devices, or services. Amends the Public Health Service Act to apply those prohibitions to coverage offered in the individual market.