Senate File 2145 - Reprinted SENATE FILE 2145 BY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES (SUCCESSOR TO SF 2049) (As Amended and Passed by the Senate February 23, 2016 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to speech therapy and other benefits for 1 children under the hawk-i program and including effective 2 date and retroactive applicability provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 SF 2145 (3) 86 pf/nh/jh
S.F. 2145 Section 1. HAWK-I COVERED SPEECH THERAPY BENEFIT. The 1 hawk-i covered speech therapy benefit shall provide for 2 coverage of both habilitative and rehabilitative services 3 for children with speech, language, and hearing disorders as 4 medically necessary. The determination that a service is 5 medically necessary shall not be interpreted to require loss 6 or impairment as the result of a stroke, accidental injury, or 7 surgery to the head or neck as a prerequisite to coverage of 8 services. 9 Sec. 2. HAWK-I BOARD DUTIES —— BENEFIT PACKAGE. The 10 hawk-i board shall review the benefit package design of, the 11 noninclusive list of benefits for, and the definition of 12 medically necessary utilized under the hawk-i program, and 13 shall approve a benefit package and adopt rules, pursuant to 14 the duties specified in section 514I.5, to provide benefits 15 uniformly and consistently across all participating insurers, 16 in the type and manner that reflects and meets the needs of the 17 child population, including children with special health care 18 needs, under the hawk-i program. 19 Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT. This Act, being deemed of 20 immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment. 21 Sec. 4. RETROACTIVE APPLICABILITY. This Act applies 22 retroactively to March 1, 2016. 23 -1- SF 2145 (3) 86 pf/nh/jh 1/ 1