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The DC Code: § 31-3103 Drug abuse and alcohol abuse benefits.

Index31 Insurance and Securities. (Refs & Annos)
a
Covered benefits for services set forth in this section shall be limited to coverage of treatment of clinically significant substance use disorders identified in the most recent edition of the International Classification of Diseases or of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
b
(1) The process whereby a person who is intoxicated by or dependent on drugs or alcohol or both is assisted through the period of time necessary to eliminate the intoxicating agent from the body, while keeping the physiological risk to the patient at a minimum, shall be a covered benefit.
2
Treatment under this subsection shall be covered pursuant to § 31-3102 for a minimum of 12 days annually.
c
(1) Additional treatment as a covered benefit under this chapter shall be provided by a hospital, a nonhospital residential facility, an outpatient treatment facility, a physician, a psychologist, an advanced practice registered nurse, or a social worker, and shall include inpatient services, outpatient services, or any combination of these, certified as necessary by a physician, psychologist, advanced practice registered nurse, or social worker.
2
Treatment under this subsection shall be covered pursuant to § 31-3102 for a minimum of 60 days per year for inpatient or residential care in a hospital or nonhospital residential facility and at a minimum rate of 75% for the first 40 outpatient visits per year and at a minimum rate of 60% for any outpatient visits thereafter for that year.
d
Treatment regimens which include psychiatric, psychological, and other prescribed interventions shall be a covered benefit.
e
(1) A group or individual health benefit plan, other than a long- term care policy, disability income policy, or supplemental policy covering a specified disease or other limited benefit unrelated to medical expenses, that is delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in the District of Columbia shall not exclude the payment of benefits as set forth in the certificate of coverage for illnesses, injuries, or conditions sustained by an insured person because the insured was intoxicated or under the influence of any narcotic. This subsection shall not preclude a health insurer from excluding coverage for an insured individual for any illness, injury, or condition that is the direct result of the commission of a felony by the insured person.
2
The Mayor may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 35-2303. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 16-242 rewrote subsec. (c)(2) which had read as follows: "(2) Treatment under this subsection shall be covered pursuant to § 31-3102 for a minimum of 28 days per year for inpatient or residential care in a hospital or nonhospital residential facility, and for a minimum of 30 outpatient visits per year." D.C. Law 16-247 added subsec. (e). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 6-195, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 31-3101. For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-247, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 31-3101. For Law 16-242, see notes following § 31-3101. Law 16-247, the "Alcohol and Narcotics-Related Claims Liability Exclusion Repeal Amendment Act of 2006", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 16-949, which was referred to Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 14, 2006, and December 5, 2006, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 28 2006, it was assigned Act No. 16-603 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 16-247 became effective on March 8, 2007. Miscellaneous Notes Section 4 of D.C. Law 16-247 provided: "This act shall apply to all individual and group health benefit plans delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed on the first day of the month beginning on or after 90 days after the effective date of this act." DC CODE § 31-3103 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Feb. 28, 1987, D.C. Law 6-195, § 4, 34 DCR 491; Mar. 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-247, § 3, 42 DCR 457; Mar. 8, 2007, D.C. Law 16-242, § 2(c), 54 DCR 601; Mar. 8, 2007, D.C. Law 16-247, § 3, 54 DCR 620.)