SB 399 – Essential Health Benefits/Association Health Plans

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Sydney Batch (D-Wake); Sen. Sarah Crawford (D-Franklin, Wake); Sen. deViere (D-Cumberland)


This bill requires any group health plan offered by a sponsoring association to provide coverage for the essential health benefits listed in 42 U.S.C. Section § 18022(b) (ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventative and wellness services and chronic disease management, and pediatric services).


Filed – 3/30/2021