CHAPTER 281

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 522

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 35, TITLE 18, DELAWARE CODE, TO MANDATE THAT HEALTH INSURERS PROVIDE PAP SMEAR AS PART OF PROVIDED COVERAGE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Title 18, Chapter 35 of the Delaware Code by adding a new section as follows:

"Section 3552. Cancer Screening_ Tests

All group and blanket health Insurance policies, which are delivered or issued for delivery In this state by any health insurer or health service corporation, and which provide benefits for outpatient services, shall provide to covered persons residing or having their principal place of employment In this state a benefit for cervical and endometrial cancer screening, commonly known as a 'PAP smear'. Such screening shall be deemed a covered service, notwithstanding policy exclusions for services which are part of or related to annual or routine examinations. Nothing In this section shall prevent the operation of such policy provisions as deductibles, coinsurance, allowable charge limitations, coordination of benefits, or provisions restricting coverage to services rendered by licensed, certified or carrier-approved providers- or facilities."

Section 2. This section shall apply to group and blanket health insurance policies Issued or renewed one hundred twenty (120) days after the effective date of this section.

Approved June 27, 1988.