In-school behavioral health reimbursement clarified

A bill that clarifies coverage of behavioral health services provided in a school setting passed April 11.

Sen. Rick Kolowski
Sen. Rick Kolowski

LB619, introduced by Omaha Sen. Rick Kolowski, prohibits an insurance company from denying coverage or payment for a mental health service solely because the service is delivered in a school.

An insurer is not required to cover services otherwise excluded from a policy or to pay for services provided by an individual employed by or under contract with a school district or an educational service unit in a regular full-time or part-time position.

The bill passed 49-0 and takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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