On April 14, 2015, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) signed SB 241 into law which mandates that health insurers must provide coverage for ostomy supplies. Specifically, the bill requires an insurer, nonprofit health service plan, or health maintenance organization (collectively known as carriers) that provides hospital, medical, or surgical benefits to provide coverage for all medically appropriate and necessary equipment and supplies for the treatment of ostomies. The bill excludes those plans that offered through the state exchange. Maryland is the latest state to pass legislation mandating coverage of ostomy supplies joining Connecticut and New York.
In March 2014 WOCN Past President, Jan Colwell, testified before the Maryland State Legislature in support of this legislation and WOCN members have been active in helping to push for its passage.
A copy of the legislation and the WOCN Society's testimony can be found here:
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