3923.82 Coverage for alcohol or drug related losses or expenses.

(A) As used in this section, "health benefit plan" has the same meaning as in section 3924.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) Notwithstanding section 3901.71 of the Revised Code, no health benefit plan or public employee benefit plan shall contain a provision that limits or excludes an insured's coverage under the plan for a loss or expense the insured sustains that is the result of the insured's use of alcohol or other drugs or both and the loss or expense is otherwise covered under the plan.

(C) Nothing in this section shall be construed as doing either of the following:

(1) Requiring coverage for the treatment of alcohol or substance abuse except as otherwise required by law;

(2) Prohibiting the enforcement of an exclusion based on injuries sustained by an insured during the commission of an offense by the insured in which the insured is convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to a felony.

(D) Not later than four years after the effective date of this section, the department of insurance shall conduct an analysis of the impact of the requirements of this section on the cost of and coverage provided by health benefit plans in this state and prepare a written report of its findings from the analysis. The department shall submit the report to the governor and, in accordance with section 101.68 of the Revised Code, to the general assembly.

Effective Date: 2008 HB493 04-07-2009