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Data Current as of:  8/9/2016

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Lyme Disease Mandated Benefit VII

SECTION 115.   Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4AA the following section:-

Section 4BB. (a) For the purposes of this section, "Long-term antibiotic therapy" and "Lyme disease" shall have the same mean as ascribed to them in section 12DD of chapter 112.

(b) An individual or group health maintenance contract shall provide coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with Lyme disease when determined to be medically necessary and ordered by a licensed physician after making a thorough evaluation of the patient's symptoms, diagnostic test results, or response to treatment. An experimental drug shall be covered as a long-term antibiotic therapy if it is approved for any indication by the United States Food and Drug Administration; provided, however, that a drug, including an experimental drug, shall be covered for an off-label use in the treatment of Lyme disease if the drug has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.