AACU News & Notes
Minnesota Legislature Considering Bills With Direct Impact on the Practice of Urology
posted: March 11, 2020
The AACU State Advocacy Network would like to direct attention to a new proposal introduced in the Minnesota Legislature concerning health insurance coverage for intermittent urinary catheters.
On March 9, Rep. Cantrell and Sens. Hoffman, Bigham, and Abeler introduced HF 4280 and SF 4213, respectively. The legislation states that every health plan must provide coverage for intermittent urinary catheters if recommended by the enrollee's health care provider. It goes on to prohibit any cost-sharing requirement that doesn't also apply to DME in general.
The AACU will continue to actively monitor this proposal, along with two others summarized below. If/When engagement by urologists will make a difference; I hope you will make your voice heard.
AACU State Affairs Manager, Policy and Engagement
MN HF 4217 Repeal the state’s provider tax, surgical center tax, hospital tax, wholesale drug distributor tax and the use tax on legend drugs.
HF 2150 / SF 2184 Allow telemedicine evaluations to be used for erectile dysfunction medication prescribing.
Full Text: HF 4280 and SF 4213
Section 1. [62Q.665] INTERMITTENT CATHETERS.
Subdivision 1. Required coverage. Every health plan must provide coverage for intermittent urinary catheters if intermittent catheterization is recommended by the enrollee's health care provider. Up to 120 intermittent catheters per month must be covered unless a lesser amount is prescribed by the enrollee's health care provider.
Subd. 2. Cost-sharing requirements. No health plan may impose a deductible, co-payment, coinsurance, or other restriction on intermittent catheters that the health plan does not apply to durable medical equipment in general.