Core Provisions: This legislation would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code to require group health plans and issuers of health insurance coverage to provide coverage for second medical opinions. Coverage for second opinions would have to be under the same terms as coverage for initial opinions. The bill contains an exception for group health plans maintained pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.
Status: H.R. 2457 was introduced by Rep. Davis (D-CA) on May 18, 2009 and referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor; and Ways and Means.