The Connecticut Legislature limited how much consumers will have to spend in copayments for diagnostic imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging as well as computer tomography and positron emission tomography. Under the law, which would go into effect Oct. 1, copayments for all MRIs and CT scans are capped at $375 annually and $75 for each one. Copayments for PET scans are limited to no more than $400 for all such scans annually and $100 for each one. The limits do not apply to high-deductible health plans associated with health savings accounts or to consumers covered by employers' self-insured health plans. Keith Stover, a lobbyist for the Connecticut Association of Health Plans, said the legislation was ''problematic'' although the trade group did successfully lobby for provisions that limit the caps only on services obtained from "in-network'' providers and also when the doctor ordering the service is not the same as the physician performing it or a member of the same practice group. "We don't think it was something the Legislature should have weighed in on,'' Stover said. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell is expected to sign it, he said. -- by Cinda Becker
Conn. bill caps co-pays for diagnostic imaging tests
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