Oregon Senate OKs ban on health care discrimination

Also to require they cover chemical dependency.

The Oregon Senate has voted to align the state’s health insurance regulations with the federal Affordable Care Act, expanding access to health care and prohibiting discrimination by benefit plans.

Senate Bill 250 – which passed with a 25-4 vote Thursday on the Senate floor – prohibits health benefit plans from discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability, in addition to other expansions of care designed to benefit Oregon’s consumers.

Source: Oregon Senate OKs ban on health care discrimination – KTVZ