(a) On or after January 1, 1993, every insurer issuing group disability insurance
that covers hospital, medical, or surgical expenses shall provide benefits for the comprehensive
preventive care of children 16 years of age or younger under those terms and conditions as may be agreed upon between the group policyholder and the
insurer. Every insurer shall communicate the availability of these benefits to all group policyholders and to all prospective group policyholders with
whom they are negotiating.
(b) For purposes of this section, benefits for the comprehensive preventive care of
children shall comply with both of the following:
(1) Be consistent with both of the following:
(A) The most recent Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, as adopted by the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
(B) The most current version of the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule/United
States, jointly adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, unless the
State Department of Public Health determines, within 45 days of the published date of the schedule, that the schedule
is not consistent with the purposes of this section.
(2) Provide for the following:
(A) Periodic health evaluations.
(C) Laboratory services in connection with periodic health evaluations.
(D) Screening for blood lead levels in children who are at risk for lead poisoning,
as determined by a health care provider in accordance with the applicable California
(c) For purposes of this section, a health care provider is any of the following:
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