District of Columbia Code Division V. Local Business Affairs § 31-3103. Drug abuse and alcohol abuse benefits.

(a) Covered benefits for services set forth in this section shall be limited to coverage of treatment of clinically significant substance use disorders identified in the most recent edition of the International Classification of Diseases or of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.

(b)(1) The process whereby a person who is intoxicated by or dependent on drugs or alcohol or both is assisted through the period of time necessary to eliminate the intoxicating agent from the body, while keeping the physiological risk to the patient at a minimum, shall be a covered benefit.

(2) Treatment under this subsection shall be covered pursuant to § 31-3102 for a minimum of 12 days annually.

(c)(1) Additional treatment as a covered benefit under this chapter shall be provided by a hospital, a nonhospital residential facility, an outpatient treatment facility, a physician, a psychologist, an advanced practice registered nurse, or a social worker, and shall include inpatient services, outpatient services, or any combination of these, certified as necessary by a physician, psychologist, advanced practice registered nurse, or social worker.

(2) Treatment under this subsection shall be covered pursuant to § 31-3102 for a minimum of 60 days per year for inpatient or residential care in a hospital or nonhospital residential facility and at a minimum rate of 75% for the first 40 outpatient visits per year and at a minimum rate of 60% for any outpatient visits thereafter for that year.

(d) Treatment regimens which include psychiatric, psychological, and other prescribed interventions shall be a covered benefit.

(e)(1) A group or individual health benefit plan, other than a long- term care policy, disability income policy, or supplemental policy covering a specified disease or other limited benefit unrelated to medical expenses, that is delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in the District of Columbia shall not exclude the payment of benefits as set forth in the certificate of coverage for illnesses, injuries, or conditions sustained by an insured person because the insured was intoxicated or under the influence of any narcotic.  This subsection shall not preclude a health insurer from excluding coverage for an insured individual for any illness, injury, or condition that is the direct result of the commission of a felony by the insured person.

(2) The Mayor may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this subsection.


FindLaw Codes are provided courtesy of Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the industry-leading online legal research system. For more detailed codes research information, including annotations and citations, please visit Westlaw.

FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.