North Dakota has not previously introduced for Insurance Fairness for Amputees Legislation, but it is a target for the 2019 Legislative Session. We are actively seeking advocates to support introduction and passage of the legislation.
Insurance Fairness History
The North Dakota State Legislature has previously introduced Insurance Fairness for Amputees. The most recent introduction took place during the 2009 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 2272 was introduced and referred to the Senate Industry, Business and Labor Committee, where it received consideration. It received a favorable recommendation from the committee and passed the Senate chamber unanimously. It was transferred to the House where it received consideration before the House Human Services Committee. The committee voted to not pass the legislation and, upon second reading in the House, the measure failed.
The North Dakota State Legislature works on a two year cycle and in 2019 will be in the first year of their cycle, but the legislature only meets in odd-numbered years. The 2019 Legislative Session convenes January 3rd and will tentatively conclude April 26th. The North Dakota Legislature has set introduction deadlines for the 2019 Legislative Session. The introduction deadline for both chambers is January 14th.
Currently, the Republican Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
In order to move Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation through the legislative process, the Amputee Coalition needs the support of the limb loss community. We are actively seeking advocates and champions for Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation. Connect with the Amputee Coalition or your insurance company through Amplify, your State Representation and the North Dakota Department of Insurance to express your concern and desire for the legislation.