Bolsonaro signs law forcing health plans to cover more treatments

President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) sanctioned this Wednesday (21) the invoice that obliges health plans to pay for treatments that aren’t on the primary reference listing of the National Supplementary Health Agency (ANS).

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The proposal ends the so-called tax position of the ANO. In doing so, it reinstates the pattern listing and specifies that the company’s listing of procedures serves solely as a reference for health plans — and doesn’t imply that the objects contained within the doc are the one ones to be lined.

Therefore, beneficiaries of the plans can request protection of treatments that aren’t listed. It is just needed that there be scientific proof or that the therapy is acknowledged by a international company.

In late August, the National Congress completed processing the invoice ending the tax position of the ANS. The legislative initiative got here in response to a Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) ruling that decided that health plans wouldn’t be required to cover treatments outdoors the company’s listing.

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The complementary health sector was already ready for the president’s sanction, because it was believed to be a political resolution and any veto would trigger a variety of publicity two weeks earlier than the election. In latest weeks, Minister Marcelo Queiroga (Health) has already advised his interlocutors that he is not going to advocate the CEO’s veto.

Position represents a change within the posture of the folder’s proprietor. In a Senate debate session forward of the vote, Queiroga criticized the invoice, saying approval would have a serious impression on the sector.

— In observe, particular person plans, collective plans, membership plans are now not provided. So when selecting to have more procedures, more medication on the listing, there are actually prices that shall be handed on to the beneficiaries. And a few of them will be unable to afford these prices. This is the fact,” mentioned the minister.

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— It was a lot simpler for me to come right here and defend an exemplary and broad listing, however it’s up to the Minister of Health to warn the senators who will analyze this proposal, what are probably the most acceptable methods to guarantee health not solely by proper of all and obligation of the state, but in addition throughout the scope of personal health plans,” he added.

Queiroga additionally questioned the truth that many medication thought of novelties “do not even serve to throw within the trash.”

The rapporteur of the proposal within the Senate, Romário (PL-RJ), celebrated on his social networks the approval of the invoice.

“This means hundreds of thousands of individuals’s treatments, therapies and medicines will as soon as once more be paid for by their health plans.” This is a victory for LIFE!” the parliamentarian wrote.

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“We had been blackmailed and threatened, however life is a non-negotiable proper. We did it!!! Always depend on me!” he added.

The invoice additionally amends the law that offers with health plans, the Plans Act, to specify that carriers are topic to the Consumer Protection Code, which isn’t the case at the moment.

The General Secretariat of the Presidency didn’t say whether or not it had vetoed the proposal by the point this report was revealed. The act have to be promulgated within the State Gazette of the Union.

Reporting by Renato Machado

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