NU Online News Service, July 2, 6:44 p.m. – Missouri Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, is considering H.B. 1473, a bill that could help bring Missouri health plans into the Internet age.

The final version of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Tom Green, D-St. Charles, Mo., lets managed care plans offer current enrollees the choice of getting plan documents and materials through the Web, rather than in printed form.

But “an enrollee may revoke such a waiver at any time by notifying the managed care entity by phone or in writing or annually,” according to the bill text.

Moreover, the text states that “any enrollee who does not execute such a waiver and prospective enrollees shall have documents and materials from the managed care entity provided in print form.”

The original version of the bill might have given liability carriers and workers’ compensation carriers the ability to ask injured recipients of health-related benefits to waive the right to receive printed documents. Lawmakers amended the final version to indicate that liability and workers’ comp carriers still have to deliver policy documents and materials in printed form.

Holden has not yet announced whether he will sign H.B. 1473, but the final version of the bill had unanimous support in the state legislature.

The final version passed 154-0 in the House and 32-0 in the Senate.

The text of the bill is on the Web at http://www.house.state.mo.us/bills02/bills02/hb1473.htm