State Clinical Trials Law
The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.
AK ST § 21.42.415 – Health care insurer that offers a health care insurance plan in the state shall cover routine patient care costs incurred by a patient enrolled in an approved clinical trial related to cancer, including leukemia, lymphoma, and bone marrow stem cell disorders. The health care insurer is required to provide coverage under this section only if the patient's treating physician determines that: (1) there is no clearly superior non-investigational treatment alternative; and, (2) available clinical or preclinical data provide a reasonable expectation that the treatment provided in the clinical trial will be at least as efficacious as any non-investigational alternative. (Current 5/27/11)