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This Act requires health benefit plans delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed on or after January 1, 2017, in accordance with current law requirements for coverage of mental health disorders, to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. The Act further requires that the provided coverage include a broad array of specialist services as proscribed as necessary by the patient's treatment team. Coverage under this Act is limited to medically necessary treatment and the treatment plan must include all elements necessary for a health benefit plan to pay claims. Under the Act medical necessity determinations and care management for the treatment of eating disorders shall consider the overall medical and mental health needs of the individual with the eating disorder and shall not be based solely on weight. Coverage may be subject to other general exclusions and limitations of the contract or benefit plan not in conflict with the Act.

This Act requires that local emergency services have access to a list of stroke-ready hospitals, comprehensive stroke centers and primary stroke centers in the state. Emergency medical providers will set their own protocols for assessment, treatment and transport of stroke patients.

This Act modifies the Code of Criminal Procedure to include a registry for persons who commit specified white collar crimes.

The Uniform Electronic Recordation of Custodial Interrogations Act requires that law enforcement electronically record the entirety of a custodial interrogation. The Act leaves it to the individual states to decide where and for what types of crimes this mandate applies, as well as the means by which recording must be done. The Act also includes a number of exceptions that excuse non-recording.

This act amends existing laws in Arkansas relating to the Arkansas Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1977, which regulates tobacco products, to include vapor products, alternative nicotine products, and e-liquid products.

This Act permits certain individuals to report the occurrence or suspected occurrence of financial exploitation of qualified adults, defined as a person who is either 60 years of age or older or has a disability as defined under current law and is between the ages of 18 and 59. The Act permits certain individuals to notify an immediate family member, legal guardian, conservator, co-trustee, successor trustee, or agent under power of attorney of the qualified adult if they are of the belief that the qualified adult is, or may become, a victim of financial exploitation. The Act permits certain individuals to refuse to make a disbursement from the account of a qualified adult or an account on which a qualified adult is a beneficiary or beneficial owner if the individual reasonably believes the request will result in financial exploitation

The Act clarifies that Internet gambling cafes, also known as Internet sweepstakes cafes, are illegal gambling activity. Café proprietors typically advertise for sale internet time or long-distance telephone minutes. In addition to the internet time or telephone minutes, the purchaser will receive entries in an internet sweepstakes and can participate in the sweepstakes games on the café’s computers set up for that purpose. Based on a random allocation of winning and losing entries, the customer may or may not win cash prizes through the games.

This Act provides that neither the state nor a political subdivision may impose, assess, collect, or attempt to collect a tax on Internet access or the use of Internet access.

The Act prohibits the sale of electronic smoking devices and alternative nicotine products to minors, and requires child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine containers. The Act also requires that all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and alternative nicotine products, are sold with the assistance of a clerk, meaning that these products can no longer be sold in self-service displays.

The Act authorizes open-ended credit plans extended to non-commercial borrowers for personal, family, or household purposes. Such loans may be secured or unsecured by personal property, lacking in fixed maturities or designated length of term, and are subject to prepayment of the outstanding balance at any time without penalty.

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