OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5021

AN ACT EXPANDING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR OSTOMY SUPPLIES.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill increases the annual limit related to mandated ostomy supply coverage from $1,000 to $5,000. The bill is not anticipated to impact costs to the state health plans since the state plans currently provide this coverage.

The bill may impact municipalities that have fully insured health plans and do not currently cover the ostomy supplies required by the bill.  The coverage requirements effective January 1, 2010 may result in increased premium costs when municipalities enter into new contracts for health insurance. Due to federal law, municipalities with self-insured health plans are exempt from state health insurance benefit mandates.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources: Office of the State Comptroller, Municipal Employees Health Insurance Plan (MEHIP) Schedule of Benefits, State Employee Health Plan Subscriber Agreement.