OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5021

AN ACT CONCERNING WELLNESS PROGRAMS AND EXPANSION OF HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 9013

File Copy No.: 1010

House Calendar No.: 85

Senate Calendar No.: 694

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

This amendment requires coverage for a diagnostic urinalysis test that is ordered by a licensed physician. This mandate is not anticipated to impact the state employee and retiree health plan, as laboratory services are currently a covered benefit.

The amendment may increase costs to certain fully insured municipal plans which currently do not cover diagnostic urinalysis tests, however this is a covered benefit under the Municipal Employees Health Insurance Plan (MEHIP) . The coverage requirements may result in minimally increased premium costs when municipalities enter into new health insurance contracts after January 1, 2010. Due to federal law, municipalities with self-insured health plans are exempt from state health insurance benefit mandates.

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

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.