OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6600

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SUSTINET PLAN.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7939

File Copy No.: 920

House Calendar No.: 403

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See Below

Municipal Impact: See Below

Explanation

This bill establishes the SustiNet Health Partnership board of directors. The purpose of the Partnership is to design and establish the Sustinet Plan, which is intended to provide health care coverage in the state. The Partnership, as proposed in this bill, is not to be construed as a department, institution, or agency of the state. The Partnership is required to submit a range of recommendations to the General Assembly concerning the implementation of the Sustinet Plan, including the creation of an agency having the power to operate as a quasi-public authority. These recommendations must be submitted as proposed legislation to the General Assembly by January 1, 2011. The Partnership is also required to establish several committees that are required to make recommendations in a variety of health care policy areas.

The bill establishes the Sustinet Health Partnership board of directors as a voluntary organization that is not a state agency and receives no appropriated funds. State agencies that are involved with the Board will incur minimal administrative expenses related to Board activities. Any additional potential costs associated with this organization would involve the implementation of the recommendations made to the legislature as outlined in the bill. However, as those recommendations are subject to approval by the legislature, any costs associated with them would be related to the implementation of that subsequent legislation.

The bill has further requirements that may lead to potential administrative costs for the Departments of Revenue Services and Labor, and the Office of Health Care Advocate.

The bill establishes three task forces to study obesity, tobacco use, and shortages in medical personnel. Any state agencies that are involved with these task forces will incur minimal administrative expenses related to task force activities.

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.