OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 820 (File 408, as amended by Senate "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY OF PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPRESS PROGRAM.

SUMMARY

Under current law, a business must have been registered to conduct business for at least 12 months in order to qualify for financial assistance from the Small Business Express (EXP) program. This bill lowers the requirement, from 12 months to six, for in-state physicians or physician offices that provide primary care services to adults or children in the state.

In order to be eligible for EXP assistance under current law and the bill, physicians and physicians' offices, like other types of businesses, must also (1) employ 100 or fewer people on at least 50% of their working days during the preceding 12 months and (2) be in good standing with the payment of all state and local taxes and with all state agencies.

The bill also requires the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) commissioner, in consultation with the Connecticut State Medical Society, to review the EXP application process to ensure that EXP facilitates physician and physicians' office participation in the program. If necessary, DECD must modify the application process to facilitate, and reduce unnecessary barriers to, physician and physicians' office participation in EXP. By January 1, 2018, DECD must report the review's findings, results, and any proposed EXP modifications to the Commerce and Public Health committees.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds provisions requiring DECD to review the EXP application process.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Related Bill

SB 438, reported favorably by the Public Health Committee, contains similar provisions regarding physician and physicians' office eligibility for EXP.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

20

Nay

1

(03/21/2017)