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House of Representatives

File No. 820

General Assembly

 

January Session, 2017

(Reprint of File No. 219)

House Bill No. 6623

 

As Amended by House Amendment

Schedule "A"

Approved by the Legislative Commissioner

June 1, 2017

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM RATE INCREASES AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO MITIGATE SUCH INCREASES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a working group to study health insurance premium rate increases in this state and develop recommendations to mitigate such increases. Such study and recommendations shall include, but not be limited to, means available to: (1) Respond to any pending or enacted legislation or order that amends, modifies or repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, as amended from time to time, or any portion thereof; (2) encourage competition among health carriers in this state; (3) foster the development of new and more affordable health insurance policies for sale in this state; (4) reduce the financial impact of health benefits mandated by the laws of this state; and (5) address the drivers affecting the cost of health insurance policies and prescription drugs.

(b) The working group shall consist of the following members:

(1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance;

(2) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

(3) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;

(4) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;

(5) One appointed by the Senate Republican president pro tempore;

(6) The Insurance Commissioner, or the commissioner's designee;

(7) One representative of the Connecticut Association of Health Plans, appointed by the president of the association;

(8) One representative of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, appointed by its president and chief executive officer;

(9) One representative of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, appointed by the president of the association, who shall be the officer, manager or director of an employer doing business in this state that sponsors a group health insurance policy for its active employees; and

(10) Two individuals appointed by the Healthcare Advocate, one of whom shall be insured under an individual health insurance policy and one of whom shall be insured under a group health insurance policy.

(c) Any member of the working group appointed under subdivisions (1) to (5), inclusive, of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the working group shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the working group from among the members of the working group. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the working group, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance shall serve as administrative staff of the working group.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2018, the working group shall submit a report on its recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to insurance, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The working group shall terminate on the date it submits such report or January 1, 2018, whichever is later.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do 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.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

Various State Agencies

GF - Potential Cost

Less than $1,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a working group to study health insurance premium rate increases in this state and develop recommendations to mitigate such increases.

There may be a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 18 to those agencies participating in the working group to reimburse legislators and agency staff for mileage expenses, currently at 53.5 cents/mile.

House “A” clarifies the membership of the task force and does not alter the aforementioned fiscal note.

The Out Years

There is no ongoing fiscal impact because the working group terminates in FY 18.

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6623 (as amended by House "A")

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM RATE INCREASES AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO MITIGATE SUCH INCREASES.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

20

Nay

0

(03/09/2017)

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