OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-544

AN ACT REQUIRING PRIOR LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF INCREASES IN ASSESSMENTS AND USER FEES CHARGED BY THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 7853

File Copy No.: 144

Senate Calendar No.: 115


OFA Fiscal Note

NO FISCAL IMPACT

The amendment does not result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities, as Access HealthCT, the state's health insurance exchange, is currently funded through assessments on health and dental insurance carriers. The amendment provides that (1) any proposed increase in the assessment or user fee of more than 15 percent in any one year period or 35 percent in any three year period, as well as (2) any proposed method or change in method used to calculate the assessment or user fee be submitted to the committees of cognizance. The underlying bill requires all proposed increases to come before the committees of cognizance.

In addition the amendment states the submitted change(s) shall be deemed approved if not acted on by the committees within 15 days. The underlying bill has a 60 day window after which the changes are deemed denied.

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.