2017 Session Off and Running

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clip_image002The 2017 Session of the Mississippi Legislature began last Tuesday, January 3. With all committee chairpersons in place and the legislative calendar already set, the session is off and running!

Just two days into the session, MASI has already begun working on our Workplace Wellness Tax Credit – a bill that would establish tax incentives for employers offering wellness programs for their employees. On Wednesday, January 4, MASI met with Lt. Governor Tate Reeves to ask for his support.

A delegation headed by MASI President Maury Hull of Hol-Mac Corporation included Mr. Charles Holder, founder and owner of Hol-Mac, Donnie Smith, VP of Human Relations and Public Relations for Rush Health Systems, and Dan Gibson, Executive Director of MASI. Also in attendance were Tim Moore, Executive Director of the MS Hospital Association and Richard Roberson, Director of Governmental Affairs for the MHA.

At the meeting, Mr. Hull told of great success in Hol-Mac’s wellness program, and how an annual corporate investment of nearly one half million dollars was resulting in tremendous savings in health insurance expense – evidence that the modest investment of state tax dollars into a tax credit would very likely reap impressive returns and pay for itself. The point was made also that many individuals who are participating in employer-sponsored wellness programs are actually employee spouses, who are currently on the state’s health plan – teachers being a prime example. It only stands to reason that as these individuals become healthier, the state of Mississippi will reap the benefit.

MASI appreciates the kindness and receptive spirit shown to us by the Lt. Governor in Wednesday’s meeting. We are hopeful that his support will help take this bill to victory. The bill passed the House last year by a nearly unanimous vote. All we need is for the Senate to concur.

To visit the Legislative Homepage, click here. Scroll down to the bottom of this email for a listing of active bills.

MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit Being Introduced Again!!

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DAN GIBSON — The workplace wellness tax credit – a win-win for Mississippi

If you’re like me, you really get tired of hearing about how fat we are. Do we really need anyone to tell us?? Sure we have some of the best cooks in the world, but it’s just awful how much we get picked on. Travel to any other place, especially a foreign country, and it’s easy to see why we are fat – talk about awesome Southern cuisine!

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MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit – A Win Win for Everyone!

clip_image006The cornerstone of MASI’s 2017 Legislative Agenda is the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit, to allow $1 million in tax credits for employers who provide wellness programs for their employees. This is a Win-Win proposal for workers’ comp plans and health plans both! Rep. Jeff Smith and Sen. Joey Fillingane have both graciously agreed to file the bill again for MASI. We will post it as soon as it hits the legislative website. As a revenue bill, we will be facing a later deadline than general bills – and we will be sure to keep you posted on its progress.

To read talking points on MASI’s Wellness Tax Credit bill, CLICK HERE. To read the bill, CLICK HERE. To send an email expressing YOUR SUPPORT for MASI’s Wellness Tax Credit, CLICK HERE.

List of Bills MASI is Watching

Workers’ Comp Bills

HB 169

Workers’ Compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A

 

Sykes

HB 171

Workers’ Compensation; require death benefits payments to next-of-kin if no dependents exist.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Scott

HB 172

Workers’ Compensation Law; increase maximum total recovery under to 520 weeks.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A

 

Hines

HB 183

Workers’ Compensation Law; reduce certain repayment to employer after third party lawsuit due to attributable fault.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A

 

Baria

HB 186

Workers’ Compensation Law; provide commission has exclusive jurisdiction of bad faith claims.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A

 

Formby

HB 308

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions regarding.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A

 

Sykes

SB2040

Workers’ compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.
01/05 (S) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary, Division A

 

Simmons (12th)

Health Insurance/ Health Related Bills

HB 167

Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Clark

HB 168

Health Insurance policies; require coverage for hearing aids and services for children under 21.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Massengill

HB 175

Small business health insurance pool; create.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Revenue and Expenditure General Bills

 

Scott

HB 181

Insurance; prohibit delaying medical bill payment of insured for purpose of establishing subrogation rights.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A

 

Baria

HB 337

Mississippi Patient Protection Act of 2017; create.
01/05 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Currie

HB 369

Health insurance policies; require coverage certain examinations primarily related to women’s health.
01/05 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Currie

HB 371

Vision insurance; prohibit provider contracts from establishing or limiting fees for noncovered services.
01/05 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Chism

SB2012

Group health insurance plan coverage for prescription drugs; authorize medication synchronization for beneficiaries.
01/05 (S) Referred To Insurance

 

Kirby

SB2024

Health insurance; require coverage for hearing aids and services for hearing impaired children.
01/05 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations

 

Carmichael

SB2072

Health insurance; Commissioner of Insurance must approve rate filings containing an increase in premiums.
01/05 (S) Referred To Insurance

 

Norwood

SB2109

Health insurance policies; require coverage for hearing aids and services for children under 21.
01/09 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations

 

DeBar

General Insurance Bills

HB 170

Insurance companies; require to offer property and casualty insurance if offered in another state.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Scott