2019 Legislative Session Off and Running!

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The 2019 Session of the Mississippi Legislature is off and running! With the deadline for introducing general bills now behind us, most legislative measures have now become available on the Legislative Website.

To keep our members informed, MASI will be sending out legislative updates during the session. These updates will include lists of pending legislation, and you can view a list of these introduced bills by scrolling down.

Since the first few days of the session, we have been busy working on several bills. Top on our list this year will again be two items we have pursued in the past… The Workplace Tax Credit, a bill we have been promoting for several years now to encourage employers to offer wellness programs for their employees; and a Bill to Outlaw the Sale of Synthetic Human Urine for the purposes of faking a drug test.

We will also be assisting with a “Return to Special Fund Bill” to restore fiscal authority to the MS Workers’ Compensation Commission, reversing the damaging bill passed in 2016 which swept the Administrative Expense Fund into the State General Fund, resulting in increased assessments on many of our members.

Other bills have been introduced, some having to do with reforms in Workers’ Compensation, and we have included information on all of these below.

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



BILL TO OUTLAW SYNTHETIC HUMAN URINE

Hard to imagine that in Mississippi it is legal for someone to purchase Synthetic Human Urine for the purposes of faking a drug test at work. This has resulted in an unsafe work environment, and MASI is fighting to change this.

HB1320, authored by Rep. Nick Baine, faces a February 5 deadline in the Mississippi House of Representatives, Judicial Committee B. For more information on HB1320, Click Here.


Return to Special Fund Bill

HB731 and SB2307 will restore fiscal control to the MWCC and shield the Administrative Expense Fund from being diverted to fund other agencies.

MASI supports this action because it is the right thing to do, and it will allow assessments against our members to go down. We believe that the monies paid by our employer and group members to fund the operation of the MWCC should not be diverted to other state agencies, and our members should not be left to fund the difference through higher assessments.

For more information on HB731, Click Here.

For more information on SB2307, Click Here.


WORKPLACE WELLNESS TAX CREDIT

MASI will again be pursuing passage of 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! 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.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BILLS

Several bills have been introduced that would make significant changes to Mississippi’s Workers’ Compensation laws.

For a list of these bills, scroll down. MASI invites your opinion, and is working now to promote bills that are deemed to be favorable and defeat those that are not. We welcome your input!

Below are links to three that we find most interesting… let us know your thoughts!

HB 649

%Workers’ compensation; increase assessment for the Second Injury Trust Fund.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 629

Workers’ Compensation Law; require blood tests and autopsies in found dead cases under certain conditions.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 631

Workers’ Compensation Law; restore confidentiality to the records of claimants at the MS Workers’ Commission and shield them from solicitation.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism


Mark Henry Appointed MWCC Commissioner

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Mr. Mark Henry to a six-year term on the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. He will replace Commissioner Thomas A. Webb, whose term expired December 31, 2018.

Mr. Henry is a familiar friend to MASI from his years as an Administrative Judge for the MWCC. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES).


“I am pleased to appoint Mark to the Workers’ Compensation Commission,” Gov. Bryant said. “His experience at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, coupled with his acute understanding of the Commission from his time as an administrative judge there, make him well suited to ensure both workers and employers are treated fairly.”

Mr. Henry is expected to be confirmed by the Senate soon, at which time Commissioner Webb will step down. We congratulate Mr. Henry on his appointment, and we also thank Commissioner Webb for his many outstanding years of service to the MWCC and the State of Mississippi as a judge, a defense attorney, and as a commissioner.


MASI WILL HOST MAHU LEGISLATIVE DAY FEBRUARY 6

MASI is excited to be partnering with the MS Association of Health Underwriters on Wednesday, February 6, for the 2019 MASI/ MAHU Legislative Day. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am at the MS Trucking Association, 825 N. President St. in Jackson. Included will be a legislative report on Health Issues by Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director. Following lunch, participants will visit the MS State Capitol for visits with state leaders.


KEY MISSISSIPPI STATE LEADERS…. CLICK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION


Gov. Phil Bryant

Lt. Gov. Tate
Reeves

Speaker
Philip Gunn

Ins.Comm.
Mike Chaney

MWCC Chair,
Mark Formby

Sen. Videt
Carmichael
INSURANCE

Sen. Dean Kirby

PUB. HEALTH

Sen. Joey
Fillingane
FINANCE

Sen. Eugene
Buck Clarke
APPROP

Sen. Briggs
Hopson

JUD. A

Rep. Gary Chism
INSURANCE

Rep. Sam Mims

HEALTH

Rep. Jeff Smith

WAYS MEANS

Rep. John Read

APPROP

Rep. Angela
Cockerham

JUD B


WORKERS’ COMP BILLS

SB2307

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission; reestablish as special fund agency.

01/21 (S) Referred To Appropriations Fillingane

SB2413

Workers’ compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary, Division A Simmons (12th)

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George Mark Henry, Brandon, Mississippi, Workers’ Compensation Commission, term beginning immediately and ending December 31, 2024.

01/24 (S) Referred To Insurance GOVERNOR

HB 731

MS Workers’ Compensation Commission; return to a special fund agency.

01/17 (H) Referred To Appropriations Brown

HB 545

Workers’ Compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.

01/15 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A Sykes

HB1070

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise provisions regarding third party actions.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A Tullos

HB 770

MS Responder Management System; registrants receive workers’ compensation benefits for death or injury responding to emergency.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Currie

HB 720

Workers’ compensation; require emergency hearing upon request of either party.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 649

%Workers’ compensation; increase assessment for the Second Injury Trust Fund.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 629

Workers’ Compensation Law; require blood tests and autopsies in found dead cases under certain conditions.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 631

Workers’ Compensation Law; restore confidentiality to the records of claimants at the MS Workers’ Commission and shield them from solicitation.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 405

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions regarding.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A Sykes

HB 246

Workers’ Compensation Law; increase maximum total recovery under to 520 weeks.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A Hines



HEALTH BILLS

SB2523

Health insurance; require coverage for hearing aids and services for hearing impaired children.

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations Carmichael

SB2081

Qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements; authorize for reimbursing medical expenses of employees.

01/11 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations Hill

SB2083

Health insurance; require coverage for supplies used after surgery to remove bladder or colon.

01/11 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations Hill

SB2127

Health care insurance; no person, employer or health care provider shall be required to participate in any health care plan.

01/11 (S) Referred To Insurance Watson

SB2690

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Insurance Kirby

SB2008

Podiatric medicine; revise definition of to include ankle care.

01/08 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Frazier

SB2032

Health Care CON review; party requesting or appealing a hearing on application is responsible for costs and attorney fees.

01/08 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Blackwell

SB2558

Health insurance; Commissioner of Insurance must approve rate filings containing an increase in premiums.

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance Norwood

SB2562

Health insurance policies; require coverage for hearing aids and services for children under 21.

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations DeBar

SB2678

Health insurance coverage for mental illness; add coverage parity reporting requirements.

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations Tollison

SB2689

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Insurance Harkins

SB2037

“Emergency Medical Services Do Not Resuscitate Order-Bracelet Act”; enact.

01/08 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Burton

SB2040

Certified nurse practitioners; no physician supervision required if over 3,600 hours of clinical practice.

01/08 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Burton

SB2057

Nursing home care; authorize nursing home resident or representative to have monitoring device installed in room.

01/08 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Hill

SB2060

%Naturopathic medicine; provide for the licensing of practitioners.

01/08 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Fillingane

SB2061

SREB contract program; students who graduate from out-of-state optometry colleges not required to practice in Mississippi.

01/08 (S) Referred To Universities and Colleges;Public Health and Welfare Wilemon

SB2074

Vaccine safety; SDH require vaccine information statements to be supplied to individual receiving the vaccination.

01/11 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division A Hill

SB2113

Chemical endangerment of a child or fetus; create crime of.

01/11 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division B Watson

SB2116

Abortion; prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat.

01/11 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Hill

SB2170

Use of public or grant funds for abortion or family planning services; strictly prohibit.

01/14 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Watson

SB2171

“Mississippi Unborn Infants Dignity Act”; enact.

01/14 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Watson

SB2336

Health insurance policies; require coverage for colorectal cancer examinations.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Appropriations Dawkins

SB2349

Marijuana; legalize.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division B Simmons (12th)

SB2358

Marijuana; allow medical use by seriously ill patients, including service-connected PTSD.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division B Simmons (12th)

SB2365

Pharmacy Practice Act; define biological/interchangeable product.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Kirby

SB2391

Mississippi Automated Substance Tracking System (MAST); authorize State Board of Pharmacy to implement.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Appropriations Kirby

SB2557

Consumer protection; restrict use of certain chemicals in food and food packaging.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare Jackson (32nd)

SB2643

Marijuana; allow medical use by seriously ill patients under doctor’s supervision.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division A Dawkins

SB2689

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Insurance Harkins

SB2690

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

01/21 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Insurance Kirby

HB 17

State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan; include local employees in participation.

01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations Baria

HB 128

Pharmacies; reduce time period covered by audit of claims submitted by to PBMs.

01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human Services Arnold

HB 148

Health insurance policies; require coverage for hearing aids and services for children under 21.

01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance Massengill

HB 273

Community hospital, certain; authorize board of trustees members to participate in health insurance plan.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance Bain

HB 278

Health insurance; provide AG regulation and arbitration of disputes regarding billing between provider and insured.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A Chism

HB 280

Nonadmitted policy fee; extend repealer on and revise diversion for FY 2020.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 317

Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human Services Clark

HB 519

Patient Choice Act of 2019; create.

01/15 (H) Referred To Insurance Foster

HB 531

Insurance; prohibit delaying medical bill payment of insured for purpose of establishing subrogation rights.

01/15 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A Baria

HB 542

%Contraceptives; require insurers, Medicaid and the State Health Plan to cover without cost sharing.

01/15 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human Services Dortch

HB 628

Health insurance; revise mandatory policy provisions to penalize late payments of claims.

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 737

Patient Protection Act of 1995; revise to make additional prohibitions and requirements of managed care plans.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Powell

HB 738

Telemedicine; revise insurance laws regarding.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Powell

HB 752

Dental Insurance benefits; prohibit the denial or recoupment of a claim in certain circumstances.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Steverson

HB1109

Health insurance; revise mandatory policy provisions to penalize late payments of claims.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Currie

HB1215

Health benefit plans; require those that may result in excess cost sharing for covered prescription drugs to disclose such to enrollees.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human Services Mettetal


MISC. INSURANCE BILLS

SB2090

Insurance agents; exempt age 75 or older from continuing education requirements.

01/11 (S) Referred To Insurance;Accountability, Efficiency,

Transparency Dearing

SB2551

Insurance; prohibit use of credit information in underwriting and rating.

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance Dawkins

HB1143

Commercial Lines Modernization Act; enact.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 911

Insurance Data Security Law; establish.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 805

%Surplus lines insurance; extend repealer on section prescribing nonadmitted policy fee for.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance White

HB 848

Motor vehicle liability insurance; increase minimum coverage required.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Horan

HB 785

Motor vehicle dealers; revise blanket liability insurance requirements for.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Wilkes

HB 717

Uninsured motorist coverage; provide that limits will be equal to liability coverage unless insured selects otherwise.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 718

Uninsured motorist coverage; provide that coverage is mandatory in every automobile liability insurance policy.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 719

Motor vehicle liability insurance policy; require to include medical payment coverage.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 435

Motor vehicle; provide that the most insurers shall be required to pay for repairs is the prevailing market rate.

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance Currie

HB 322

MS Insurance Guaranty Association Law; revise definition of covered claim under.

01/22 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Chism

HB 323

Insurance companies; require to establish an internal audit function.

01/22 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Chism

HB 324

Insurance companies; require to file a corporate governance annual disclosure with the Commissioner of Insurance.

01/22 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Chism

HB 35

Insurance premium tax; rebate to counties a portion of revenue generated from homeowners insurance policies.

01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance;Ways and Means Hughes


MASI wants to serve you! As in years past, we will be hard at work tracking bills and keeping you informed of the ones that concern you. We will endeavor to safeguard our industry from harmful legislation and over-reaching regulation. If at any time you hear of legislation that concerns you, please do not hesitate to contact us!

As always, thank you for your support of MASI!



Dan

Dan M. Gibson, Executive Director

Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers

825 N. President Street

Jackson, Mississippi 39202

601-354-0199

www.masiweb.org