MASI Legislative Update – Dangerous Bills Die

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2018 Legislative Update

Monday, February 5, 2018

MASI Joins With MS Association Health-Underwriters this Wednesday for MAHU Legislative Day! Scroll down for details…

Deadlines Shorten Bill List – Dangerous Bills Die

clip_image006[4]Legislative Deadlines have shortened the bill list – and with a major deadline approaching this Thursday, February 8, the deadline for floor passage of general bills originating in each chamber, the list is about to shorten even more.

Among the dead bills are all of the dangerous Workers’ Comp bills MASI had been working to defeat. Also dead are quite a number of health insurance bills that would have imposed unfunded and expensive coverage mandates on providers of group health insurance. We thank and applaud Senator Videt Carmichael, Senate Insurance Chairman, and Representative Gary Chism, House Insurance Chairman, for their leadership in this effort. At left, the House Insurance Committee, chaired by Rep. Chism, considers legislation.

After Thursday, the process starts all over again for the bills that do pass and then get referred to committees in the other chamber- House bills will go to the Senate and vice versa.

These deadlines do not apply, however, to finance bills such as our Wellness Tax Credit. These bills have until February 21 to be passed by each chamber and then referred to the next.

MASI Joins With MS Association Health-Underwriters this Wednesday for MAHU Legislative Day

All are invited this Wednesday to the MS Trucking Association for a lunch meeting at 11:30 … We will then head to the Capitol to visit with Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. If you’d like to join us, just drop us an e-mail!

dangibson@masiweb.org

MASI’s “Urine Trouble Bill” Pending Floor Action in the House

clip_image008[4]Now that the House Judiciary B Committee has passed HB1080, the Mississippi Urine Trouble Act, we now await floor action in the House. We are hopeful the bill will be passed by Thursday’s deadline.

This bill will make the sale of synthetic human urine illegal in Mississippi for the purposes of faking a drug test.

This issue was brought to our attention by MASI member companies who are struggling to maintain a drug-free workplace due to the increased use of SHU – many employees across our state have been using this product to falsify the results of their urine tests.

After a lively and lengthy discussion, the House Jud B committee amended the bill by doubling the penalties and then overwhelmingly passed it. Committee Chairman Andy Gipson authored the bill, and Committee Co-Chairman Willie Bailey will champion the bill during debate. After hopeful passage, the bill will then be referred to the Senate.

To read MASI’s talking points on the Urine Trouble Bill, click here.

To read HB1080, click here.

To read Media Coverage of the bill, click here.

MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit Pending in House

clip_image010[4]MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit has been introduced in the House. HB1542, authored by House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Smith, is now pending – and we are hopeful that it will soon pass committee and be sent to the floor for a vote by the full House. We are still waiting on a companion bill to be introduced in the Senate.

The cornerstone of MASI’s 2018 Legislative Agenda, the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit will 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 February 21 deadline – 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 send an email expressing YOUR SUPPORT for MASI’s Wellness Tax Credit, CLICK HERE.

To read HB1542, CLICK HERE.

House Passes MWCC “Return to Special Fund Bill”

clip_image012[4]The House overwhelmingly voted to pass HB789, 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. We applaud Appropriations Chairman John Read, pictured at left with MASI Executive Director Dan Gibson, and Rep. Chris Brown, author of the bill, for their leadership and support.

To read MASI’s talking points on the Return to Special Fund Bill, click here.

To read HB789, click here.

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 A Win-Win!

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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!

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING…

List of Bills MASI is Watching

Workers’ Comp Bills

HB 1

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions regarding.
DEAD

Sykes

HB 77

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

Hines

HB 78

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

Sykes

HB 403

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

Watson

HB 437

Workers’ Compensation; require death benefits payments to next-of-kin if no dependents exist.
DEAD

Scott

HB 856

Workers’ Compensation Law; reduce certain repayment to employer after third party lawsuit due to attributable fault.
DEAD

Baria

HB1080

“The Mississippi Urine Trouble Act”; create to provide for the crime of selling urine.
01/25 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub

Gipson

HB1046

Workers’ Compensation Law; bring forward section regarding estoppel to deny insurance claims.
DEAD

Bennett

SB2179

Workers’ compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.
01/09 (S) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary, Division A

Simmons (12th)

HB1137

Insurance companies; revise notice requirements when transferring policies to an affiliated insurer.
DEAD

Turner

Health Insurance/ Health Related Bills

HB 3

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

Massengill

HB 329

Prescription drugs; health insurance policies must allow for partial refills for purposes of medication synchronization.
DEAD

Mims

HB 433

Health insurance policies; require coverage certain examinations primarily related to women’s health.
DEAD

HB 522

Small business health insurance pool; create.
DEAD

Scott

HB 769

Health insurance policies; delete age limitation on requirement to provide autism-related coverage.
DEAD

Massengill

HB 844

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

Baria

HB 873

Commissioner of Insurance; may adopt rules and regulations that pertain to drug formularies.
DEAD

Chism

HB 874
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Contraceptives; require insurers, Medicaid and the State Health Plan to cover without cost sharing.
DEAD

Dortch

SB2088

State Employees Health Insurance Plan; allow local school board members to purchase coverage.
DEAD

Wilemon

SB2094

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

Tollison

SB2095

Health insurance coverage for autism therapy services; remove age limitation.
DEAD

Tollison

SB2150

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

Watson

SB2195

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

Carmichael

SB2276

Health insurers; require to release certain claims data upon request of group policyholder.
DEAD

Watson *

SB2296

Group health insurance plan coverage for prescription drugs; authorize medication synchronization for beneficiaries.
01/24 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub

Kirby

SB2406

Health insurance policies; require to offer coverage for breast ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
DEAD

Hill

SB2425

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

Hill

HB1469

Health insurance coverage for autism therapy services; remove age limitation.
DEAD

Arnold

HB1513

Patient Choice Act of 2018; create.
DEAD

Foster

HB1514

The Patient Choice Act of 2018; enact.
DEAD

Chism

SB2454

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

Hill

SB2550

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

Norwood

SB2915

Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool; require approval before expending remaining monies after cessation.
DEAD

Carmichael

SB2916

Commissioner of Insurance; may adopt regulations for coverage of prescription drugs through a drug formulary.
DEAD

Carmichael

General Insurance Bills

HB 76

Insurance; require certain consumer information and notice and availability of mediation regarding balance billing.
DEAD

Dortch

SB2010
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Government self-insurance programs; authorize Commissioner of Insurance to conduct examinations of.
01/29 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub

Kirby

SB2311

Insurance companies; revise notice requirements when transferring policies to an affiliated insurer.
02/01 (S) Transmitted To House

Blackwell

SB2020

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

Dearing


MASI Legislative Update – 2018 Session In Full Swing

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clip_image002[4]The 2018 Session of the Mississippi Legislature is now in full swing, and only two weeks in, a major milestone has already passed: the deadline for introduction of bills. 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.

Just a few days into the session, MASI has already been working on several bills. Top on our list this year will be the Workplace Tax Credit – a bill we have been promoting for several years now to encourage employers to offer wellness programs for their employees. To read MASI’s talking points on the Wellness Tax Credit, click here.

Also on our list will be MASI’s “Urine Trouble Bill” – legislation to make the sale of synthetic human urine illegal in Mississippi for the purposes of faking a drug test. To read MASI’s talking points on the Urine Trouble Bill, click here.

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. To read MASI’s talking points on the Return to Special Fund Bill, click here.

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!!

clip_image002[6]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!

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING…

 

 

 

 

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

clip_image002[8]The cornerstone of MASI’s 2018 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! 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 send an email expressing YOUR SUPPORT for MASI’s Wellness Tax Credit, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

List of Bills MASI is Watching

Workers’ Comp Bills

HB 1 Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions regarding.
01/02 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A
Sykes
HB 77 Workers’ Compensation Law; increase maximum total recovery under to 520 weeks.
01/02 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A
Hines
HB 78 Workers’ Compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.
01/02 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A
Sykes
HB 403 Workers’ compensation; require emergency hearing upon request of either party.
01/05 (H) Referred To Insurance
Watson
HB 437 Workers’ Compensation; require death benefits payments to next-of-kin if no dependents exist.
01/05 (H) Referred To Insurance
Scott
HB 856 Workers’ Compensation Law; reduce certain repayment to employer after third party lawsuit due to attributable fault.
01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A
Baria
HB1080 “The Mississippi Urine Trouble Act”; create to provide for the crime of selling urine.
01/15 (H) Referred To Judiciary B
Gipson
HB1046 Workers’ Compensation Law; bring forward section regarding estoppel to deny insurance claims.
01/15 (H) Referred To Insurance
Bennett
SB2179 Workers’ compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation.
01/09 (S) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary, Division A
Simmons (12th)

 

 

Health Insurance/ Health Related Bills

HB 3 Health insurance policies; require coverage for hearing aids and services for children under 21.
01/02 (H) Referred To Insurance
Massengill
HB 329 Prescription drugs; health insurance policies must allow for partial refills for purposes of medication synchronization.
01/03 (H) Referred To Insurance
Mims
HB 433 Health insurance policies; require coverage certain examinations primarily related to women’s health.
01/05 (H) Referred To Insurance
HB 522 Small business health insurance pool; create.
01/08 (H) Referred To Insurance
Scott
HB 769 Health insurance policies; delete age limitation on requirement to provide autism-related coverage.
01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance
Massengill
HB 844 Insurance; prohibit delaying medical bill payment of insured for purpose of establishing subrogation rights.
01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary A
Baria
HB 873 Commissioner of Insurance; may adopt rules and regulations that pertain to drug formularies.
01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance
Chism
HB 874
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Contraceptives; require insurers, Medicaid and the State Health Plan to cover without cost sharing.
01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human Services
Dortch
SB2088 State Employees Health Insurance Plan; allow local school board members to purchase coverage.
01/04 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations
Wilemon
SB2094 Health insurance coverage for mental illness; add coverage parity reporting requirements.
01/04 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations
Tollison
SB2095 Health insurance coverage for autism therapy services; remove age limitation.
01/04 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations
Tollison
SB2150 Health care insurance; no person, employer or health care provider shall be required to participate in any health care plan.
01/09 (S) Referred To Insurance
Watson
SB2195 Health insurance; require coverage for hearing aids and services for hearing impaired children.
01/09 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations
Carmichael
SB2276 Health insurers; require to release certain claims data upon request of group policyholder.
01/10 (S) Referred To Insurance
Watson *
SB2296 Group health insurance plan coverage for prescription drugs; authorize medication synchronization for beneficiaries.
01/10 (S) Referred To Insurance
Kirby
SB2406 Health insurance policies; require to offer coverage for breast ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
01/15 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations
Hill
SB2425 Qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements; authorize for reimbursing medical expenses of employees.
01/15 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations
Hill

 

 

 

General Insurance Bills

HB 76 Insurance; require certain consumer information and notice and availability of mediation regarding balance billing.

01/02 (H) Referred To Insurance

Dortch
SB2010
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Government self-insurance programs; authorize Commissioner of Insurance to conduct examinations of.
01/03 (S) Referred To Insurance
Kirby
SB2020 Insurance agents; exempt age 75 or older from continuing education requirements.
01/03 (S) Referred To Insurance;Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency
Dearing

 

As The Voice of One for self-insured healthcare and workers’ comp in Mississippi, 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

Legislative Wrap-Up

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2017 Legislative Update

April 4, 2017

2017 Spring Session Now Over!

Mississippi’s 2017 Legislative Session is now in the history books – and MASI is pleased to report that all legislation presenting a threat to our members is now dead until next year.

We are grateful to our leaders in the House and the Senate, especially House Insurance Committee Chairman Gary Chism and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Videt Carmichael for their diligence in safeguarding our members and fighting off attempts to dismantle progress made over the years that would bog down our industry with excess regulation.

MASI Helps to Preserve Workers’ Comp Second Injury Fund

clip_image006MASI joined hands with the MS Workers’ Comp Commission to safeguard Mississippi’s Workers’ Comp Second Injury Fund. During the last week of the Spring Legislative Session, this special fund was restored to the control of the MS Workers’ Compensation Commission.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Beth Aldridge, MWCC Commissioner, Senate Appropriations Chairman Buck Clarke of Hollandale, and House Appropriations Chairman John Reed to get the trust fund restored.

This fund, which pays perm/total claims resulting from second injuries, had been swept into the General Fund last year by legislation to consolidate agency accounts. Two bills were passed concurrently to correct this dilemma: SB2625 and HB887.

 

Senate Confirms Hon. Mark Formby as New MWCC Chairman

clip_image008MASI congratulates the Hon. Mark Formby who was confirmed by the Mississippi Senate during the closing days of the session to be the next Chairman of the MS Workers’ Comp Commission. Rep. Formby was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to replace the Hon. Liles Williams, who will soon retire after serving honorably in this position for 12 years.

Representative Formby was born August 16, 1956 in Starkville and is married to the former Rita Gaidamovics and is the father of two children. He is of the Baptist faith. He is a graduate of Pearl River Community College and Mississippi State University, and has represented Pearl River County in the MS House of Representatives since 1993. He has served in numerous leadership positions, including Chairman of Insurance for several years. He was one of the primary leaders in helping MASI pass Mississippi’s Historic Workers’ Comp Reform bill in 2012. Representative Formby is a longtime realtor in Picayune, and is affiliated with the Jaycees, Kiwanis, D.U., Picayune Bass Club, Epsilon Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega and A.L.E.C. He is also the former Legislative Assistant to US Senator Trent Lott.

MASI looks forward to working with Chairman Formby in this exciting new role!

 

Workplace Wellness Tax Credit Fails to Gain Senate’s Support

clip_image010Mississippi’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit is now dead. In spite of passing the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority, HB1616 failed to get the support of Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, spelling its demise in the Senate.

MASI appreciates the support of Mississippi’s leadership: Governor Phil Bryant, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, and Speaker Philip Gunn. We also appreciate the support of House Ways and Means Chairman, Jeff Smith of Columbus, whose tireless support for this progressive initiative has meant so much. Many of our members made appeals to the Senate and to the Lt. Governor to pass this bill, and for this we are grateful. Perhaps in the future, our work will finally bear results.

The Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers, MASI, is committed to representing the interests of the self-insured workers’ comp and health community by promoting knowledge and providing advocacy in legislative and regulatory arenas. We are pleased to report on this year’s legislative session. If you have specific questions, please contact us!

For information on specific bills, or to view the Legislative Webpage, click here.

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

Wellness Tax Credit Passes House!

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2017 Legislative Update

February 28, 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – SUPPORT NEEDED IN THE SENATE…

PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR CONTACTS… SUPPORT WORKPLACE WELLNESS!!

Workplace Wellness Tax Credit Passes House of Representatives!

clip_image006Mississippi’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit may be on its way to becoming law! It has cleared a major hurdle: the Mississippi House of Representatives passed it by an overwhelming majority. Authored by House Ways and Means Chairman, Jeff Smith of Columbus, HB1616 would allow $1 million in tax credits for employers who provide wellness programs for their employees. The tax credit would be capped at half of the cost of the wellness plan, up to a maximum of $20,000 per employer, and would be available on a first come, first serve basis.

MASI applauds Chairman Smith for his leadership and support of this important issue. His enthusiasm for this bill has never wavered, and we appreciate his leadership.

Support Now Needed in the Senate!

clip_image008HB1616 now heads to the Senate – and it is in the Senate where we need your help. For the past several years, the Senate has failed to pass the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit.

Last week, they allowed our Senate Bill to die on the calendar. Without the Senate’s support, this bill will never become law.

We encourage our members to contact Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and urge him to support HB1616! To reach Lt. Governor Reeves, call 601-359-3200 or email him, ltgov@senate.ms.gov.

MASI Thanks Speaker Gunn

clip_image010MASI wishes to thank House Speaker Philip Gunn whose support has been invaluable. Many will recall that Speaker Gunn was the first state official to endorse our Wellness Tax Credit, three years ago in 2014.

Pictured with Speaker Gunn are Donnie Smith, VP of HR, Rush Health Systems, Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director, and Dr. Zilin Wang, Cardiologist, Heart Plus Medical Clinic.

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

clip_image012If 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!

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING…

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

clip_image014The 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!

To read talking points on MASI’s Wellness Tax Credit bill, CLICK HERE. To read HB1616, CLICK HERE.

To send an email expressing YOUR SUPPORT for MASI’s Wellness Tax Credit, CLICK HERE.

As The Voice of One for self-insured healthcare and workers’ comp in Mississippi, 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

Deadlines Approaching

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Legislative Session Fully In Gear – Major Deadline One Week Away

clip_image002The 2017 Session of the Mississippi Legislature is fully in gear – and important deadlines are approaching. With deadlines for the introduction of general legislation now past, all eyes are on next Tuesday, January 31 – the deadline for reporting general bills out of committee. 

The list of legislation has grown rapidly since our last legislative report. Please scroll down for a current list of pending legislation.

Chairman Jeff Smith Will Again Introduce MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit

At left, MASI Executive Director Dan Gibson meets with House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Smith, champion of MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit for the past three years. Chairman Smith has offered to again introduce the House version of the bill, which will provide $1 million in tax credits to encourage employers to offer wellness programs to their employees.

Last year, Chairman Smith led the House in passing the bill almost unanimously. We are hopeful that the Senate this year will concur in passing the bill. Scroll down for more information on Mississippi’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit!

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

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

clip_image004If 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!

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING…

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

HB 901

Workers’ compensation; require emergency hearing upon request of either party.
01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Watson

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)

SB2599

Workers’ compensation claims; may be made by persons 18 and older.
01/16 (S) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary, Division A

 

Tindell

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

HB 451

Health insurance policies; require certain policies to cover infertility treatment and diagnosis.
01/09 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Kirby

HB 507

Health insurance policies; require certain to cover infertility treatment and certain women’s examinations.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Steverson

SB2024

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

 

Carmichael

HB 522

Health care services policies; prohibit use of discretionary provisions in.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Lamar

HB 538

Prescription drugs; health insurance policies must allow for partial refills for purposes of medication synchronization.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Mims

HB 861

State Employees Health Insurance Plan; establish telehealth services pilot program for urgent care.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Formby

HB 862

The Patient Choice Act of 2017; enact.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Chism

SB2072

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

 

Norwood

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

SB2286

Health insurers; require to release certain claims data upon request of group policyholder.
01/13 (S) Referred To Insurance

 

Watson *

SB2301

Health care insurance; no person, employer or health care provider shall be required to participate in any health care plan.
01/13 (S) Referred To Insurance

 

Watson

SB2655

Health insurance policies; require coverage of infertility treatment and diagnosis.
01/16 (S) Referred To Appropriations;Insurance

 

Parks

SB2768

Health insurance policies; require coverage for colorectal cancer examinations.
01/16 (S) Referred To Insurance;Appropriations

 

Dawkins

SB2895

Health insurance policies; require coverage of infertility treatment and certain women’s examinations.
01/16 (S) Referred To Appropriations;Insurance

 

Parks

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

HB 447

Surplus lines insurance; revise process and requirements before placing coverage with a producer.
01/17 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub

 

Chism

HB 603

Insurance; require certain consumer information and notice and availability of mediation regarding balance billing.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Dortch

HB 650

Insurance fraud; provide civil immunity for certain reporting when done in good faith.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Steverson

HB 706

Insurance companies; revise laws regulating holding companies and credit for reinsurance, require risk and solvency assessments.
01/13 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Chism

HB 957

Insurance adjusters; revise licensing laws regarding.
01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance

 

Chism

SB2064

Insurance agents; exempt age 75 or older from continuing education requirements.
01/18 (S) DR – TSDP: IN To AC

 

Dearing

SB2589
%

Government self-insurance programs; authorize Commissioner of Insurance to conduct examinations of.
01/16 (S) Referred To Insurance;Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

 

Kirby

SB2723

Insurance adjusters license; revise waiver of license requirements and examination exemptions.
01/16 (S) Referred To Insurance

 

Parks

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