MASI Update Friday, March 27, 2020

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Coronavirus Brings Many Changes…

To say that the Coronavirus has brought many changes is truly an understatement. An empty State Capitol, empty office buildings, vacant hotels and stores… the impact on life as we know it truly has been staggering.

Just two weeks ago, MASI was excitedly looking forward to what was about to be our best Spring Conference ever. It has now been postponed. We are holding credits for registrants, exhibitors, and sponsors, and we hope to be able to announce a new date soon.

We were also looking forward to a beautiful April day of golf and another outstanding Spring Educational Conference in Biloxi. These events have now been postponed as well.

One thing that continues, however, is our faith. And we know deep down that this too shall pass – and we look forward to a future “after the virus”.

Meanwhile, our work at MASI continues. Below you will find important updates that we hope will be helpful. And please know we are here if you need us!


MASI PRESIDENT STEVEN D. SMITH NAMED TO TOP CEOs LIST

MASI Board President Steven D. Smith is one of a select few in Mississippi – TOP CEO 2020. Here he accepts the award from Tami Jones, Associate Publisher for the Miss. Business Journal at a special event held recently to recognize top business executives in Mississippi.

Steven, President and CEO of the Mississippi Municipal Service Company, is a native Mississippian with over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, 13 of which have been with the Service Company. Prior to his tenure at the Service Company, Mr. Smith worked for many years for Sedgwick Claims Management Services, beginning his insurance career there in 1994. In 2002 he was promoted to Operations Manager with Sedgwick CMS in Jackson, Mississippi, and continued in that position from 2002 to 2006 in Dallas, Texas, where he provided risk management and claims solutions to numerous Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States.  Mr. Smith returned home to work at the Service Company in 2006, and was named President in January, 2015.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arkansas State University. Steve and his wife, Amy, live in Vicksburg, MS with their sons, Will, John Tyler and Miller.

MASI congratulates our President on this achievement!


MWCC RELEASES BULLETIN ON TELEMEDICINE

This week, the MS Workers’ Compensation Commission released a bulletin temporarily expanding the 2019 Medical Fee Schedule rules for telemedicine services.

The bulletin greatly expands the scope of these allowable services, effective until June 30, 2020. The bulletin also temporarily suspends various limitations on telemedicine services.

We applaud our MWCC Commissioners for taking this proactive action to assist the employers and employees of Mississippi.

To read the MWCC Bulletin on Telemedicine During COVID-19 in its entirety, Click Here.


MS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER MIKE CHANEY ISSUES NUMEROUS CONSUMER ALERTS

In a bold proactive move, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has issued numerous consumer alerts in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. These alerts range from tips to avoid scams to important notices regarding cancellations, business interruption coverage, and telemedicine.

CE Licensing & Hours Issues – Comm. Chaney requests that individuals or producers facing challenges in getting CEU credits for licence renewal email the MS Insurance Department, Vanessa.Miller@mid.ms.gov.

To read Comm. Chaney’s Consumer Alerts Regarding COVID-19 in their entirety, Click Here.


MASI MEMBERSHIP DRIVE & RENEWALS WILL CONTINUE…

In spite of our present challenges, MASI Membership is continuing to grow! And we are continuing with our 2020 Membership Drive and printing of our 2020 Membership Directory. Please stay tuned for updates that will be coming soon, along with New Member Welcomes! Click Here and Join Today to be included in the 2020 Membership Directory when it is printed.



UPDATES ON MASI LEGISLATION

Even though the State Capitol is empty at the moment, we have news on several bills. Scroll down for updates on important legislation we have been following. Please note that many bills that were of concern to our members have been killed…. another successful year of MASI advocacy! And three bills we are promoting are still alive: Mississippi’s Injured Workers Privacy Act, A Bill to Outlaw the Sale of Synthetic Urine, and the Workplace Tax Credit.

MISSISSIPPI INJURED WORKERS PRIVACY ACT

Two bills designed to protect the information of injured workers have passed the House and are now pending in the Senate. These are HB 461 and HB 750.

Pictured are negotiators who met with Senate Insurance Chairman Walter Michel and key members of Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann’s staff recently to encourage Senate action on these bills. This marks a historic moment – Defense Attorneys and Plaintiff Attorneys working together to enact safeguards that are good for everyone. (L – R, Dan Gibson, MASI; John Ball, Atty; Roger Riddick, Atty; Chairman Michel; Michael Darby, Atty; Sharkey Burke, Atty).

Imagine being able to walk into the ER at the hospital and requesting the contact information of everyone who has been admitted that day. That is exactly what is taking place at the MS Workers’ Comp Commission on a daily basis – all due to a loophole in Mississippi’s Public Records Act.

MASI is working to get these bills passed this year to enact protections on the personal information of injured workers. It’s past-time to protect their privacy!


BILL TO OUTLAW SYNTHETIC HUMAN URINE

We are pleased to report that HB 97, authored by Rep. Nick Bain and championed by Rep. Jill Ford, has passed the House of Representatives by an almost unanimous vote. It now awaits action in the Senate.

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.


WORKPLACE WELLNESS TAX CREDIT

MASI is continuing to work to pass the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit, to allow $1 million in tax credits for employers who provide wellness programs for their employees.

SB 2289, authored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, has been introduced in the Senate. It is now pending in the Senate Finance Committee.

Pictured are Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Josh Harkins, surrounded by members of MASI and MAHU who were at the Capitol recently lobbying for passage of this important bill.

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.

SCROLL DOWN FOR INFORMATION ON MASI’S LEGISLATIVE WATCHLIST…


MASI WATCHLIST – BILLS STILL ALIVE AND DEAD…

WORKERS’ COMP BILLS

HB 461

*Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions of.

03/02 (H) Transmitted To SenateChism

HB 750

*Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983; exempt certain records of Workers’ Compensation Commission from definition of public records.

03/02 (H) Transmitted To SenateLamar

HB 468

*Mississippi Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act; revise.

03/09 (S) Referred To InsuranceFord (54th)

HB 306

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

       DEAD

HB 198

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

      DEAD

HB 313

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

       DEAD

HB 314

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

       DEAD

HB1011

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

       DEAD

SB2205

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

       DEAD

SB2198

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions of.

       DEAD

SB2199

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

       DEAD

SB2201

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

       DEAD

HEALTH BILLS

HB 408

Credit for reinsurance; provide requirements for.

02/18 (S) Referred To InsuranceChism

HB 837

*Health insurance policies; require certain to provide infertility coverage and establish pilot program in State Health Plan.

03/17 (H) Transmitted To SenateMcGee

HB 686

*Patient’s Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act & prohibitions against deceptive advertising by providers; extend repealers on.

03/06 (H) Transmitted To SenateTurner

HB 688

*%MS Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on.

03/06 (H) Transmitted To SenateTurner

HB 708

*Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of.

03/06 (H) Transmitted To SenateMims

HB 102

Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments.

       DEAD

HB 315

Patient Choice Act of 2020; create.

       DEAD

HB 374

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

       DEAD

HB 384

State Health Insurance Plan; provide coverage for proton therapy to treat cancer and certain noncancerous tumors.

       DEAD

HB 424

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

       DEAD

HB 471

Pharmacies; reduce time period covered by audit of claims submitted to pharmacy benefit managers.

       DEAD

HB 474

Health insurance carriers; require to cap patient cost for prescriptions for insulin drugs.

       DEAD

HB 825

Health insurance; require certain policies to provide coverage for physician-prescribed proton beam therapy.

       DEAD

HB1059

Direct Primary Care Act; revise to Direct Health Care Act to apply to all health care providers.

       DEAD

HB1070

State option for healthcare coverage; direct Department of Health and Insurance Department to study and present proposal to Legislature.

       DEAD

HB 79

Oxycontin pills; limit RX to 75 pills per RX unless patient is hospitalized or in nursing home.

       DEAD

HB 80

Hospitals; require to examine persons at ER with sickle cell disease symptoms within four hours after admission.

       DEAD

HB 132

Health; State Health Officer shall develop program to close the gap in health status of gender and racial groups.

       DEAD

HB 197

Chronic Diseases; direct Health Department to establish WISEWOMAN and WISEMAN programs to reduce incidence of.

       DEAD

HB 209

Medical marijuana; authorize Alcorn State University to enter into MOU for local farmers to grow for out-of-state vendors.

       DEAD

HB 279

Prohibition on Price Gouging for Essential Drugs Act; create.

       DEAD

HB 532

Prescription drugs; require Attorney General to compile certain lists of those essential for treating diabetes and costs of.

       DEAD

HB 568

Physical therapists; not required to have prior work experience to work at PPEC center.

       DEAD

HB 606

Mississippi Access to Health Care Act; create.

       DEAD

HB 619

Physical therapy practice laws; revise various provisions of.

       DEAD

HB 634

Families First Unpaid Leave Time Act; enact to require employers to provide unpaid leave to employees for certain situations.

       DEAD

HB 829

Prescription drugs; direct Health Department to establish a wholesale importation program for.

       DEAD

HB 832

Pseudoephedrine; require pharmacies to keep records of over the counter sales of.

       DEAD

HB1059

Direct Primary Care Act; revise to Direct Health Care Act to apply to all health care providers.

       DEAD

SB2172

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

       DEAD

SB2228

Health insurance policies; prohibit step therapy requirements for certain prescription drugs to treat stage-four cancer.

       DEAD

SB2268

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

       DEAD

SB2302

Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act; provide payments for benefits and insurance premiums.

       DEAD

SB2126

Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act; create.

       DEAD

SB2222

Vaccinations; disclose information statements upon request and create medical exemption.

       DEAD

SB2308

Patient’s Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act; extend repealers relating to.

       DEAD

SB2310

Mississippi Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on.

       DEAD

SB2402

Pharmacists; revise regulation of pharmacy benefit managers.

       DEAD

SB2492

Physical therapy practice laws; revise various provisions of.

       DEAD

SB2497

Marijuana; legalize.

       DEAD

SB2498

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

       DEAD

GENERAL AND OTHER INSURANCE BILLS

HB 97

Sell of urine; prohibit and prescribe criminal penalties for violation of.

01/24 (H) Referred To Judiciary Bain

SB2289

Income tax; authorize a credit for employers who pay the cost of a qualified wellness program.

02/07 (S) Referred To Finance;Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Fillingane

HB 728

Liability insurance policies; must include provision that insolvency or bankruptcy of insured does not release insurer from payment of damages during policy.

       DEAD

SB2192

Urine; create the crime of selling or tampering with urine.

       DEAD

Bills are still being being written and introduced by legislators. Watch this section in future updates for links to important legislation.



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.

We hope you have found this information to be helpful – and we encourage everyone to stay healthy and safe!

As always, thank you for your support of MASI. May God Bless You,



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 Update – Monday, February 17, 2020

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2020 Legislative Session Now In Full Swing…. Many Bills Introduced

The 2020 Legislative Session is now in full swing! Many bills have been introduced and are being deliberated and discussed. A few have already passed and many more are on the calendar for action soon.

This year, being the first year of a new term, the session will last one month longer than usual, concluding May 10 as opposed to early April. This allows more time for new committee assignments to be made and new legislators to become oriented.

With later legislative deadlines, more time can be given to the process of introducing legislation. The first deadline for passage of general bills out of committee in each chamber is March 3. Revenue bills have a later deadline: March 25.

As we do every year, MASI is busy tracking bills for our members. A list of these bills can be found at the bottom of this report.

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


MASI Hosts Legislative Day at the Capitol

Partnering with the MS Association of Health Underwriters, MASI Executive Director Dan Gibson hosted a Legislative Day at the State Capitol on February 5. The event was well-attended and meetings took place with key legislative leaders. Pictured is the group with Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann as MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit is being discussed.

 


In the Senate Chamber with Senator Walter Michel, Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee

The group met with Senator Josh Harkins, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Pictured with long-time friend of MASI, Senator Dean Kirby, President-Pro-Tem of the Senate.

Meeting with Rep. Gary Chism, Chairman of the House Insurance Committee.

Dan Gibson introduces his long-time friend Walter Michel, the new chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, to the MASI/MAHU Group.

Enjoying a visit with Sen. David Blount in the Senate Chamber.

 


MISSISSIPPI INJURED WORKERS PRIVACY ACT

Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate both to limit the practice of allowing the invasion of an injured worker’s privacy. These are HB 461 and SB 2198.

Imagine being able to walk into the ER at the hospital and requesting the contact information of everyone who has been admitted that day. That is exactly what is taking place at the MS Workers Comp Commission on a daily basis – all due to a loophole in Mississippi’s Public Records Act.

MASI will be working to get these bills passed this year to enact protections on the personal information of injured workers. It’s past-time to protect their privacy!


BILLS 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.

Several bills are pending in both the House and Senate this year. We expect HB 97, authored by Rep. Nick Bain, to pass committee soon, and several companion bills are expected to also pass the Senate. SB 2192, authored by Sen. Tyler McCaughn, is one bill now under consideration. It is being called the “Jessica Marie Lofton Act”, named after a young woman who sadly lost her life due to drug overdose masked by the use of synthetic urine.


RETURN TO SPECIAL FUND BILL

MASI will be helping to pass a bill that will restore fiscal control to the MWCC and shield the Administrative Expense Fund from being diverted to fund other agencies.

HB 306, authored by Rep. Gary Chism, will do just this and we are hoping it will be passed by the House Appropriations Committee soon. A companion bill, SB 2205, authored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, has been introduced in the Senate as well.

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.

 

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.

SB 2289, authored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, has been introduced in the Senate and a companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House soon.

Pictured are Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director and Murray Harber, MS Bus. Group on Health Executive Director, with Hon. Trey Lamar, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Hon. Jody Steverson, Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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.


KEY MISSISSIPPI STATE LEADERS…. CLICK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Gov.

Tate

Reeves

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann

Speaker

Philip

Gunn

Ins.Comm. Mike

Chaney

MWCC Chair, Mark

Formby

 


Speaker Philip Gunn Appoints New Leadership Team in the House

The Speaker of the House, Philip Gunn, has appointed his leadership team for the new term. We look forward to these outstanding public servants.







Hon. Jason White

SPEAKER PRO-TEM

Hon. Gary Chism

INSURANCE

Hon. Sam Mims

PUBLIC HEALTH

Hon. John Read

APPROPRIATIONS

Hon. Angela Cockerham

JUD A

Hon. Trey Lamar

WAYS & MEANS

Hon. Donnie Bell

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Hon. Nick Bain

JUD B

 


SENATE LEADERSHIP

Sen. Dean Kirby

Sen. Dean

Kirby

PRES PRO TEM

Sen. Walter Michel

Sen. Walter

Michel

INSURANCE

Sen. Hob Bryan

Sen. Hob

Bryan

PUBLIC HEALTH

Sen. Josh Harkins

Sen. Josh

Harkins

FINANCE

Sen. Briggs Hopson

Sen. Briggs

Hopson

APPROPRIATIONS

Sen. Sally Doty

Sen. Sally

Doty

JUD A

Sen. John Horhn

Sen. John

Horhn

LABOR

Sen. Brice Wiggins

Sen. Brice

Wiggins

JUD B

 


WORKERS’ COMP BILLS

HB 306

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

01/28 (H) Referred To AppropriationsChism

HB 198

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

01/27 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary AHines

HB 313

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

01/28 (H) Referred To InsuranceChism

HB 314

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

01/28 (H) Referred To InsuranceChism

HB 461

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions of.

02/03 (H) Referred To InsuranceChism

HB1011

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

02/14 (H) Referred To InsuranceWatson

SB2205

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

01/29 (S) Referred To AppropriationsFillingane

SB2198

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions of.

01/29 (S) Referred To InsuranceFillingane

SB2199

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

01/29 (S) Referred To InsuranceFillingane

SB2201

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

01/29 (S) Referred To InsuranceFillingane

HEALTH BILLS

HB 102

Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments.

01/24 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human ServicesClark

HB 315

Patient Choice Act of 2020; create.

01/28 (H) Referred To InsuranceChism

HB 374

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

01/31 (H) Referred To InsuranceDortch

HB 384

State Health Insurance Plan; provide coverage for proton therapy to treat cancer and certain noncancerous tumors.

01/31 (H) Referred To InsuranceBanks

HB 408

Credit for reinsurance; provide requirements for.

02/13 (H) Transmitted To SenateChism

HB 424

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

02/03 (H) Referred To InsuranceMassengill

HB 468

Mississippi Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act; revise.

02/11 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm SubFord (54th)

HB 471

Pharmacies; reduce time period covered by audit of claims submitted to pharmacy benefit managers.

02/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human ServicesArnold

HB 474

Health insurance carriers; require to cap patient cost for prescriptions for insulin drugs.

02/03 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human ServicesArnold

HB 825

Health insurance; require certain policies to provide coverage for physician-prescribed proton beam therapy.

02/13 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human ServicesFord (73rd)

HB 837

Health insurance policies; require certain to provide infertility coverage and establish pilot program in State Health Plan.

02/13 (H) Referred To InsuranceMcGee

HB1059

Direct Primary Care Act; revise to Direct Health Care Act to apply to all health care providers.

02/14 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human ServicesEubanks

HB1070

State option for healthcare coverage; direct Department of Health and Insurance Department to study and present proposal to Legislature.

02/14 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human Services;Insurance

HB 79

Oxycontin pills; limit RX to 75 pills per RX unless patient is hospitalized or in nursing home.

01/24 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human Services;Drug PolicyBanks

HB 80

Hospitals; require to examine persons at ER with sickle cell disease symptoms within four hours after admission.

01/24 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesBanks

HB 132

Health; State Health Officer shall develop program to close the gap in health status of gender and racial groups.

01/24 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesHines

HB 197

Chronic Diseases; direct Health Department to establish WISEWOMAN and WISEMAN programs to reduce incidence of.

01/27 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human Services;AppropriationsHines

HB 209

Medical marijuana; authorize Alcorn State University to enter into MOU for local farmers to grow for out-of-state vendors.

01/27 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesHines

HB 279

Prohibition on Price Gouging for Essential Drugs Act; create.

01/27 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human Services;Judiciary ABell (65th)

HB 532

Prescription drugs; require Attorney General to compile certain lists of those essential for treating diabetes and costs of.

02/05 (H) Referred To Drug Policy;Public Health and Human ServicesDortchHB 568

Physical therapists; not required to have prior work experience to work at PPEC center.

02/05 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesRoberson

HB 606

Mississippi Access to Health Care Act; create.

02/06 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesCriswell

HB 619

Physical therapy practice laws; revise various provisions of.

02/06 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human Services;Ways and MeansCurrie

HB 634

Families First Unpaid Leave Time Act; enact to require employers to provide unpaid leave to employees for certain situations.

02/06 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesSummers

HB 686

Patient’s Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act & prohibitions against deceptive advertising by providers; extend repealers on.

02/06 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesTurner

HB 688

MS Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on.

02/06 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesTurner

HB 708

Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of.

02/10 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesMims

HB 829

Prescription drugs; direct Health Department to establish a wholesale importation program for.

02/13 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesCurrie

HB 832

Pseudoephedrine; require pharmacies to keep records of over the counter sales of.

02/13 (H) Referred To Public Health and Human ServicesRead

HB1059

Direct Primary Care Act; revise to Direct Health Care Act to apply to all health care providers.

02/14 (H) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and Human ServicesEubanks

SB2172

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

01/27 (S) Referred To Insurance;Public Health and WelfareHill

SB2228

Health insurance policies; prohibit step therapy requirements for certain prescription drugs to treat stage-four cancer.

01/31 (S) Referred To InsuranceWiggins

SB2268

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

01/31 (S) Referred To InsuranceChism

SB2302

Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act; provide payments for benefits and insurance premiums.

02/12 (S) DR – TSDPCS: IN To ACMichel

SB2126

Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act; create.

01/23 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division ATurner-Ford

SB2222

Vaccinations; disclose information statements upon request and create medical exemption.

01/31 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division AHill

SB2308

Patient’s Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act; extend repealers relating to.

02/07 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare

SB2310

Mississippi Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on.

02/07 (S) Referred To Public Health and WelfareBryan

SB2402

Pharmacists; revise regulation of pharmacy benefit managers.

02/13 (S) Referred To Public Health and WelfareParks

SB2492

Physical therapy practice laws; revise various provisions of.

02/14 (S) Referred To Public Health and WelfareBlackwell

SB2497

Marijuana; legalize.

02/14 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division BSimmons (12th)

SB2498

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

02/14 (S) Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Judiciary, Division BSimmons (12th)

GENERAL AND OTHER INSURANCE BILLS

HB 728

Liability insurance policies; must include provision that insolvency or bankruptcy of insured does not release insurer from payment of damages during policy.

02/10 (H) Referred To Insurance;Judiciary AHarness

HB 97

Sell of urine; prohibit and prescribe criminal penalties for violation of.

01/24 (H) Referred To Judiciary BBain

SB2289

Income tax; authorize a credit for employers who pay the cost of a qualified wellness program.

02/07 (S) Referred To Finance;Accountability, Efficiency, TransparencyFillingane

SB2192

Urine; create the crime of selling or tampering with urine.

01/29 (S) Referred To Judiciary, Division BMcCaughn

Bills are still being being written and introduced by legislators. Watch this section in future updates for links to important legislation.


 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

Legislative Update–Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Governor Inaugurated

The 2020 Legislative Session has begun! Last week marked the inauguration of Mississippi’s 65th Governor, the Hon. Tate Reeves. Also taking the helm at the State Capitol was our new Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and a host of newly-elected state officials, senators and representatives.

The 2020 Session of the Mississippi Legislature is now off and running! This year, being the first year of a new term, the session will last one month longer than usual, concluding May 10 as opposed to early April. This allows more time for new committee assignments to be made and new legislators to become oriented.

With later legislative deadlines, more time can be given to the process of introducing legislation. In fact, the first deadline for introduction of general bills is not until February 24.

As we do every year, MASI will be sending out legislative updates during the session to keep our members informed. These updates will include lists of pending legislation, and you will be able to view a list of introduced bills by scrolling down.

MASI is already at work on several bills. Top on our list this year will be a “Mississippi Injured Worker’s Privacy Act” to enact safeguards to protect the personal information of individuals who have been hurt at work. MASI will also be working to pass two items we have pursued in the past… The Workplace Tax Credit, a bill 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.

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

 


 

MISSISSIPPI INJURED WORKERS PRIVACY ACT

Imagine being able to walk into the ER at the hospital and requesting the contact information of everyone who has been admitted that day. That is exactly what is taking place at the MS Workers Comp Commission on a daily basis – all due to a loophole in Mississippi’s Public Records Act.

MASI will be introducing a bill this year to enact protections on the personal information of injured workers. It’s past-time to protect their privacy!

 

 


 

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.

 


 

RETURN TO SPECIAL FUND BILL

MASI will be helping to pass a bill that 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.

 


 

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.

 


MASI WILL HOST MAHU LEGISLATIVE DAY FEBRUARY 5

MASI is excited to be partnering with the MS Association of Health Underwriters on Wednesday, February 5, for the 2020 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.

Tate

Reeves

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann
Speaker

Philip

Gunn

Ins.Comm. Mike

Chaney

MWCC Chair, Mark

Formby

 


Lt. Governor Takes Oath

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann Appoints New Senate Leadership Team

Mississippi’s new Lt. Governor has already appointed his entire slate of new leaders in the Mississippi Senate. MASI is happy to welcome these long-time friends to positions of influence. Speaker Philip Gunn is also appointing new leadership in the House – we are anticipating his announcement soon.

 

Sen. Dean Kirby

Sen. Dean

Kirby

PRES PRO TEM

Sen. Walter Michel
Sen. Walter

Michel

INSURANCE

Sen. Hob Bryan

Sen. Hob

Bryan

PUBLIC HEALTH

Sen. Josh Harkins

Sen. Josh

Harkins

FINANCE

Sen. Briggs Hopson
Sen. Briggs

Hopson

APPROPRIATIONS

Sen. Sally Doty

Sen. Sally

Doty

JUD A

Sen. John Horhn

Sen. John

Horhn

LABOR

Sen. Brice Wiggins

Sen. Brice

Wiggins

JUD B

 


WORKERS’ COMP BILLS, HEALTH BILLS & GENERAL INSURANCE BILLS

Bills are currently being written and introduced by legislators. Watch this section in future updates for links to important legislation.


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

MASI LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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Another Deadline Now Behind Us – The List Shortens More..

 

Yesterday was not only Valentines Day – it was the first deadline for each chamber of the Mississippi Legislature to pass general bills. As a result, the list of active bills shortens yet again.

For information on the bills that are still alive, and some of the ones that died, scroll down…

Now begins another legislative cycle… Bills that have passed each chamber will now be referred to the other chamber. There they must clear committee all over again before they can be brought up in either the House or Senate. Bills that clear both houses will then be sent to the Governor for him to either sign or veto.

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

 

 

 

 


 

BILL TO OUTLAW SYNTHETIC HUMAN URINE PASSES THE HOUSE!

HB1320, authored by Rep. Nick Baine, has passed the House of Representatives! It now heads to the Senate!

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 imposes penalties that will hopefully curb this practice significantly.

We appreciate Rep. Nick Baine and also Jud B Chairperson Angela Cockerham for their support!

For more information on HB1320, Click Here.

 

 


 

MASI/MAHU LEGISLATIVE DAY A GREAT SUCCESS!

MASI, along with members of the MS Association of Health Underwriters, called on Legislators last Wednesday. It was a great day – filled with great opportunities to talk to our leaders about important legislation that affects us!

See images below…

 


With Governor Phil Bryant

              

With Senator Dean Kirby, Chairman, Senate Public Health Committee

              

              

With Senator Videt Carmichael, Chairman, Senate Insurance Committee

With Senator Briggs Hopson, Chairman, Senate Judiciary A Committee

With Senators Bob Dearing, Senate Insurance Committee, and Joey Fillingane, Chairman, Senate Finance Committee

                                

With Representative Gary Chism, Chairman, House Insurance Committee and Representative Sam Mims, Chairman, House Health Committee

With Representative Angela Cockerham, Chairwoman, House Judiciary B Committee

With Representative Scott Delano, House Insurance Committee

With Representative Nick Baine, Author, HB 1320 to Make the Sale of Synthetic Human Urine Illegal

With Representative Mark Baker, Chairman, House Judiciary A Committee


 

Return to Special Fund Bills Die

HB731 and SB2307, which would have restored fiscal control to the MWCC, have both died, failing to clear committee. These bills would have shielded the Administrative Expense Fund from being diverted to fund other agencies.

MASI supported this action because it is the right thing to do, and it would have allowed 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.

We intend to pursue passage of these bills again next year.

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 that would have made positive changes to Mississippi’s Workers’ Compensation laws died on the calendar this week. Among these was a bill that would have protected the privacy of injured workers and helped stop harassment by telephone and mail solicitations. It would also have created protections for funds set-aside for the future medical needs of injured workers. We will pursue passage of these measures again next year.

The good news is that most dangerous bills also died, including attempts to increase benefit periods and open loopholes that would have cost employers and employees alike.

One bill that is still alive, however, SB2835, could have negative consequences for Workers’ Comp plans for cities and counties across Mississippi. This bill, being called the “Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act”, has passed the Senate and could financially impact the cost of providing Workers’ Compensation benefits by requiring that some illnesses be covered.

For more information on SB2835, Click Here.


 

WORKERS’ COMP BILLS

SB2835

*Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act; create.

02/11 (S) Transmitted To House Carter

SN 3

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

01/24 (S) Referred To Insurance

 


 

HEALTH BILLS

Many health-related bills also died on the calendar, but a few remain. These are detailed below.

Two that are of particular interest could affect the way dental claims and medical claims are handled by the carrier. SB2772 and HB752 would make it harder for dental procedures to be denied once proven to be medically-necessary. HB628 would provide penalties for health claims that are paid late. In addition, SB2365 would make clarifications on the definitions related to compound pharmacy.

For more information on SB2772, Click Here.

For more information on HB752, Click Here.

For more information on HB628, Click Here.

For more information on SB2365, Click Here.

Other health-related bills, along with links, are included below.

 


 

HEALTH BILLS

SB2772

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

02/11 (S) Transmitted To House Carmichael

SB2116

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

02/14 (S) Transmitted To House Hill

SB2365

Pharmacy Practice Act; define biological/interchangeable product.

02/13 (S) Transmitted To House Kirby

SB2427

Mississippi Health Information Network (MS-HIN); extend repealer.

02/05 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Blount

HB 273

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

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Bain

HB 628

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

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Chism

HB 752

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

01/31 (H) Motion to Reconsider Entered (Brown, Chism) Steverson

HB 334

Mental health courts; authorize to be established throughout the state.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Currie

HB 584

MS Qualified Health Center Grant Program; extend authority to make grants under.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Mims

HB 732

Abortion; prohibit when heart beat is detected.

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Brown

HB1226

Pharmacy Board; authorize to conduct criminal background checks on wholesale distributors.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Mettetal

HB1460

Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in person visit.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Currie

 


 

MISC. INSURANCE BILLS

SB2831

Insurance Data Security Law; create.

01/31 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Carmichael

SB2864

Mississippi Insurance Guaranty Association Law; revise the definition of “covered claim”.

02/07 (S) Transmitted To House Carmichael

HB 322

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

01/30 (H) Transmitted To Senate Chism

HB 323

Insurance companies; require to establish an internal audit function.

01/30 (H) Transmitted To Senate Chism

HB 324

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

01/30 (H) Transmitted To Senate Chism

HB 444

%Windstorm Underwriting Association; authorize to levy recoupable and nonrecoupable assessments.

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Chism

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

 


 

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


 


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

MASI LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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First Major Deadline Shortens Bill List!

The 2019 Session of the Mississippi Legislature is now in full stride! Tuesday marked a major deadline, and many bills died on the calendar because they failed to clear committees in the House and Senate.

For information on the bills that are still alive, and some of the ones that died, scroll down…

Now begins another legislative cycle… Bills that remain alive must pass each chamber by next Thursday, February 14. At that point, the bills that pass the House and Senate will then be referred to the other chamber where the process will begin again.

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 PASSES THE HOUSE JUD B COMMITTEE!

HB1320, authored by Rep. Nick Baine, passed the Judiciary B Committee this week, and now heads to the House where it is expected to pass.

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 imposes penalties that will hopefully curb this practice significantly.

We appreciate Rep. Nick Baine and also Jud B Chairperson Angela Cockerham for their support!

For more information on HB1320, Click Here.

 

 

 


 

Return to Special Fund Bills Die

HB731 and SB2307, which would have restored fiscal control to the MWCC, have both died, failing to clear committee. These bills would have shielded the Administrative Expense Fund from being diverted to fund other agencies.

MASI supported this action because it is the right thing to do, and it would have allowed 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.

We intend to pursue passage of these bills again next year.

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 that would have made positive changes to Mississippi’s Workers’ Compensation laws died on the calendar this week. Among these was a bill that would have protected the privacy of injured workers and helped stop harassment by telephone and mail solicitations. It would also have created protections for funds set-aside for the future medical needs of injured workers. We will pursue passage of these measures again next year.

The good news is that most dangerous bills also died, including attempts to increase benefit periods and open loopholes that would have cost employers and employees alike.

One bill that is still alive, however, SB2835, could have negative consequences for Workers’ Comp plans for cities and counties across Mississippi. This bill, being called the “Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act”, has passed the Senate and could financially impact the cost of providing Workers’ Compensation benefits by requiring that some illnesses be covered.

For more information on SB2835, Click Here.


WORKERS’ COMP BILLS

SB2835

Mississippi First Responders Health and Safety Act; create.

02/05 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Carter

SN 3

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

01/24 (S) Referred To Insurance

 


HEALTH BILLS

Many health-related bills also died on the calendar, but a few remain. These are detailed below.

Two that are of particular interest could affect the way dental claims and medical claims are handled by the carrier. SB2772 and HB752 would make it harder for dental procedures to be denied once proven to be medically-necessary. HB628 would provide penalties for health claims that are paid late. In addition, SB2365 would make clarifications on the definitions related to compound pharmacy.

For more information on SB2772, Click Here.

For more information on HB752, Click Here.

For more information on HB628, Click Here.

For more information on SB2365, Click Here.

Other health-related bills, along with links, are included below.


HEALTH BILLS

SB2772

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

01/31 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Carmichael

SB2116

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

02/05 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Hill

SB2365

Pharmacy Practice Act; define biological/interchangeable product.

01/29 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Kirby

SB2427

Mississippi Health Information Network (MS-HIN); extend repealer.

02/05 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Blount

 

HB 273

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

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Bain

HB 628

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

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Chism

HB 752

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

01/31 (H) Motion to Reconsider Entered (Brown, Chism) Steverson

HB 334

Mental health courts; authorize to be established throughout the state.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Currie

HB 584

MS Qualified Health Center Grant Program; extend authority to make grants under.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Mims

HB 732

Abortion; prohibit when heart beat is detected.

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Brown

HB1226

Pharmacy Board; authorize to conduct criminal background checks on wholesale distributors.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Mettetal

HB1460

Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in person visit.

01/31 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Currie

 


MISC. INSURANCE BILLS

SB2831

Insurance Data Security Law; create.

01/31 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Carmichael

SB2864

Mississippi Insurance Guaranty Association Law; revise the definition of “covered claim”.

02/04 (S) Title Suff Do Pass Carmichael

HB 322

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

01/30 (H) Transmitted To Senate Chism

HB 323

Insurance companies; require to establish an internal audit function.

01/30 (H) Transmitted To Senate Chism

HB 324

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

01/30 (H) Transmitted To Senate Chism

HB 444

%Windstorm Underwriting Association; authorize to levy recoupable and nonrecoupable assessments.

02/05 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Comm Sub Chism

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

 


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


 


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

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)

SN 3

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

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