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

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

01/24 (S) Referred To Insurance

 


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)

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

01/24 (S) Referred To Insurance GOVERNOR

HB 731

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Appropriations Brown

HB 545

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

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

HB1070

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

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

HB 770

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Currie

HB 720

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 649

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

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 629

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

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 631

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

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 405

Workers’ Compensation Law; revise various provisions regarding.

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

HB 246

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

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



HEALTH BILLS

SB2523

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

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

SB2081

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

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

SB2083

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

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

SB2127

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

01/11 (S) Referred To Insurance Watson

SB2690

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

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

SB2008

Podiatric medicine; revise definition of to include ankle care.

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

SB2032

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

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

SB2558

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

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance Norwood

SB2562

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

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

SB2678

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

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

SB2689

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

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

SB2037

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

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

SB2040

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

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

SB2057

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

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

SB2060

%Naturopathic medicine; provide for the licensing of practitioners.

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

SB2061

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

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

SB2074

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

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

SB2113

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

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

SB2116

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

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

SB2170

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

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

SB2171

“Mississippi Unborn Infants Dignity Act”; enact.

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

SB2336

Health insurance policies; require coverage for colorectal cancer examinations.

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

SB2349

Marijuana; legalize.

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

SB2358

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

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

SB2365

Pharmacy Practice Act; define biological/interchangeable product.

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

SB2391

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

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

SB2557

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

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

SB2643

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

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

SB2689

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

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

SB2690

Health insurance and telemedicine services; impose certain statutory conditions.

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

HB 17

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

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

HB 128

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

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

HB 148

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

01/11 (H) Referred To Insurance Massengill

HB 273

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

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance Bain

HB 278

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

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

HB 280

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

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 317

Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments.

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

HB 519

Patient Choice Act of 2019; create.

01/15 (H) Referred To Insurance Foster

HB 531

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

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

HB 542

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

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

HB 628

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

01/16 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 737

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Powell

HB 738

Telemedicine; revise insurance laws regarding.

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Powell

HB 752

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Steverson

HB1109

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

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Currie

HB1215

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

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


MISC. INSURANCE BILLS

SB2090

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

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

Transparency Dearing

SB2551

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

01/21 (S) Referred To Insurance Dawkins

HB1143

Commercial Lines Modernization Act; enact.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 911

Insurance Data Security Law; establish.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Chism

HB 805

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

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance White

HB 848

Motor vehicle liability insurance; increase minimum coverage required.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Horan

HB 785

Motor vehicle dealers; revise blanket liability insurance requirements for.

01/21 (H) Referred To Insurance Wilkes

HB 717

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 718

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 719

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

01/17 (H) Referred To Insurance Watson

HB 435

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

01/14 (H) Referred To Insurance Currie

HB 322

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

01/22 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Chism

HB 323

Insurance companies; require to establish an internal audit function.

01/22 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Chism

HB 324

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

01/22 (H) Title Suff Do Pass Chism

HB 35

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

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


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

As always, thank you for your support of MASI!



Dan

Dan M. Gibson, Executive Director

Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers

825 N. President Street

Jackson, Mississippi 39202

601-354-0199

www.masiweb.org

Spring Session in Final Month… Bill List Shortens Dramatically

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2018 Legislative Update

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spring Session in Final Month… Bill List Shortens Dramatically

clip_image006Now into its final month, the 2018 Legislative Session is beginning to wind down – and the bill list has shortened dramatically.

The good news: MASI has helped defeat all legislation we considered to be dangerous to our industry, including many bills that would have burdened our employer members. We applaud our Insurance Chairmen in both the House and Senate, Gary Chism and Videt Carmichael, for their unwavering support each year. Legislation is now dead that would have placed unfunded mandates and burdens on our self-insured workers’ comp and health plans, including a mandate for fertility treatment coverage and a bill to remove the limits on workers’ comp benefits.

The bad news: MASI’s bills to help employers, such as the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit and the Urine Trouble Act, are now dead having failed to gain support in the Senate. In spite of the support of many individual senators, and widespread support in the House, Senate leadership did not allow the bills to move forward. Scroll down for more information.

MASI Lobbies to Restore Fiscal Authority to MWCC

clip_image008At left, MASI Executive Director Dan Gibson and MWCC Workers’ Comp Commissioner Beth Aldridge meet with Senate Appropriations Chairman Buck Clarke and Senator Josh Harkins in an effort to restore fiscal authority to the MWCC. HB789, unanimously passed by the House of Representatives but killed by leadership in the Senate, would have restored fiscal control to the MWCC and shielded the Administrative Expense Fund from being diverted to fund other agencies.

For our employer members, this is a big issue – and an expensive one. In 2016, SB2362 consolidated most state agencies, including the MS Workers’ Compensation Commission,  under the State General Fund. This action allowed the state to begin diverting funds from the MWCC Administrative Expense Fund for spending in other areas. This money, collected from self-insured employers, groups and insurance companies for the purpose of running the MWCC, is now no longer protected, and many thousands of dollars have been diverted to other agencies. 

As a result, the MWCC has increased assessments in order to remain solvent, and self-insured employers, groups and insurance companies are now having to pay more in annual assessments than they were paying before SB2362 was passed. In 2016, the assessment went from 1.55% of claims to 1.83% of claims. Last year the assessment was 1.80%. For our self-insured employers and groups, these increases, in excess of 15%, have been significant.

MASI has not given up on the issue however – and we will continue working with legislative leaders to address these funding challenges.

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

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MASI was honored to host the MAHU Legislative Day for the second year in a row recently, facilitating meetings between the MS Association of Health Underwriters and leaders at the Capitol. After a delicious lunch, MASI and MAHU representatives met with Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Senators Dean Kirby, Videt Carmichael, Joey Fillingane, and Bob Dearing, and Representatives Gary Chism and Jeff Smith.

They were also recognized from both the Senate and House Galleries.

MASI’s “Urine Trouble Bill” Flushed by Senate Leadership

clip_image021In spite of enormous national media attention, and almost unanimous passage by the House, HB1080, the Mississippi Urine Trouble Act, is now dead – down the drain – having been flushed by leadership in the Senate.

All puns aside, this bill would have been a major step forward in safeguarding Mississippi’s Drug-Free Workplace. By outlawing the sale of synthetic human urine, it would have given employers peace of mind to know that their employees could no longer buy this product at Mississippi truck stops, tobacco shops, and other outlets, where it is being sold by the thousands.

We cannot speak for the Senate leadership who killed the bill – it seemed to be a no-brainer. But for some reason, in spite of significant support among individual senators, leadership allowed it to die on the calendar.

MASI will continue to work on this issue, hoping that it can pass next year. The safety of Mississippi workers, motorists, and even school children is at stake. We applaud the House for supporting this bill, especially Rep. Andy Gipson for authoring it – and we urge the Senate to get on board in the future.

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

To read HB1080, click here.

MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit Dies Again

clip_image023MASI’s Workplace Wellness Tax Credit has died again, in spite of tremendous support in the House, the lack of support by Senate Leadership doomed it to defeat – this time it did not even make it out of committee.

We appreciate the support of House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Smith who authored the bill, and also Senate Finance Chairman Joey Fillingane who authored it in the Senate.

We are beginning to lose count of how many years Senate leadership has killed this bill. But we will keep trying. 

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.

To visit the Legislative Homepage, click here.

Scroll down to the bottom of this email for a listing of active bills.

MWCC Names Alan C. Goodman Administrative Judge

clip_image025The MS Workers’ Compensation Commission has named Alan C. Goodman Administrative Judge, replacing Judge Homer Best who recently retired. MASI congratulates Judge Goodman on his appointment!

Judge Goodman received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. After graduating from law school in 1992, he was admitted to practice before the Mississippi and Louisiana State Bars where his legal career has consisted of litigation, admiralty and maritime, and workers’ compensation practice. Over the course of his career he has represented insurance companies as well as injured employees in matters pending before the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.

While in law practice, Judge Goodman served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Technology Committee of the Mississippi Bar, and he is currently a member of the Workers’ Compensation section of the Mississippi Bar. Judge Goodman has been a frequent lecturer to attorneys and insurance adjusters on subjects concerning workers’ compensation practice in Mississippi. Judge Goodman joined the Commission as a senior attorney in 2013, before being appointed to serve as an Administrative Judge in 2018.

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.
DEAD

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.
DEAD

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
%

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.
Signed by the Governor

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
%

Government self-insurance programs; authorize Commissioner of Insurance to conduct examinations of.
DEAD

Kirby

SB2311

Insurance companies; revise notice requirements when transferring policies to an affiliated insurer.
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

Blackwell

SB2020

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

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

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
%

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
%

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
%
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
%
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

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