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Legislative Session Fully In Gear – Major Deadline One Week Away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

clip_image004If you’re like me, you really get tired of hearing about how fat we are. Do we really need anyone to tell us?? Sure we have some of the best cooks in the world, but it’s just awful how much we get picked on. Travel to any other place, especially a foreign country, and it’s easy to see why we are fat – talk about awesome Southern cuisine!

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

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

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

List of Bills MASI is Watching

Workers’ Comp Bills

HB 169

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

 

Sykes

HB 171

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

 

Scott

HB 172

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

 

Hines

HB 183

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

 

Baria

HB 186

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

 

Formby

HB 308

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

 

Sykes

HB 901

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

 

Watson

SB2040

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

 

Simmons (12th)

SB2599

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

 

Tindell

Health Insurance/ Health Related Bills

HB 167

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

 

Clark

HB 168

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

 

Massengill

HB 175

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

 

Scott

HB 181

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

 

Baria

HB 337

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

 

Currie

HB 369

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

 

Currie

HB 371

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

 

Chism

HB 451

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

 

Kirby

HB 507

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

 

Steverson

SB2024

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

 

Carmichael

HB 522

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

 

Lamar

HB 538

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

 

Mims

HB 861

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

 

Formby

HB 862

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

 

Chism

SB2072

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

 

Norwood

SB2072

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

 

Norwood

SB2109

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

 

DeBar

SB2286

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

 

Watson *

SB2301

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

 

Watson

SB2655

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

 

Parks

SB2768

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

 

Dawkins

SB2895

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

 

Parks

General Insurance Bills

HB 170

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

 

Scott

HB 447

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

 

Chism

HB 603

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

 

Dortch

HB 650

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

 

Steverson

HB 706

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

 

Chism

HB 957

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

 

Chism

SB2064

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

 

Dearing

SB2589
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Government self-insurance programs; authorize Commissioner of Insurance to conduct examinations of.
01/16 (S) Referred To Insurance;Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

 

Kirby

SB2723

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

 

Parks