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