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!

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

clip_image002[8]The cornerstone of MASI’s 2018 Legislative Agenda is the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit, to allow $1 million in tax credits for employers who provide wellness programs for their employees. This is a Win-Win proposal for workers’ comp plans and health plans both! As a revenue bill, we will be facing a later deadline than general bills – and we will be sure to keep you posted on its progress.

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

 

 

 

 

List of Bills MASI is Watching

Workers’ Comp Bills

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

 

 

Health Insurance/ Health Related Bills

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

 

 

 

General Insurance Bills

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

01/02 (H) Referred To Insurance

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

 

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

 

As always, thank you for your support of MASI!

Dan

Dan M. Gibson, Executive Director

Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers

825 N. President Street

Jackson, Mississippi  39202

601-354-0199

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