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!

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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
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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
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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