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

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.

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

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