HB 2024 Health insurance, basic; increasing availability thereof in State.
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Summary as enacted with Governor's Recommendation: (all summaries)
Availability of basic health insurance.  Allows health insurers to offer and sell group health insurance policies or contracts that do not include state mandated health insurance benefits to employers with 50 or fewer employees to provide coverage for employees. Such a group policy or contract may include any, or none, of the state-mandated health benefits as the health insurer and the qualified small employer agree.  Applications and enrollment forms for such policies shall disclose prominently the mandated benefits that are provided by the policy. The measure also provides that a plan of correction prepared by a holder of a certificate of public need for a medical care facility may allow the holder to satisfy the conditions of the certificate regarding the provision of charity care by (i) making direct payments to a private nonprofit foundation that funds basic insurance coverage for indigents authorized under a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Health to receive contributions satisfying conditions of a certificate, or (ii) other documented efforts to provide primary or specialized care to underserved populations.  The measure states that a health insurance policy or subscription contract may include caps or limits on the total annual or lifetime benefits provided thereunder at specified dollar amounts, which statement is declarative of existing law. Health insurers offering plans under this act are required to report annually to the Bureau of Insurance on the number of small employers and individuals using plans that do not offer mandated benefits, the coverage provided, and the cost of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, which information shall be compiled, evaluated, and submitted to the Governor and General Assembly. Finally, the measure provides that employees of small employers whose group health insurance coverage does not provide for continuation of coverage under federal COBRA, and who are involuntarily terminated during the period beginning September 1, 2008, and ending December 31, 2009, or during any period for which premium assistance is specified by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as later amended, shall be offered the option to continue their existing group health insurance coverage; this provision will take effect upon passage.  HB 2209 is incorporated.

Full text:
01/13/09  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090093612  pdf
02/05/09  House: Committee substitute printed 090206612-H1  pdf
02/23/09  Senate: Committee substitute printed 090233612-S1  pdf
03/09/09  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2024ER)  pdf
03/30/09  House: Governor's substitute printed 099353802-H2  pdf
04/08/09  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB2024ER2)  pdf
04/08/09  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0796)  pdf

Amendments:
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/13/09  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090093612
01/13/09  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/09  House: Assigned C & L sub: 2
01/29/09  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/05/09  House: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/05/09  House: Committee substitute printed 090206612-H1
02/08/09  House: Read first time
02/09/09  House: Read second time
02/09/09  House: Committee substitute agreed to 090206612-H1
02/09/09  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2024H1
02/10/09  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/09  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/09  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/09  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/09  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/09  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/09  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/23/09  Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/23/09  Senate: Committee substitute printed 090233612-S1
02/24/09  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/09  Senate: Read third time
02/25/09  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/25/09  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 090233612-S1
02/25/09  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2024S1
02/25/09  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/09  House: Placed on Calendar
02/26/09  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 090233612-S1 (95-Y 1-N)
02/26/09  House: VOTE: --- ADOPTION (95-Y 1-N)
03/09/09  House: Enrolled
03/09/09  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2024ER)
03/10/09  Senate: Signed by President
03/11/09  House: Signed by Speaker
03/30/09  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/30/09  House: Governor's substitute printed 099353802-H2
04/07/09  House: Placed on Calendar
04/08/09  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (98-Y 0-N)
04/08/09  House: VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
04/08/09  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/08/09  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/08/09  Governor: Emergency clause added by Governor's recommendation
04/08/09  House: Reenrolled
04/08/09  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB2024ER2)
04/08/09  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/08/09  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/08/09  House: Enacted, Chapter 796 (effective 4/8/09 - see bill)
04/08/09  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0796)