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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2498         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2092

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to mandated benefits.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Bruce E. Tarr

 

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Paul Adams

17th Essex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2498        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2092

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2092) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to mandated health benefits.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to mandated benefits.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 38C of chapter 3 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section 1 of chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010, is hereby further amended by striking subsection (a) and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              “(a) For the purposes of this section, a mandated health benefit proposal is one that mandates health insurance coverage for specific health services, specific diseases or certain  providers of health care services or that affects the operations of health insurers in the  administration of health insurance coverage as part of a policy or policies of group life and  accidental death and dismemberment insurance covering persons in the service of the  commonwealth, and group general or blanket insurance providing hospital, surgical, medical,  dental, and other health insurance benefits covering persons in the service of the commonwealth,  and their dependents organized under chapter 32A , individual or group health insurance policies  offered by an insurer licensed or otherwise authorized to transact accident or health insurance  organized under chapter 175 , a nonprofit hospital service corporation organized under chapter  176A, a nonprofit medical service corporation organized under chapter 176B , a health  maintenance organization organized under chapter 176G , or an organization entering into a  preferred provider arrangement under chapter 176I , any health plan issued, renewed, or delivered within or without the commonwealth to a natural person who is a resident of the commonwealth,  including a certificate issued to an eligible natural person which evidences coverage under a policy or contract issued to a trust or association for said natural person and his dependent, including said person's spouse organized under chapter 176M.”.

             

              SECTION 2. Subsection (d) of said section 38C of said chapter 3, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking subdivision (1) and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              “(1) the financial impact of mandating the benefit, including the extent to which the proposed insurance coverage would increase or decrease the cost of the treatment or service over the next 5 years, the extent to which the proposed coverage might increase the appropriate or inappropriate use of the treatment or service over the next 5 years, the extent to which the mandated treatment or service might serve as an alternative for more expensive or less expensive treatment or service, the extent to which the insurance coverage may affect the number and types of providers of the mandated treatment or service over the next 5 years, the effects of mandating the benefit on the cost of health care, particularly the premium, administrative expenses and indirect costs of municipalities, large employers, small employers, employees and nongroup purchasers, the potential benefits and savings to municipalities, large employers, small employers, employees and nongroup purchasers, the effect of the proposed mandate on cost shifting between private and public payors of health care coverage, the cost to health care consumers of not mandating the benefit in terms of out of pocket costs for treatment or delayed treatment and the effect on the overall cost of the health care delivery system in the commonwealth;”.

              SECTION 3. Chapter 118G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following section:-

              “Section 42. (a) For the purposes of this section, a mandated health benefit is a statutory or regulatory requirement that mandates health insurance coverage for specific health services, specific diseases or certain providers of health care services as part of a policy or policies of group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance covering persons in the service of the commonwealth, and group general or blanket insurance providing hospital, surgical, medical, dental, and other health insurance benefits covering persons in the service of the commonwealth, and their dependents organized under chapter 32A , individual or group health insurance policies offered by an insurer licensed or otherwise authorized to transact accident or health insurance organized under chapter 175 , a nonprofit hospital service corporation organized under chapter 176A , a nonprofit medical service corporation organized under chapter 176B , a health maintenance organization organized under chapter 176G , or an organization entering into a preferred provider arrangement under chapter 176I , any health plan issued, renewed, or delivered within or without the commonwealth to a natural person who is a resident of the commonwealth, including a certificate issued to an eligible natural person which evidences coverage under a policy or contract issued to a trust or association for said natural person and his dependent, including said person's spouse organized under chapter 176M.

              (b) Joint committees of the general court and the house and senate committees on ways and means when reporting favorably on mandated health benefits bills referred to them shall include a review and evaluation conducted by the division of health care finance and policy pursuant to this section.

              (c) Upon request of a joint standing committee of the general court having jurisdiction or the committee on ways and means of either branch, the division of health care finance and policy shall conduct a review and evaluation of the mandated health benefit proposal, in consultation with other relevant state agencies, and shall report to the committee within 90 days of the request. If the division of health care finance and policy fails to report to the appropriate committee within 45 days, said committee may report favorably on the mandated health benefit bill without including a review and evaluation from the division.

              (d) Any state agency or any board created by statute, including but not limited to the Board of the Commonwealth Connector, the Department of Health, the Division of Medical Assistance or the Division of Insurance that proposes to add a mandated health benefit by rule, bulletin or other guidance must request that a review and evaluation of that proposed mandated health benefit be conducted by the division of health care finance and policy pursuant to this section. The report on the mandated health benefit by the division of health care finance and policy must be received by the agency or board and available to the public at least 30 days prior to any public hearing on the proposal. If the division of health care finance and policy fails to report to the agency or board within 45 days of the request, said agency or board may proceed with a public hearing on the mandated health benefit proposal without including a review and evaluation from the division.

              (e) Any party or organization on whose behalf the mandated health benefit was proposed shall provide the division of health care finance and policy with any cost or utilization data that they have. All interested parties supporting or opposing the proposal shall provide the division of health care finance and policy with any information relevant to the division's review. The division shall enter into interagency agreements as necessary with the division of medical assistance, the group insurance commission, the department of public health, the division of insurance, and other state agencies holding utilization and cost data relevant to the division's review under this section. Such interagency agreements shall ensure that the data shared under the agreements is used solely in connection with the division's review under this section, and that the confidentiality of any personal data is protected. The division of health care finance and policy may also request data from insurers licensed or otherwise authorized to transact accident or health insurance under chapter 175 , nonprofit hospital service corporations organized under chapter 176A , nonprofit medical service corporations organized under chapter 176B , health maintenance organizations organized under chapter 176G , and their industry organizations to complete its analyses. The division of health care finance and policy may contract with an actuary, or economist as necessary to complete its analysis.

              The report shall include, at a minimum and to the extent that information is available, the following: (1) the financial impact of mandating the benefit, including the extent to which the proposed insurance coverage would increase or decrease the cost of the treatment or service over the next 5 years, the extent to which the proposed coverage might increase the appropriate or inappropriate use of the treatment or service over the next 5 years, the extent to which the mandated treatment or service might serve as an alternative for more expensive or less expensive treatment or service, the extent to which the insurance coverage may affect the number and types of providers of the mandated treatment or service over the next 5 years, the effects of mandating the benefit on the cost of health care, particularly the premium, administrative expenses and indirect costs of municipalities, large employers, small employers, employees and nongroup purchasers, the potential benefits and savings to municipalities, large employers, small employers, employees and nongroup purchasers, the effect of the proposed mandate on cost shifting between private and public payors of health care coverage, the cost to health care consumers of not mandating the benefit in terms of out of pocket costs for treatment or delayed treatment and the effect on the overall cost of the health care delivery system in the commonwealth; (2) the medical efficacy of mandating the benefit, including the impact of the benefit to the quality of patient care and the health status of the population and the results of any research demonstrating the medical efficacy of the treatment or service compared to alternative treatments or services or not providing the treatment or service; and (3) if the proposal seeks to mandate coverage of an additional class of practitioners, the results of any professionally acceptable research demonstrating the medical results achieved by the additional class of practitioners relative to those already covered and the methods of the appropriate professional organization that assures clinical proficiency.”.

              SECTION 4.  Section 1 of chapter 175, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following definitions:—

              ““Flexible health benefit policy” means a health insurance policy that in whole or in part, does not offer state mandated health benefits.

              “State mandated health benefits" means coverage required or required to be offered in the general or special laws as part of a policy of accident or sickness insurance that:

                          1.  includes coverage for specific health care services or benefits;

                          2.  places limitations or restrictions on deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or

                          any annual or lifetime maximum benefit amounts; or

                          3.  includes a specific category of licensed health care practitioner from whom an

                          insured is entitled to receive care.

              “Policy of Accident and Sickness Insurance,” any policy or contract covering the kind or kinds of insurance described in subdivisions (a) through (d) of the sixth paragraph of section 47 of this chapter.”.

                          

              SECTION 5.  Section 108 of said chapter 175, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection 12 the following subsection:—

              “13. A carrier authorized to transact individual policies of accident or sickness insurance under this section may offer a flexible health benefit policy, provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the carrier shall provide to the prospective policyholder written notice describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective individual policyholder the option of purchasing at least one health insurance policy that provides all state mandated health benefits.”.

                          

              SECTION 6. Section 110 of said chapter 175, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (P) the following:—

              “(Q) A carrier authorized to transact group policies of accident or sickness insurance under this section may offer one or more flexible health benefit policies; provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the carrier shall provide to the prospective group policyholder written notice describing the state mandated benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective group policyholder the option of purchasing at least on health insurance policy that provides all state mandated benefits.  The carrier shall provide each subscriber under a group policy upon enrollment with written notice stating that this a flexible health benefit policy and describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy.”.

              SECTION 7. Said chapter 175, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 111H the following:-

              “Section 111I. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the commissioner shall not disapprove a policy of accident and sickness insurance which provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance solely on the basis that it does not include coverage for at least 1 mandated benefit.

              (b) The commissioner shall not approve a policy of accident and sickness insurance which provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance unless it provides, at a minimum, coverage for:

              (1)              pregnant women, infants and children as set forth in section 47C;

              (2)              prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care as set forth in section 47F;

              (3)              cytologic screening and mammographic examination as set forth in section 47G;

              (3A)diabetes-related services, medications, and supplies as defined in section 47N;

              (4)               early intervention services as set forth in said section 47C; and

              (5)              mental health services as set forth in section 47B; provided however, that if the policy limits coverage for outpatient physician office visits, the commissioner shall not disapprove the policy on the basis that coverage for outpatient mental health services is not as extensive as required by said section 47B, if the coverage is at least as extensive as coverage under the policy for outpatient physician services.

              (c) The commissioner shall not approve a policy of accident and sickness insurance which provides hospital expense and surgical expense insurance that does not include coverage for at least one mandated benefit unless the carrier continues to offer at least one policy that provides coverage that includes all mandated benefits.

              (d) For purposes of this section, "mandated benefit" shall mean a requirement in this chapter that requires coverage for specific health services, specific diseases or certain providers of health care.

              (e) The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.

              (f) Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, no plan approved by the commissioner under this section shall be available to an employer who has provided a policy of accident and sickness insurance to any employee within 12 months.”.

              SECTION 8.  Chapter 176A, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding after section 1D the following two sections:—

              “Section 1E.  Definitions

              The following words, as used in this chapter, unless the text otherwise requires or a different meaning is specifically required, shall mean-

              “Flexible health benefit policy” means a health insurance policy that in whole or in part, does not offer state mandated health benefits.

              "State mandated health benefits" means coverage required or required to be offered

              in the general or special laws  as part of a policy of accident or sickness insurance that:

                          1.  includes coverage for specific health care services or benefits;

                          2.  places limitations or restrictions on deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or

                          any annual or lifetime maximum benefit amounts; or

                          3.  includes a specific category of licensed health care practitioner from whom an

                          insured is entitled to receive care.

              “Policy of Accident and Sickness Insurance,” any policy or contract covering the kind or kinds of insurance described in subdivisions (a) through (d) of the sixth paragraph of section 47 of chapter 175 of the general laws.

             

              Section 1F. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the commissioner shall not disapprove a contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital services plan solely on the basis that it does not include coverage for at least one mandated benefit.

              (b) The commissioner shall not approve a contract unless it provides, at a minimum, coverage for:

              (1)              pregnant women, infants and children as set forth in section 47C;

              (2)              prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care as set forth in section 47F;

              (3)              cytologic screening and mammographic examination as set forth in section 47G;

              (3A)diabetes-related services, medications, and supplies as defined in section 47N;

              (4)               early intervention services as set forth in said section 47C; and

              (5)              mental health services as set forth in section 47B; provided however, that if the policy limits coverage for outpatient physician office visits, the commissioner shall not disapprove the policy on the basis that coverage for outpatient mental health services is not as extensive as required by said section 47B, if the coverage is at least as extensive as coverage under the policy for outpatient physician services.

              (c) The commissioner shall not approve a contract that does not include coverage for at least one mandated benefit unless the corporation continues to offer at least one contract that provides coverage that includes all mandated benefits.

              (d) For purposes of this section, "mandated benefit" shall mean a requirement in this chapter that requires coverage for specific health services, specific diseases or certain providers of health care.

              (e) The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.

              (f) Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, no plan approved by the commissioner under this section shall be available to an employer who has provided a hospital services plan, to any employee within 12 months.”.

              SECTION 9.  Section 8 of chapter 176A, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (g) the following:—

              “(h)  A non-profit hospital service corporation authorized to transact individual policies of accident or sickness insurance under this section may offer a one flexible health benefit policy, provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the non-profit hospital service corporation shall provide to the prospective policyholder written notice describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective individual policyholder the option of purchasing at least one health insurance policy that provides all state mandated health benefits.

              (i)  A non-profit hospital service corporation authorized to transact group policies of accident or sickness insurance under this section may offer one or more flexible health benefit policies; provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the non-profit hospital service corporation shall provide to the prospective group policyholder written notice describing the state mandated benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective group policyholder the option of purchasing at least on health insurance policy that provides all state mandated benefits.  The non-profit hospital service corporation shall provide each subscriber under a group policy upon enrollment with written notice stating that this a flexible health benefit policy and describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy.”.

                          

              SECTION 10.  Section 1 of Chapter 176B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following new definitions:—

              ““Flexible health benefit policy” means a health insurance policy that in whole or in part, does not offer state mandated health benefits.

              "State mandated health benefits" means coverage required or required to be offered in the general or special laws  as part of a policy of accident or sickness insurance that:

                          1.  includes coverage for specific health care services or benefits;

                          2.  places limitations or restrictions on deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or

                          any annual or lifetime maximum benefit amounts; or

                          3.  includes a specific category of licensed health care practitioner from whom an

                          insured is entitled to receive care.

                          

              “Policy of Accident and Sickness Insurance,” any policy or contract covering the kind or kinds of insurance described in subdivisions (a) through (d) of the sixth paragraph of section 47 of chapter 175 of the general laws.”.

                          

              SECTION 11.  Section 4 of chapter 176B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following paragraphs at the end thereof:—

              “A medical service corporation authorized to transact individual policies of accident or sickness insurance under this chapter may offer a one flexible health benefit policy, provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the medical service corporation shall provide to the prospective policyholder written notice describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective individual policyholder the option of purchasing at least one health insurance policy that provides all state mandated health benefits.

              A medical service corporation authorized to transact group policies of accident or sickness insurance under this section may offer one or more flexible health benefit policies; provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the medical service corporation shall provide to the prospective group policyholder written notice describing the state mandated benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective group policyholder the option of purchasing at least on health insurance policy that provides all state mandated benefits. 

              The medical service corporation shall provide each subscriber under a group policy upon enrollment with written notice stating that this a flexible health benefit policy and describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy.”.            

              SECTION 12. Said chapter 176B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after section 6B the following section:-

              “Section 6C. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the commissioner shall not disapprove a subscription certificate solely on the basis that it does not include coverage for at least one mandated benefit.

              (b) The commissioner shall not approve a subscription certificate unless it provides, at a minimum, coverage for:

              (1)              pregnant women, infants and children as set forth in section 47C;

              (2)              prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care as set forth in section 47F;

              (3)              cytologic screening and mammographic examination as set forth in section 47G;

              (3A)diabetes-related services, medications, and supplies as defined in section 47N;

              (4)               early intervention services as set forth in said section 47C; and

              (5)              mental health services as set forth in section 47B; provided however, that if the policy limits coverage for outpatient physician office visits, the commissioner shall not disapprove the policy on the basis that coverage for outpatient mental health services is not as extensive as required by said section 47B, if the coverage is at least as extensive as coverage under the policy for outpatient physician services.

              (c) The commissioner shall not approve a subscription certificate that does not include coverage for at least 1 mandated benefit unless the corporation continues to offer at least one subscription certificate that provides coverage that includes all mandated benefits.

              (d) For purposes of this section, "mandated benefit" shall mean a requirement in this chapter that requires coverage for specific health services, specific diseases or certain providers of health care.

              (e) The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.

              (f) Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, no plan approved by the commissioner under this section shall be available to an employer who has provided a subscription certificate, to any employee within 12 months.”.

              SECTION 13.  Section 1 of chapter 176G, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following new definitions:—

              ““Flexible health benefit policy” means a health insurance policy that in whole or in part, does not offer state mandated health benefits.

              "State mandated health benefits" means coverage required or required to be offered in the general or special laws  as part of a policy of accident or sickness insurance that:

                          1.  includes coverage for specific health care services or benefits;

                          2.  places limitations or restrictions on deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or

                          any annual or lifetime maximum benefit amounts; or

                          3.  includes a specific category of licensed health care practitioner from whom an

                          insured is entitled to receive care.

              “Policy of Accident and Sickness Insurance,” any policy or contract covering the kind or kinds of insurance described in subdivisions (a) through (d) of the sixth paragraph of section 47 of chapter 175 of the general laws.”.

                          

              SECTION 14.  Section 4 of chapter 176G, as most recently amended by section 97 of chapter 131 of the acts of 2010, hereby further amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:—

              “A health maintenance organization authorized to transact individual policies of accident or sickness insurance under this chapter may offer a one flexible health benefit policy, provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the health maintenance organization shall provide to the prospective policyholder written notice describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective individual policyholder the option of purchasing at least one health insurance policy that provides all state mandated health benefits.”.

                          

              SECTION 15.  Chapter 176G, as most recently amended by section 5 of chapter 207 of the acts of 2010, is hereby further amended by inserting after section 4V the following section:-

              “Section 4W.  A health maintenance organization authorized to transact group policies of accident or sickness insurance under this chapter may offer one or more flexible health benefit policies; provided however, that for each sale of a flexible health benefit policy the health maintenance organization shall provide to the prospective group policyholder written notice describing the state mandated benefits that are not included in the policy and provide to the prospective group policyholder the option of purchasing at least on health insurance policy that provides all state mandated benefits.  The health maintenance organization shall provide each subscriber under a group policy upon enrollment with written notice stating that this a flexible health benefit policy and describing the state mandated health benefits that are not included in the policy.”.

                          

              SECTION 16. Chapter 176G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 16B the following section:-

              Section 16C. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the commissioner shall not disapprove a health maintenance contract solely on the basis that it does not include coverage for at least 1 mandated benefit.

              (b) The commissioner shall not approve a health maintenance contract unless it provides coverage for:

              (1)              pregnant women, infants and children as set forth in section 47C;

              (2)              prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care as set forth in section 47F;

              (3)              cytologic screening and mammographic examination as set forth in section 47G;

              (3A)diabetes-related services, medications, and supplies as defined in section 47N;

              (4)               early intervention services as set forth in said section 47C; and

              (5)              mental health services as set forth in section 47B; provided however, that if the policy limits coverage for outpatient physician office visits, the commissioner shall not disapprove the policy on the basis that coverage for outpatient mental health services is not as extensive as required by said section 47B, if the coverage is at least as extensive as coverage under the policy for outpatient physician services.

              (c) The commissioner shall not approve a health maintenance contract that does not include coverage for at least one mandated benefit unless the health maintenance organization continues to offer at least one health maintenance contract that provides coverage that includes all mandated benefits.

              (d) For purposes of this section, "mandated benefit" shall mean a requirement in this chapter that requires coverage for specific health services, specific diseases or certain providers of health care.

              (e) The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

              (f) Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, no plan approved by the commissioner under this section shall be available to an employer who has provided a health maintenance contract, to any employee within 12 months.

              SECTION 17.  Section 1 of chapter 176M, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following new definitions:—

              ““Flexible health benefit policy” means a health insurance that, in whole or in part, does not offer state mandated health benefits.

              "State mandated health benefits" means coverage required to be offered any general or special law that:

                          1.  includes coverage for specific health care services or benefits;

                          2.  places limitations or restrictions on deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or

                          any annual or lifetime maximum benefit amounts; or

                          3.  includes a specific category of licensed health care practitioner from whom an

                          insured is entitled to receive care.”.

                          

              SECTION 18.  Section 2 of chapter 176M, as most recently amended by section 35 of chapter 288 of the acts of 2010, is hereby further amended by striking out the first sentence of subsection (d) and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              “A carrier that participates in the nongroup health insurance market shall make available to eligible individuals a standard guaranteed health plan established pursuant to paragraph (c) and may additionally make available to eligible individuals no more than two alternative guaranteed issue health plans, one of which may be a flexible health benefit policy, with benefits and cost sharing requirements, including deductibles, that differ from the standard guaranteed issue health plan.”.

             

              SECTION 19. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, it shall be the policy of the general court to impose a moratorium on all new mandated health benefit legislation until the later of July 31, 2012, or until the rate of increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for medical care services as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics remains at zero or below zero for two consecutive years. 

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