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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2897         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2070

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Aaron Michlewitz

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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 strengthening the mandate review law.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2897        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2070

By Mr. Michlewitz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2070) of Aaron Michlewitz relative to the health insurance mandate review law.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act strengthening the mandate review law.
 

              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. Subsection (a) of section 38C of chapter 3 of the General Laws, is hereby amended by deleting the first paragraph in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the 3 following:

              Section 38C. (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 21

              SECTION 2. Subsection (d)(1) of section 38C of chapter 3 of the General Laws, is hereby amended by deleting the paragraph in its entirety 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;

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