SB66 (2005) Detail

(2nd New Title) establishing a committee to study joint purchasing strategies for small business health insurance in New Hampshire and in northern New England.


CHAPTER 237

SB 66 – FINAL VERSION

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2005 SESSION

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SENATE BILL 66

AN ACT establishing a committee to study joint purchasing strategies for small business health insurance in New Hampshire and in northern New England.

SPONSORS: Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 24; Sen. Hassan, Dist 23

COMMITTEE: Banks and Insurance

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill establishes a committee to study joint purchasing strategies for small business health insurance in New Hampshire and in northern New England.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/10/05 0468s

25May2005… 1330h

06/09/05 1913eba

05-0341

01/09

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

AN ACT establishing a committee to study joint purchasing strategies for small business health insurance in New Hampshire and in northern New England.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

237:1 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study joint purchasing strategies for small business health insurance in New Hampshire and in northern New England.

237:2 Membership and Compensation.

I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(a) Three members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b) Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

II. The committee shall solicit information from the following:

(a) The insurance commissioner.

(b) The governor’s office.

(c) The Endowment for Health.

(d) Any other person or entity the committee deems relevant.

III. Legislative members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.

237:3 Duties. The committee’s study shall include, but not be limited to:

I. Whether to collaborate with our border states to create a northern New England purchasing alliance for small business health insurance to offer a variety of plans which would offer meaningful competition, and choice down to the employee level.

II. A review of high carrier administrative costs, as part of total premium, as it compares to New England and national averages.

III. Examining any necessary regulatory or statutory requirements which may need to be waived in order to facilitate and expedite a pilot project of this nature.

IV. Investigating whether a collaboration is necessary with neighboring states to effect meaningful change relative to border issues.

V. Investigating whether a northern New England stop-loss plan would afford conjoining states an opportunity to negotiate stop-loss premium based on volume for the public purchasing sector.

VI. Investigating joint purchasing strategies among northern New England states to increase quality and to reduce costs.

237:4 Chairperson. The members of the committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named senate member. The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.

237:5 Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2005.

237:6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

(Approved: July 11. 2005)

(Effective Date: July 11, 2005)

Links

SB66 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

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Bill Text Revisions

SB66 Revision: 9320 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

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