SB 436 – FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 436
SPONSORS: Sen. Gilmour, Dist 12; Sen. Odell, Dist 8; Sen. Gallus, Dist 1; Sen. DeVries, Dist 18; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 24; Rep. Emerton, Hills 7; Rep. Rosenwald, Hills 22; Rep. Millham, Belk 5; Rep. Schlachman, Rock 13
This bill establishes a temporary commission relative to children’s health insurance. The bill also extends the mandatory open enrollment period for employer-sponsored health insurance plans following termination of coverage under a public or private plan.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten
AN ACT relative to health insurance open enrollment periods and establishing a temporary commission relative to children’s health insurance.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
351:1 New Section; Healthy Kids Corporation; Temporary Commission Relative to Children’s Health Insurance. Amend RSA 126-H by inserting after section 9 the following new section:
126-H:10 Temporary Commission Relative to Children’s Health Insurance.
I. There is hereby established a temporary commission relative to children’s health insurance.
II. The members of the commission shall be as follows:
(a) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(b) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(c) One member appointed as the governor’s designee.
(d) One representative of the department of health and human services, appointed by the commissioner of the department.
(e) One representative of New Hampshire healthy kids corporation, appointed by that organization.
(f) One pediatrician, appointed by the governor.
(g) One representative of New Hampshire Voices for Health, appointed by that organization.
(h) One representative of the New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, appointed by that organization.
(i) One representative of the New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition, appointed by that organization.
III. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, provided, however, that legislative members shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.
IV. The commission shall analyze and evaluate the feasibility of implementing state options under the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. Such analysis shall include, but not be limited to, projected benefits, projected burdens, projected costs, projected savings, and federal and state financing opportunities for the options. In the performance of its duties, the commission may solicit information and testimony from any person or entity with expertise or experience relevant to the study.
V. The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named senate member. The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Six members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
VI. The commission shall issue an interim report of 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, 2010 and shall issue a final report on or before November 1, 2011.
351:2 Accident and Health Insurance Policy Provisions; Open Enrollment. Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 415:18, XII(c)(3) to read as follows:
(3) Requests enrollment within [
30] 60 days after termination of coverage provided under a public or private health insurance or other health benefit arrangement; or
351:3 Prospective Repeal. RSA 126-H:10, relative to the commission on children’s health insurance and inserted by section 1 of this act, is repealed.
351:4 Effective Date.
I. Section 3 of this act shall take effect December 31, 2011.
II. The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved: July 20, 2010
Effective Date: I. Section 3 shall take effect December 31, 2011.
II. Remainder shall take effect July 20, 2010.