Revision: Jan. 11, 2018, 9:08 a.m.
SB 572-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 572-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
This bill requires insurance policies issued under the New Hampshire health protection program to be kept separately from individual insurance policies.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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 Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(g) Nothing in this paragraph shall limit the existing and traditional regulatory authority of the New Hampshire insurance department under Title XXXVII with respect to private health insurance coverage in which persons are enrolled in this program under this paragraph. In developing the program under this paragraph including drafting any necessary plan amendments or waiver requests, the commissioner shall consult with the New Hampshire insurance department as necessary to ensure that each program is designed to operate seamlessly with private insurance coverage and is consistent with all applicable insurance regulatory standards. Insurance policies issued under this paragraph shall be kept in a separate pool from private individual health insurance policies.
SB 572-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
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[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill would require insurance policies issued under the New Hampshire Health Protection Program to be kept in a separate pool from private individual health insurance policies.
The Insurance Department indicates this bill could impact premiums and premium tax revenue. The Department states the qualified health plans (QHPs) purchased by the State for eligible individuals under the Premium Assistance Program (PAP) would be rated in a separate rating pool. To the extent the morbidity of the PAP pool is worse than the non-PAP pool, premiums for non-PAP participants would decrease and premiums for PAP participants would increase. A decrease in premiums for non-PAP participants may result in more non-PAP purchasers. The Department could not determine the impact on premium tax revenues with so many unknown variables.
The Department of Health and Human Services assumes the reason for the creation of two distinct “pools” of individual insurance policies in the federally facilitated marketplace (those issued to PAP enrollees and those issued to non-PAP participants) is because the healthcare costs associated with PAP enrollees are higher than those for non-PAP participants and these increased costs are adversely affecting the individual insurance market. Current law provides that federal funds will cover 94% of PAP costs in 2018, 93% of such costs in 2019 and 90% of such costs in 2020 and thereafter. Current state law provides that no general funds may be used to support the non-federal share of the PAP. The Department indicates the fiscal impact of this bill is indeterminable for the following reasons:
Department of Health and Human Services and Insurance Department