Bill Details - HB277 (2019)

HB 277 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0529

01/05

 

HOUSE BILL 277

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Nutting, Hills. 32; Rep. Campion, Graf. 12; Rep. Fothergill, Coos 1; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study a public option program for health insurance in New Hampshire.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0529

01/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.

 

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

 

1  Statement of Intent.  The general court recognizes that many residents of New Hampshire remain uninsured or underinsured and that health care costs continue to rise.  Therefore, the general court hereby establishes a commission to study a public option program in New Hampshire which would make health care insurance more affordable to the residents of New Hampshire.

2  New Subdivision; Commission to Study a Public Option Program for New Hampshire.  Amend RSA 126-A by inserting after section 77 the following new subdivision:

Commission to Study a Public Option Program for New Hampshire

126-A:78  Commission to Study a Public Option Program for New Hampshire Established.  

I.  There is established a commission to study developing a public option program for New Hampshire.

(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

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

(2)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(3)  The insurance commissioner, or designee.

(4)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(5)  Two public members, appointed by the governor.

(6)  A representative of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, appointed by the association.

(7)  A representative of the New Hampshire Medical Society, appointed by the society.

(8)  One member representing the private health insurance industry, appointed by the governor.

(9)  A representative of the New Hampshire chapter of  Physicians for a National Health Program, appointed by such chapter.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

II.(a)  The commission shall study developing a public option program for  New Hampshire.  The commission's study shall include, but not be limited to:

(1)  How a public option program would be financed.

(2)  Reimbursement to primary care providers, hospitals, and other medical providers.

(3)  Consideration as to whether a global payment system should be implemented.

(4)  Incentives for increasing provider participation in a public option program.

(5)  Issues regarding quality of care under such a program.

(6)  Any other issues  the commission deems relevant to its study.

(b)  The commission may solicit information and input from any source the commission deems relevant to its study.

III.  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 house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Seven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The commission 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, 2019.

3  Repeal.  RSA 126-A:78, relative to a commission to study a public option program for New Hampshire, is repealed.

4  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 3 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2019.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 2 P. 43
Jan. 23, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302
Feb. 6, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/06/2019 09:30 am LOB 104
Feb. 6, 2019 Executive Session: 02/06/2019 02:00 pm LOB 302
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 11-7; RC)
March 19, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/19/2019 (Vote 11-7; RC) HC 16 P. 19
March 19, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA RC 211-141 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 59
March 28, 2019 Introduced 03/28/2019 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 12
May 7, 2019 Hearing: 05/07/2019, Room 100, SH, 01:45 pm; SC 21

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote
May 7, 2019 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB277 Revision: 4545 Date: Dec. 28, 2018, 9:41 a.m.