SB354 (2024) Detail

Relative to insurance cost-sharing calculations.


SB 354-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

04/05/2024   1266s

2024 SESSION

24-2844

05/08

 

SENATE BILL 354-FN

 

AN ACT relative to insurance cost-sharing calculations.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Innis, Dist 7; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Gendreau, Dist 1; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Lang, Dist 2; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Ricciardi, Dist 9; Sen. Pearl, Dist 17; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Abbas, Dist 22; Sen. Murphy, Dist 16; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Fenton, Dist 10; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Rep. Wilhelm, Hills. 40; Rep. Rochefort, Graf. 1; Rep. McWilliams, Merr. 30; Rep. Sweeney, Rock. 25

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that, when calculating an enrollee's contribution to cost-sharing requirements, the insurer or pharmacy benefits manager shall include any amount paid by the enrollee or paid on their behalf.  The bill includes a limited exception for health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans if application of the requirement would result in account ineligibility under the Internal Revenue Code.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

04/05/2024   1266s 24-2844

05/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to insurance cost-sharing calculations.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Accident and Health Insurance; Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculations.  Amend RSA 415 by inserting after section 27 the following new section:

415:28  Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculations.

I.  In this section, "cost-sharing requirements" means any coinsurance, copayment, deductible or out-of-pocket maximum.

II.  When calculating an enrollee's overall contribution to any cost-sharing requirements under an individual or group policy, plan, or contract of accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, the insurer or pharmacy benefit manager shall include any amounts paid by the enrollee or paid on behalf of the enrollee.  This requirement shall not apply in the case of a prescription drug for which there is a generic alternative, unless the insured has obtained prior authorization, a step therapy protocol, or the insurer's exceptions and appeals process.  If under federal law, application of this requirement would result in health savings account ineligibility with section 223 of the federal Internal Revenue Code, this requirement shall apply for health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans with respect to the deductible of such a plan after the enrollee has satisfied the minimum deductible under section 223, except for with respect to items or services that are preventive care pursuant to section 223(c)(2)(C) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, in which case the requirements of this paragraph shall apply regardless of whether the minimum deductible under section 223 has been satisfied.

III.  When applying paragraph II to the calculation of an enrollee or insured’s contribution to the annual limitation on cost-sharing set forth in 42 U.S.C. sections 18022(c) and 300gg-6(b), an individual or group policy, plan, or contract of accident or health insurance, or pharmacy benefit manager shall include expenditures for any item or service covered by such insurer or pharmacy benefit manager and included within a category of essential health benefits as described in 42 U.S.C. section 18022(b)(1).

IV.  This section shall apply to a group policy, plan, or contract of accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025.

2  New Section; Health Service Corporations; Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculations.  Amend RSA 420-A by inserting after section 32 the following new section:

420-A:33  Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculations.

I.  “Cost-sharing requirements" has the same meaning as in RSA 415:28.

II.  Every health service corporation and every similar corporation licensed under the laws of another state that issues or renews any policy, plan, or contract of individual or group accident or health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, or pharmacy benefit manager when calculating an enrollee's overall contribution to any cost-sharing requirements shall include any amounts paid by the enrollee or paid on behalf of the enrollee.  This requirement shall not apply in the case of a prescription drug for which there is a generic alternative, unless the insured has obtained prior authorization, a step therapy protocol, or the insurer's exceptions and appeals process.  If under federal law, application of this requirement would result in health savings account ineligibility with section 223 of the federal Internal Revenue Code, this requirement shall apply for health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans with respect to the deductible of such a plan after the enrollee has satisfied the minimum deductible under section 223, except for with respect to items or services that are preventive care pursuant to section 223(c)(2)(C) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, in which case the requirements of this paragraph shall apply regardless of whether the minimum deductible under section 223 has been satisfied.

III.  When applying paragraph II to the calculation of an enrollee or insured’s contribution to the annual limitation on cost-sharing set forth in 42 U.S.C. sections 18022(c) and 300gg-6(b), an individual or group policy, plan, or contract of accident or health insurance, or pharmacy benefit manager shall include expenditures for any item or service covered by such insurer or pharmacy benefit manager and included within a category of essential health benefits as described in 42 U.S.C. section 18022(b)(1).

3  New Section; Health Maintenance Organizations; Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculations.  Amend RSA 420-B by inserting after section 26 the following new section:

420-B:27  Fairness in Cost-Sharing Calculations.

I.  “Cost-sharing requirements" has the same meaning as in RSA 415:28.

II.  Every health maintenance organization and every similar corporation licensed under the laws of another state that issues or renews any policy, plan, or contract of individual or group health insurance providing benefits for medical or hospital expenses, or pharmacy benefit manager when calculating an enrollee's overall contribution to any cost-sharing requirements shall include any amounts paid by the enrollee or paid on behalf of the enrollee.  This requirement shall not apply in the case of a prescription drug for which there is a generic alternative, unless the insured has obtained prior authorization, a step therapy protocol, or the insurer's exceptions and appeals process.  If under federal law, application of this requirement would result in health savings account ineligibility with section 223 of the federal Internal Revenue Code, this requirement shall apply for health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans with respect to the deductible of such a plan after the enrollee has satisfied the minimum deductible under section 223, except for with respect to items or services that are preventive care pursuant to section 223(c)(2)(C) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, in which case the requirements of this paragraph shall apply regardless of whether the minimum deductible under section 223 has been satisfied.

III.  When applying paragraph II to the calculation of an enrollee or insured’s contribution to the annual limitation on cost-sharing set forth in 42 U.S.C. sections 18022(c) and 300gg-6(b), an individual or group policy, plan, or contract of accident or health insurance, or pharmacy benefit manager shall include expenditures for any item or service covered by such insurer or pharmacy benefit manager and included within a category of essential health benefits as described in 42 U.S.C. section 18022(b)(1).

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

24-2844

Amended 4/9/24

 

SB 354-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2024-1266s)

 

AN ACT relative to insurance cost-sharing calculations.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

Estimated State Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Revenue Fund(s)

General Fund

Insurance Premium Tax

Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

None

 

Appropriations

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

None

 

Does this bill provide sufficient funding to cover estimated expenditures? [X] N/A

Does this bill authorize new positions to implement this bill? [X] N/A

 

Estimated Political Subdivision Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

County Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

County Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Local Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Local Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill provides that, when calculating an enrollee's contribution to cost-sharing requirements, the insurer or pharmacy benefits manager shall include any amount paid by the enrollee or paid on their behalf.  The bill includes a limited exception for health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans if application of the requirement would result in account ineligibility under the Internal Revenue Code.

 

The Insurance Department states this bill would mandate that when insurers or pharmacy benefit managers calculate an enrollee’s contribution to cost-sharing requirements that both the amount paid by the enrollee and amounts paid on behalf of the enrollee are included.  This requirement may result in decreased enrollee cost-sharing contributions and increased costs to insurance carriers and pharmacy benefit managers for system updates.  The insurers may respond with increased premium rates to reflect higher costs.  Policyholders, including county and local governments, may have increased expenditures resulting from increased premiums. This may have an impact on general fund premium tax revenue collected by the State.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Insurance Department

 

Amendments

Date Amendment
March 20, 2024 2024-1266s

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2024 Senate Hearing
April 4, 2024 Senate Floor Vote
April 11, 2024 Senate Floor Vote
May 1, 2024 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

SB354 Revision: 41534 Date: April 9, 2024, 8:49 a.m.
SB354 Revision: 41294 Date: March 20, 2024, 2:49 p.m.
SB354 Revision: 40136 Date: Dec. 11, 2023, 1:20 p.m.

Docket


April 15, 2024: Public Hearing: 05/01/2024 10:00 am LOB 302-304


April 12, 2024: Introduced 04/12/2024 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 11


April 11, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/11/2024; SJ 9


April 9, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/11/2024, Vote 7-0; SC 14A


April 5, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1266s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 04/05/2024; SJ 8


April 5, 2024: Committee Amendment # 2024-1266s, AA, VV; 04/05/2024; SJ 8


March 20, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1266s, 04/05/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 13


Jan. 18, 2024: Hearing: 01/24/2024, Room 101, LOB, 09:40 am; SC 4


Dec. 11, 2023: To Be Introduced 01/03/2024 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 1