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Minutes for HB2057 - Committee on Insurance

Short Title

Specifying the conditions under which a small employer carrier may establish certain classes of business.

Minutes Content for Wed, Jan 30, 2019

Chairperson Vickrey opened the hearing for HB 2057

Revisor Ma briefed the members on the bill (Attachment11).

Sunee Mickle testified in support of the bill. She said Blue Cross and Blue had for years heard from sole proprietors and small group employees asking about affordable health plans. The bill, along with the related AHP bills, would allow smaller companies, and especially sole proprietors, to take advantage of the new U.S. Department of Labor AHP final rules and provide affordable health insurance plans that had strong consumer protections and oversight from the state insurance department and from federal government (Attachment 12).

Mark Dugan previously provided testimony in support of the bill and related AHP bills.

Jason P. Watkins previously provided testimony in support of the bill and related AHP bills.

Scott Schneider previously provided testimony in support of the bill and related AHP bills.

Kristy Brown previously provided written testimony in support of the bill and related AHP bills.

Ken White previously provided written testimony in support of the bill and related AHP bills.

Chairperson asked if the members had any questions for the proponents. Questions were asked and answered regarding: the classes of companies (i.e. LLC, LP, sole proprietorship).

Chairperson Vickrey asked if there were any opponents to the bill.

Jordan Feuerborn provided written testimony in opposition of the bill. She said the bill and the related AHP bills would segment the insurance market, drive up premiums and make it harder for cancer patients and survivors to find health insurance. She added that the Cancer Action Network supported state legislation to require AHPs to follow all coverage requirements and protections in ACA-compliant plans (Attachment 13)

Having no other opponents, the chairperson asked if there was any neutral testimony.

Lee Modesitt previously provided testimony neutral to the bill and related AHP bills.

Will Larson previously provided written testimony neutral to the bill and related AHP bills.

The chairperson asked if there were any questions. Questions were asked and answered.

Chairperson Vickrey closed the hearing on HB 2057