State Legislative/Regulatory News

Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.

Exclusive Reporting for the Week of April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 — This is your weekly update of state legislative/regulatory developments affecting companies involved in the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace. Should you have any questions on information provided in these reports and/or would like to alert SIIA to new state legislative/regulatory activity (health care, workers’ compensation and/or captive insurance matters) we may have missed, please contact Adam Brackemyre, Director of State Government Relations directly at 202/463-8161, or via e-mail at abrackemyre@siia.org.

Connecticut- Assessment Update
Again this week, SIIA members and allied stakeholders continue to urge legislators and the governor’s office to remove the new self-funded assessment in the budget bill.

SIIA allies in Hartford need constituents to write to their Assembly Members and Senators and oppose this new tax on their self-funded health plan. If you have Connecticut clients or business partners who want to oppose this new assessment, contact Adam Brackemyre right away to provide guidance on how you can get involved.

The budget will probably be signed in early to mid-May, so now is the time to get involved.

New York – Grassroots Assistance
SIIA has initiated an integrated advocacy strategy to fix New York’s stop-loss law, which includes mobilizing smaller self-insured organizations in that state to directly communicate their concerns.

As previously reported, SIIA has also retained a well-connected state lobbyist to pass S. 6917, which will protect the ability of organizations in New York with 51-100 employees/members to purchase stop-loss insurance when the small group market definition changes after January 1, 2016.

SIIA will also be implementing a targeted media campaign highlighting how small businesses and their employees will be impacted if this law does not change.

Please contact Adam Brackemyre right away if you would like to participate as part of this grassroots strike team.

SIIA’s 34th Annual Conference
SIIA’s National Conference and Expo is scheduled for October 5-7, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, which will feature a dedicated Legislative/Regulatory/Legal update session. Conference details, including registration forms, can be accessed on-line at www.siia.org, or by calling 800/851-7789.