LD 384 (subjects: INSURANCE , HEALTH )
Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=384&PID=1456&snum=127
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|2/12/2015||Senate||Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Whittemore of Somerset REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
|2/12/2015||House||Resolve REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
On motion by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset Majority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-89) Report ACCEPTED
Committee Amendment “A” (S-89) READ
On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ADOPTION of Committee Amendment “A” (S-89)
|6/10/2015||Senate||Taken from the table by the President ProTem
Committee Amendment “A” (S-89) ADOPTED
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (S-89)
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
On motion of Representative BECK of Waterville, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Resolve was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (S-89) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Resolve was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Resolve was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-89).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
ROLL CALL NO. 237
(Yeas 79 – Nays 54 – Absent 18 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|6/15/2015||Senate||FINALLY PASSED, in concurrence.|
|6/30/2015||Senate||LD 384 In Senate, June 30, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 18 In Favor and 17 Against, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become law and the VETO was SUSTAINED.|
Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 384 as originally introduced. L.D. 384 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-89) .
Resolve, To Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan in the State That Is in Compliance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
1. Purpose. Resolved: That it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that all residents of the State have access to and coverage for affordable, quality health care. While the Legislature supports a national universal system of health care, until such federal legislation is enacted, it is the intent of the Legislature to study the design and implementation of a universal health care plan that complies with the requirements for innovation waivers available to states pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, referred to in this resolve as “the Affordable Care Act”; and be it further
2. Consultant; proposal. Resolved: That the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over insurance and financial services matters, referred to in this resolve as “the committee,” shall solicit the services of one or more outside consultants to work with the committee to propose to the Legislature at least 3 design options, including implementation plans, for creating a universal system of health care that ensures all residents of the State have access to and coverage for affordable, quality health care services that meet the principles and goals outlined in this resolve. By October 15, 2016, the consultant or consultants shall release a draft of the design options to the public, including the data used by the consultant or consultants to develop the design options, and provide 30 days for public review and the submission of comments on the design options. The consultant or consultants shall review and consider the public comments and revise the draft design options as necessary prior to the final submission to the committee; and be it further
3. Design options. Resolved: That the proposal under section 2 must contain the analysis and recommendations as provided for in this section.
1. The proposal must include the following design options:
Additional options may be designed by the consultant or consultants, in consultation with the committee, taking into consideration the parameters described in this section.
Each design option must include sufficient detail to allow the Legislature to consider the adoption of one design and to determine an implementation plan for that design during the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature and to initiate implementation of the new system through a phased process beginning no later than January 1, 2018, including the submission of any necessary waivers pursuant to federal law.
2. In creating the design options under subsection 1, the consultant or consultants shall review and consider the following fundamental elements:
3. The design options under subsection 1 must maximize federal funds to support the system and be composed of the following components:
4. The proposal must include a method to address compliance of the proposed design options under subsection 1 with federal law, if necessary, including the Affordable Care Act; the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, referred to in this subsection as “ERISA”; and Titles XVIII, XIX and XXI of the federal Social Security Act. In the case of ERISA, the consultant or consultants may propose a strategy to seek an ERISA exemption from the United States Congress if necessary for the design options.
5. The proposal must include an analysis of:
4. Additional staff assistance. Resolved: That, upon request, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance shall provide any additional staffing assistance to the committee to ensure the committee and its consultant or consultants have the information necessary to create the design options required by this resolve; and be it further
5. Report. Resolved: That, no later than December 2, 2016, the consultant or consultants shall submit a report that includes findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the committee. The committee may report out a bill to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature based on the report that adopts one of the design options under section 3 and establishes an implementation plan; and be it further
6. Funding; sources. Resolved: That the committee may accept from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance and the Department of Health and Human Services any grant funding made available to the State pursuant to the Affordable Care Act that is received by those state agencies. The committee may also apply for and receive funds, grants or contracts from public and private sources to support its activities. Contributions to support the work of the committee may not be accepted from any party having a pecuniary or other vested interest in the outcome of the matters being studied. Any person, other than a state agency, desiring to make a financial or in-kind contribution shall certify to the Legislative Council that it has no pecuniary or other vested interest in the outcome of the committee’s activities. Such a certification must be made in the manner prescribed by the Legislative Council. All contributions are subject to approval by the Legislative Council. All funds accepted must be forwarded to the Executive Director of the Legislative Council along with an accounting record that includes the amount of the funds, the date the funds were received, from whom the funds were received and the purpose of and any limitation on the use of those funds. The Executive Director of the Legislative Council shall administer any funds received by the committee; and be it further
7. Transfer. Resolved: That, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, on or before June 30, 2016, the State Controller shall transfer $100,000 from the State Innovation Model Grant, Federal Expenditures Fund account in the Department of Health and Human Services to the Miscellaneous Studies-Funding, Other Special Revenue Funds account of the Legislature. If before December 1, 2016 the Legislature receives funds that exceed $100,000 from other public and private sources as authorized in section 6, the State Controller shall transfer $100,000 from the Legislature to the State Innovation Model Grant, Federal Expenditures Fund account in the Department of Health and Human Services before December 31, 2016.
This resolve expresses the Legislature’s intent that all Maine residents have access to and coverage for affordable, quality health care. The resolve requires the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over insurance and financial services matters to solicit the services of one or more consultants to propose design options for creating a universal system of health care in the State. The resolve requires the consultant or consultants to submit a report by December 2, 2016 containing at least 3 design options that comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The resolve includes a provision requiring the State Controller to transfer $100,000 from the state innovation model grant received by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on or before June 30, 2016 to fund the study required by the resolve. If funds exceeding $100,000 are received from other public and private sources before December 1, 2016, the resolve requires that the money be transferred back to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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