February 15, 2008





ENGROSSED

SENATE BILL No. 169

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DIGEST OF SB 169 (Updated February 13, 2008 6:30 pm - DI 77)



Citations Affected: Noncode.

Synopsis: Health insurance reports. Requires the department of state revenue to report to the health finance commission specified information concerning the health benefit plan tax credit. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to report to the health finance commission certain information regarding the Indiana check-up plan. Establishes a single payer health coverage commission to evaluate and make recommendations before December 1, 2008, concerning implementation of a single payer health coverage system in Indiana.

Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2008.





Dillon
(HOUSE SPONSORS _ ORENTLICHER, BROWN T)




    January 8, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.
    January 24, 2008, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
    January 28, 2008, read second time, ordered engrossed. Engrossed.
    January 29, 2008, read third time, passed. Yeas 48, nays 0.

HOUSE ACTION

    January 30, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Health.
    February 14, 2008, amended, reported _ Do Pass.






February 15, 2008

Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)


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ENGROSSED

SENATE BILL No. 169



    A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning health.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: ; (08)ES0169.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008] (a) As used in this SECTION, "commission" refers to the health finance commission established by IC 2-5-23-3.
    (b) As used in this SECTION, "taxpayer" means an individual or entity that has state tax liability.
    (c) Not later than September 1 of each year, the department of state revenue shall submit a written report in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6 to the commission with the following information, if possible, concerning the health benefit tax credit provided under IC 6-3.1-31:
        (1) The number of taxpayers that have taken:
            (A) the first year credit; and
            (B) the second year credit;
        in the previous taxable year.
        (2) The amount of each credit taken.
        (3) The amount of any carryover credit.
        (4) Any other information the department of state revenue determines is relevant.
    (d) This SECTION expires December 31, 2010.

SOURCE: ; (08)ES0169.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008] (a) As used in this SECTION, "commission" refers to the health finance commission established by IC 2-5-23-3.
    (b) As used in this SECTION, "program" refers to the Indiana check-up plan established by IC 12-15-44-3.
    (c) Not later than September 1 of each year, the office of the secretary of family and social services shall report the following information concerning the program to the commission:
        (1) An update on the implementation of the program.
        (2) The number of individuals who have applied for the program.
        (3) The number of individuals participating in the program.
        (4) The federal income level of individuals participating in the program.
        (5) Any other information the office of the secretary determines is relevant.
    (d) This SECTION expires December 31, 2010.

SOURCE: ; (08)ES0169.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this SECTION, "commission" refers to the single payer health coverage commission established by subsection (b).
    (b) The single payer health coverage commission is established.
    (c) The commission consists of the following members who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority:
        (1) Four (4) members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, not more than two (2) of whom may be members of the same political party.
        (2) Four (4) members appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate, not more than two (2) of whom may be members of the same political party.
        (3) Four (4) members appointed by the governor, not more than two (2) of whom may be members of the same political party.
A member of the general assembly may not be appointed to the commission.
    (d) Each appointing authority specified in subsection (c) shall appoint members from different regions of Indiana, including:
        (1) one (1) member who has health insurance expertise;
        (2) one (1) member who is a health care provider;
        (3) one (1) member who is a human resources representative in business or government; and
        (4) one (1) member who is a consumer with health insurance

knowledge.
    (e) The governor shall appoint the chairperson of the commission from among the members appointed under subsection (c)(3).
    (f) The commission shall do the following:
        (1) Compile, review, and evaluate information concerning single payer health coverage systems, including:
            (A) an analysis of each model of single payer health coverage system that exists in another state or country;
            (B) data demonstrating success, failure, problems, and solutions to problems with regard to each single payer health coverage system that exists in another state or country; and
            (C) potential public and private resources and methods to use in establishing a single payer health coverage system.
        (2) Make recommendations for a variety of possibilities, and enumeration of perceived strengths and weaknesses of each possibility, for implementation of a single payer health coverage system to provide health coverage for every Indiana resident. The recommendations must be made for consideration by the governor and the general assembly in working toward providing health coverage for every Indiana resident and include possibilities for a:
            (A) dedicated source of funding for the single payer health coverage system; and
            (B) plan of health coverage to be provided through the single payer health coverage system.
    (g) The commission shall make the recommendations required by subsection (f) to the governor and, in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6, to the legislative council before December 1, 2008.
    (h) The department of insurance and the state department of health shall staff the commission.
    (i) The expenses of the commission shall be paid by the department of insurance.
    (j) Each member of the commission who is not a state employee is entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1(b). The member is also entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.


    (k) Each member of the commission who is a state employee but who is not a member of the general assembly is entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
    (l) The affirmative votes of a majority of the members appointed to the commission are required for the commission to take action on any measure.
    (m) This SECTION expires December 31, 2008.

SOURCE: ; (08)ES0169.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. An emergency is declared for this act.