Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 120

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: None (noncode).

Synopsis: Health coverage commission. Establishes a health coverage commission to evaluate and make recommendations before January 1, 2010, concerning implementation of a health coverage system to ensure availability of health coverage to every Indiana resident.

Effective: Upon passage.





Simpson




    January 7, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.







Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


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SENATE BILL No. 120



    A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning insurance.

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

SOURCE: ; (09)IN0120.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this SECTION, "commission" refers to the health coverage commission established by subsection (b).
    (b) The 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 health coverage systems used to ensure availability of health coverage to every resident of a state or country, including:
            (A) analysis of each health coverage system model that exists in another state or country;
            (B) data demonstrating success, failure, problems, and solutions to problems with regard to each health coverage system that exists in another state or country; and
            (C) potential public and private resources and methods to use in establishing a health coverage system that will ensure availability of health coverage to every Indiana resident.
        (2) Make recommendations for a variety of possibilities, and enumerate the perceived strengths and weaknesses of each possibility, for implementation of a health coverage system to ensure availability of health coverage to every Indiana resident. The recommendations must be made for consideration by the governor and the general assembly in working toward ensuring availability of health coverage to every Indiana resident and include possibilities for:
            (A) a dedicated source of funding for the health coverage system; and
            (B) plans of health coverage to be made available through the health coverage system.
    (g) The commission shall submit the recommendations required by subsection (f) to the governor and, in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6, to the legislative council before January 1, 2010.
    (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 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 January 1, 2010.

SOURCE: ; (09)IN0120.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.