SB17-300 - High-risk Health Care Coverage Program

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the authority of the commissioner of insurance to implement programs to address the rising costs of providing health care coverage to high-risk individuals in the state, and, in connection therewith, directing the commissioner to study issues related to the implementation of such programs.

The bill directs the commissioner of insurance to study methods of providing health care coverage to high-risk individuals and reducing health insurance premiums in the individual market, which study is to explore the feasibility of high-risk pools, reinsurance programs, or other high-risk programs and consider requirements under applicable federal law, potential financial impacts on consumers and businesses, potential funding mechanisms to ensure financial sustainability of a high-risk or reinsurance program, and necessary procedural requirements for seeking any required federal waivers or other authorization to implement and fund such programs. The commissioner is to submit a report on the study to the joint budget committee and other specified legislative committees by October 1, 2017, and present the report to specified legislative committees during SMART Act hearings prior to the 2018 legislative session.

The commissioner is authorized to seek, accept, and expend public and private gifts, grants, and donations or any federal funding to defray the study costs.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: June 2, 2017
06/02/2017 - Governor Signed
05/19/2017 - Sent to the Governor
05/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/10/2017 - Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/10/2017 - House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/09/2017 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/09/2017 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/08/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
05/08/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/03/2017 - Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/26/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services