senate Bill S5561

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to health insurance coverage for sole proprietors

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 20, 2011 signed chap.183
Jul 08, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 14, 2011 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1025
substituted for s5561
Jun 14, 2011 substituted by a8133
Jun 13, 2011 advanced to third reading
Jun 07, 2011 2nd report cal.
Jun 06, 2011 1st report cal.1025
Jun 02, 2011 referred to insurance

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S5561 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8133
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง3231 & 4317, Ins L

S5561 - Bill Texts

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Relates to health insurance coverage for sole proprietors.

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BILL NUMBER:S5561

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the insurance law, in relation to health insurance coverage for
sole proprietors

PURPOSE:
This bill amends the Insurance Law to extend to December 31,
2014 the maximum premium rate differential of 115 percent of the rate
established for group coverage for individual proprietors who
purchase group health insurance through associations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - amends paragraph 2 of subsection (i) of section 3231 of
the insurance law to extend the period for individual proprietors to
be classified in their own community rating category from December
31, 2011 to December 31, 2014. The premium rate established for
individual proprietors shall not be greater than 115 percent of the
rate established for the same coverage issued to groups.

Section 2 - amends paragraph 2 of subsection (f) of section 4317 of
the insurance law to extend the period for individual proprietors to
be classified in their own community rating category from December
31, 2011 to December 31, 2014. The premium rate established for
individual proprietors shall not be greater than 115 percent of the
rate established for the same coverage issued to groups.

Section 3 - provides the effective date.

EXISTING LAW:
This law was previously extended by chapter 517 of the
laws of 2008.

JUSTIFICATION:
Insurers that issue coverage to an association group
must issue the same coverage to both groups and individual
proprietors that purchase coverage through the association group.
Insurers are permitted to charge those groups and individual
proprietors different premium rates, but the differential between the
rates is limited to 115 percent. This cap on the differential is
necessary to ensure that our individual proprietors are afforded
premium rates that are similar to those charged for health insurance
policies that are available to other groups. This bill will help
ensure that individual proprietors will continue to have access to
the same coverage as other small businesses when purchased through
association groups. Without this legislation, insurers could charge
health insurance rates for individual proprietors beyond the current
115 percent rate differential. If the increase in premiums is beyond
what can be absorbed, many small businesses will inevitably be forced
to drop health insurance coverage, which would be detrimental to the
State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5561

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 2, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance  law,  in  relation  to  health  insurance
  coverage for sole proprietors

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph 2 of subsection (i) of section 3231 of the insur-
ance law, as amended by chapter 517 of the laws of 2008, is  amended  to
read as follows:
  (2)  For  coverage  purchased  pursuant to this subsection, individual
proprietors shall be classified in their own community rating  category,
provided  however,  up to and including December thirty-first, two thou-
sand [eleven] FOURTEEN, the  premium  rate  established  for  individual
proprietors purchased pursuant to paragraph one of this subsection shall
not  be greater than one hundred fifteen percent of the rate established
for the same coverage issued to groups.
  S 2. Paragraph 2 of subsection (f) of section 4317  of  the  insurance
law,  as  amended by chapter 517 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read
as follows:
  (2) For coverage purchased pursuant  to  this  subsection,  individual
proprietors  shall be classified in their own community rating category,
provided however, up to and including December thirty-first,  two  thou-
sand  [eleven]  FOURTEEN,  the  premium  rate established for individual
proprietors purchased pursuant to paragraph one of this subsection shall
not be greater than one hundred fifteen percent of the rate  established
for the same coverage issued to groups.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11928-01-1

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