senate Bill S6740B

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to a health insurance demonstration program for early retirees

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 01, 2012 signed chap.362
Jul 20, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 14, 2012 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.496
substituted for a9675b
Jun 13, 2012 referred to insurance
returned to assembly
repassed senate
Jun 04, 2012 amended on third reading 6740b
May 21, 2012 amended on third reading 6740a
vote reconsidered - restored to third reading
May 21, 2012 returned to senate
recalled from assembly
May 08, 2012 referred to insurance
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 30, 2012 advanced to third reading
Apr 26, 2012 2nd report cal.
Apr 25, 2012 1st report cal.568
Mar 15, 2012 referred to insurance

S6740 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9675B
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1123-a, Ins L

S6740 - Summary

Relates to a health insurance demonstration program for early retirees.

S6740 - Sponsor Memo

S6740 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6740

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 15, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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  a  health  insurance
  demonstration program for early retirees; and providing for the repeal
  of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 1123-a
to read as follows:
  S 1123-A.  HEALTH INSURANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR  FORMER  EMPLOY-
EES.    (A) PURPOSE OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THE LEGISLATURE RECOG-
NIZES THAT FORMER EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE RELIED ON EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH
INSURANCE COVERAGE, AND IN SOME CASES, THE PROMISE OF  CONTINUED  HEALTH
INSURANCE, HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE ECONOMY AND THE INABILITY
OF  THEIR  FORMER  EMPLOYERS  TO  CONTINUE  TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE.
THESE INDIVIDUALS OFTEN FIND THEMSELVES WITHOUT ACCESS TO OTHER  EMPLOY-
ER-SPONSORED  COVERAGE  AND  ARE  TOO YOUNG TO ENROLL  IN MEDICARE.  THE
DIRECT PAY MARKET IS NOT ALWAYS A VIABLE OPTION  FOR  THESE  INDIVIDUALS
BECAUSE OF COST. THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THIS SECTION IS
INTENDED  TO  PROVIDE  A MECHANISM TO ALLOW THESE INDIVIDUALS TO PARTIC-
IPATE IN THEIR OWN GROUP  HEALTH  INSURANCE  PROGRAMS  THAT  MEET  THEIR
SPECIAL NEEDS, WHILE ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THIS CHAPTER AND ANY REGU-
LATIONS  PROMULGATED  THEREUNDER, INCLUDING BENEFIT MANDATES. THE DEMON-
STRATION PROGRAM WILL ENABLE THE LEGISLATURE AND THE  SUPERINTENDENT  TO
ASSESS  WHETHER TO PERMIT AN ASSOCIATION OF FORMER EMPLOYEES TO CONTINUE
TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE  UNDER  SIMILAR  TERMS  AS  THEY  HAVE
ENJOYED  WHILE EMPLOYED UNTIL THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE UNDER TITLE
XVIII OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT (MEDICARE) OR  UNTIL  OTHER  COMPARABLE
GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE BECOMES AVAILABLE.
  (B) DEFINITIONS. IN THIS SECTION:
  (1)  "ELIGIBLE  ASSOCIATION"  MEANS AN ENTITY THAT: (A) IS EXEMPT FROM
FEDERAL TAXATION UNDER SECTION  501(C)(3)  OR  (C)(4)  OF  THE  INTERNAL
REVENUE CODE; (B) WAS INCORPORATED ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOU-
SAND  TEN; (C) MEETS THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN SUBPARAGRAPH (K) OF PARA-

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

Co-Sponsors

S6740A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9675B
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1123-a, Ins L

S6740A - Summary

Relates to a health insurance demonstration program for early retirees.

S6740A - Sponsor Memo

S6740A - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6740--A
    Cal. No. 568

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 15, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the  Committee  on  Insurance  --  reported
  favorably  from  said  committee,  ordered to first and second report,
  ordered to a third reading, passed by  Senate  and  delivered  to  the
  Assembly,  recalled,  vote  reconsidered,  restored  to third reading,
  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place  in  the  order  of
  third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend  the insurance law, in relation to a health insurance
  demonstration program for early retirees; and providing for the repeal
  of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 1123-a
to read as follows:
  S  1123-A.   HEALTH INSURANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR FORMER EMPLOY-
EES.  (A) PURPOSE OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. THE  LEGISLATURE  RECOG-
NIZES THAT FORMER EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE RELIED ON EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH
INSURANCE  COVERAGE,  AND IN SOME CASES, THE PROMISE OF CONTINUED HEALTH
INSURANCE, HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE ECONOMY AND THE INABILITY
OF THEIR FORMER EMPLOYERS  TO  CONTINUE  TO  PROVIDE  HEALTH  INSURANCE.
THESE  INDIVIDUALS OFTEN FIND THEMSELVES WITHOUT ACCESS TO OTHER EMPLOY-
ER-SPONSORED COVERAGE AND ARE TOO YOUNG TO ENROLL   IN  MEDICARE.    THE
DIRECT  PAY  MARKET  IS NOT ALWAYS A VIABLE OPTION FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS
BECAUSE OF COST. THE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THIS SECTION IS
INTENDED TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM TO ALLOW THESE  INDIVIDUALS  TO  PARTIC-
IPATE  IN  THEIR  OWN  GROUP  HEALTH  INSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT MEET THEIR
SPECIAL NEEDS, WHILE ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THIS CHAPTER AND ANY REGU-
LATIONS PROMULGATED THEREUNDER, INCLUDING BENEFIT MANDATES.  THE  DEMON-
STRATION  PROGRAM  WILL ENABLE THE LEGISLATURE AND THE SUPERINTENDENT TO
ASSESS WHETHER TO PERMIT AN ASSOCIATION OF FORMER EMPLOYEES TO  CONTINUE
TO  HAVE  HEALTH  INSURANCE  COVERAGE  UNDER  SIMILAR TERMS AS THEY HAVE
ENJOYED WHILE EMPLOYED UNTIL THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR COVERAGE UNDER  TITLE
XVIII  OF  THE  SOCIAL SECURITY ACT (MEDICARE) OR UNTIL OTHER COMPARABLE
GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

S6740B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9675B
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1123-a, Ins L

S6740B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to a health insurance demonstration program for early retirees.

S6740B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6740B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6740--B
    Cal. No. 568

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 15, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. ROBACH, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed,  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance --
  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second
  report,  ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to
  the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third  reading,
  amended  and  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of
  third reading -- again amended and ordered  reprinted,  retaining  its
  place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend  the insurance law, in relation to a health insurance
  demonstration program for early retirees; and providing for the repeal
  of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 1123-a
to read as follows:
  S  1123-A.   HEALTH INSURANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR FORMER EMPLOY-
EES.  (A) DEFINITIONS. IN THIS SECTION:
  (1) "ELIGIBLE ASSOCIATION" MEANS AN ENTITY THAT: (A)  IS  EXEMPT  FROM
FEDERAL  TAXATION  UNDER  SECTION  501(C)(3)  OR  (C)(4) OF THE INTERNAL
REVENUE CODE; (B) WAS INCORPORATED ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOU-
SAND TEN; (C) MEETS THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN SUBPARAGRAPH (K) OF  PARA-
GRAPH  ONE  OF SUBSECTION (C) OF SECTION FOUR THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THIR-
TY-FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER; AND (D) HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR THE BENEFIT OF
FORMER EMPLOYEES OF A COMPANY IN THIS STATE.
  (2) "ELIGIBLE INSURER"  MEANS  ANY  HEALTH  MAINTENANCE  ORGANIZATION,
CERTIFIED  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE FORTY-FOUR OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, AN
INSURER LICENSED TO WRITE ACCIDENT AND HEALTH  INSURANCE,  OR  A  CORPO-
RATION ORGANIZED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE FORTY-THREE OF THIS CHAPTER.
  (3)  "FORMER  EMPLOYEE"  MEANS  AN  INDIVIDUAL:  (A)  WHO WAS FORMERLY
EMPLOYED BY A COMPANY HEADQUARTERED IN THIS STATE AND WHICH HAS BEEN  IN
OPERATION  FOR  OVER  ONE HUNDRED YEARS; (B) WHO HAS HERETOFORE RECEIVED
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE THROUGH THE FORMER EMPLOYER, (C) WHOSE  FORMER
EMPLOYER  FILED  FOR  CHAPTER  ELEVEN BANKRUPTCY IN JANUARY TWO THOUSAND

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

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