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Section 213 New York state health care quality and cost containment commission

Insurance (ISC)

New York state health care quality and cost containment commission. (a) There is hereby established within the department a commission, to be known as the "New York state health care quality and cost containment commission". The commission shall consist of thirteen members appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be the superintendent, one of whom shall be the commissioner of health, and six of whom shall be appointed on the recommendation of the legislative leaders, two on the recommendation of the temporary president of the senate, two on the recommendation of the speaker of the assembly, one on the recommendation of the minority leader of the senate, and one on the recommendation of the minority leader of the assembly. All members shall serve at the pleasure of the governor, and vacancies shall be appointed in the same manner as original appointments. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses. In making appointments to the commission, the governor shall ensure that the interests of health care consumers, small businesses, the medical community and health plans are represented on the commission.

  (b)(1) The purpose of the commission shall be to analyze the impact on health insurance costs and quality of proposed legislation which would mandate that health benefits be offered or made available in individual and group health insurance policies, contracts and comprehensive health service plans, including legislation that affects the delivery of health benefits or services or the reimbursement of health care providers.

  (2) The governor, the chair of the senate insurance committee and the chair of the assembly insurance committee may request in writing that the commission evaluate a proposed mandated benefit. Upon receiving such a request, the commission may, by a majority vote of its members, undertake an evaluation of such proposed mandated benefit.

  (3) In evaluating a proposed mandated benefit, the commission shall:

  (A) investigate the current practices of health plans with regard to the proposed mandated benefit, and, to the extent possible, self-funded health benefit plans;

  (B) investigate the potential premium impact of the proposed mandated benefits on all segments of the insurance market, as well as the potential for avoided costs through early detection and treatment of conditions, or more cost-effective delivery of medical services; and

  (C) analyze the most current medical literature regarding the proposed mandated benefit to determine its impact on health care quality.

  (4) In evaluating a proposed mandated benefit, the commission may hold one or more public hearings, and shall strive to obtain independent and verifiable information from diverse sources within the healthcare industry, medical community and among health care consumers with regard to the proposed mandated benefit.

  (c) To assist the commission in its duties, and upon the direction of the commission, the superintendent is authorized to enter into one or more contracts with independent entities and organizations with demonstrable expertise in health care quality, finance, utilization and actuarial services. For the purposes of this section, the superintendent shall not enter into contracts with health plans, entities or organizations owned or controlled by health plans, or with significant business relationships with health plans.

  (d) Upon completion of its evaluation of a proposed mandated benefit pursuant to this section, the commission shall deliver a written report of its findings to the chair of the assembly insurance committee and the chair of the senate insurance committee.