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  • NJ S2459
  • Requires health insurance consultants and carriers to provide certain information to certain local units, boards of education, and county colleges; requires local units, boards of education, and county colleges to review information.**
Introduced
(7/14/2016)
In Committee
(6/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/22/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require health insurance consultants and carriers to provide certain health insurance information to local units and require these local units to review this information in advance of the preparation of their annual budgets. The local units that would be subject to this bill are counties and municipalities with at least 100 participants covered under their health insurance plans. Health insurance is a major expense for local units. By requiring greater transparency in health insurance usage and costs as well as requiring local unit review of this information, this bill would help local units ensure that taxpayer funds are being spent on their employees' health insurance in a cost-effective manner. Under the bill, a health insurance consultant that contracts with a local unit would be required to annually disclose to the local unit the amount of compensation received in the prior year from a carrier for any insurance consultant services provided in connection with a contract awarded to the carrier by the unit. The bill would make the compensation disclosure requirement a part of the contract between a local unit and the health insurance consultant. If a health insurance consultant fails to make a required annual disclosure, the local unit would be permitted to terminate any contract with the consultant and collect a civil penalty from the consultant in addition to any other remedies that may be provided by contract. The bill would also require a carrier that contracts with a local unit to provide health care data to the local unit on a monthly basis. The carrier and local unit would be required to comply with the applicable provisions of federal health privacy rules, and with other proprietary requirements related to the collection and release of health care data. The bill would make these reporting requirements a part of the contract between a local unit and the carrier. If a carrier fails to meet a monthly reporting requirement, the local unit would be permitted to collect a civil penalty from the carrier and, if there are more than three such violations in a year, to terminate any contract with the carrier, in addition to any other remedies that may be provided by contract.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments, Community and Urban Affairs, Financial Institutions and Insurance, Passed Assembly, Passed Senate
Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence  (on 6/22/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Substituted for A4798 (2R)
6/8/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Jones)
6/1/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 )
11/14/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee
11/14/2016 S Passed by the Senate (36-0)
10/13/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
10/13/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Hearing (11:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
7/14/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4798 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/1/2017 Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee: Reported with Amendments 13 0 0
Detail 11/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 36 0 4
Detail 10/13/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0