SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

February 6, 2003                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

1:00 pm                                                                                                                         Tapes 14 - 15

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. John Minnis

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Frank Shields

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational Meeting 

                                                 Overview of Family Health Insurance Assistance Program

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

Tape 14, A

005

Chair Morrisette

Opens informational meeting at 1:09 pm.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Overview of Family Health Insurance Assistance Program

008

Rocky King

Administrator for the Insurance Pool Governing Board, gives an overview of the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program with presentation materials recently prepared for Representative Ben Westlund’s committee (EXHIBIT A).

126

Sen. Walker

Expresses appreciation for all the work done in preparing the book.

130

King

Starts review on Section 15, page 2, Insurance Pool Governing Board (IPGB).

 

King

Relates they are receiving 1600 incoming calls a week on queries for insurance information.  States the recent loss of programs has increased the phone load.

 

Chair Morrisette

Asks about the success of referrals.

 

King

Replies that he has no statistics, but could check with the marketing group.

239

King

Reviews Family Health Insurance Assistance Program (FHIAP), starting on page 28.

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks if fast food workers on minimum wage are receiving any sort of health coverage.

288

King

Replies that it is usually minimal.

310

Sen. Minnis

Asks questions on FHIAP enrollment.

 

King

Replies that approximately 25,000 are on the FHIAP, with two roads to go down, an individual program or a group based plan.

Tape 15, A

084

King

Reviews FHIAP eligibility and income guidelines (EXHIBIT A, Section 15, pages 29 and 30).

131

King

Reviews group and individual plans and states benchmarks and benefits are changing all the time.  States the challenge is to stay ahead of the increase on the benchmark (EXHIBIT A, Section 15, page 31).

194

King

Comments on issues on eligibility and the process required to obtain past year’s income tax information.

224

King

Reviews reverse disparity between adult private versus public-sector health care benefits and subsidy problems.

340

King

Reviews enrollment numbers.

Tape 14, B

020

Sen. Minnis

Relates the small business owner’s frustration on how and where to go to get health coverage for employees.  Suggests more employers would offer insurance if they had easy access to information.

 

King

Advises that he is currently working with employers in the state to supply insurance information.

 

Sen. Minnis

Suggests an incentive for small business firms would be helpful to insure more insurance information goes out to employees.

108

Chair Morrisette

Suggests development of other ways to provide health insurance information to employers.

 

King

States that documents are sent out to new employers monthly.

 

Sen. Walker

States imminent problem of current funding shortages impacting medication for people in the transplant program.

 

King

Expresses concern over program problems.

239

Sen. Minnis

Compliments King on the comprehensive presentation.

 

King

States that boosting the economy is the real answer to improving insurance costs. 

310

Chair Morrisette

Asks Rocky to craft a mechanism for implementing a rainy day plan.

 

Chair Morrisette

Adjourns meeting  at 2:35 pm.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Overview of Family Health Insurance Assistance Program, (Oversized) Health

        Insurance Resource Manual – 2003, Rocky King, 150+ pp.