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S.F. No. 55 - Health Care Premium Assistance; Data Practices (Author’s Amendment)
Author: Senator Michelle R. Benson
Prepared By: Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis (651/296-4791)
Date: January 9, 2017


Section 1 (original bill) amends the classification of data contained in insurance information filed with the commissioner of commerce.  Notwithstanding the general classification of certain data as nonpublic data until a filing becomes effective, compiled data of proposed changes to rates separated by health plan in geographic rating area for individual health plans and small employer plans would be public and available on the Department of Commerce’s Web site.

This section is effective 30 days following final enactment.

Section 2 (original bill) authorizes a health plan company to require medical records and other supporting documentation from an enrollee as part of a request for authorization for transition of care coverage.

Section 3 (author’s amendment) requires health plan companies to submit specified information to the commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget related to individuals for whom the company provides qualified health coverage.

An immediate effective date is included and this section expires on July 1, 2018.

Section 4 (author’s amendment), subdivision 1, requires the commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget to verify that persons applying for health care premium assistance are residents of Minnesota and gives the commissioner access to data of the Department of Employment and Economic Security and the Department of Revenue for this purpose.

Subdivision 2 provides that the commissioner of revenue has access to and is required to review data from Minnesota Management and Budget, the Department of Human Services, MNsure, and taxable year 2016 tax returns to identify ineligible individuals who received health care premium assistance or received premium assistance in excess of the amount to which they are entitled.  The commissioner is directed to recover the amount in the manner provided by law for the collection of unpaid taxes or erroneously paid refunds of taxes.

An immediate effective date is included.

Section 5 (author’s amendment) classifies information submitted by health plan companies under section 3 and data on an individual who applies for or receives health care premium assistance as private data on individuals.  The data may be shared with the commissioner of revenue for program integrity purposes under section 4, subdivision 2.

An immediate effective date is included.

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