Lawmakers in New York state are trying to save midsize employers’ self-insured health plans.
The lawmakers, state Sen. James Seward, R-Oneonta, N.J., and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, N.Y., have introduced bills that would let insurers continue to offer administrative services and stop-loss insurance for employers with 51 to 100 employees.
Seward introduced the state Senate version of the bill, S2366. Members of the Senate Insurance Committee approved S2366 by a 19-0 vote Monday.
Cahill introduced the state Assembly version, A01154.
Earlier, when state officials were implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), they changed the definition of “small group.” In 2016, the current definition could limit access to the stop-loss market to employers with more than 100 employees, according to Seward and Cahill say.
Seward, a former president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and Cahill, chair of the NCOIL health committee, say lawmakers made the earlier change by mistake.