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HF 2949

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/21/2018 02:04pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health care coverage; extending the premium subsidy program through
2018; terminating the Minnesota premium security plan; appropriating money;
amending Laws 2017, chapter 2, article 1, sections 2; 5, as amended; 7, as amended;
repealing Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, sections 62E.21; 62E.22; 62E.23;
62E.24; 62E.25; Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, sections 1; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;
13; 14; 15; Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 6, article 5, section 10.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Laws 2017, chapter 2, article 1, section 2, as amended by Laws 2017, chapter
13, article 2, sections 3 and 4; and Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 6, article 18,
section 13, is amended to read:


Sec. 2. PAYMENT TO HEALTH CARRIERS ON BEHALF OF ELIGIBLE
INDIVIDUALS.

Subdivision 1.

Program established.

The commissioner of Minnesota Management
and Budget, in consultation with the commissioner of commerce and the commissioner of
human services, shall establish and administer the premium subsidy program authorized by
this act, to help eligible individuals pay for coverage in the individual market in 2017new text begin and
2018
new text end.

Subd. 2.

Premium subsidy provided.

As soon as practicable, but no later than April
30deleted text begin, 2017deleted text endnew text begin of each calendar yearnew text end, health carriers shall begin paying a premium subsidy to
each eligible individual who purchases a health plan in the individual market, for all the
months for which the net premium is paid. An eligible individual shall pay the net premium
amount to the health carrier.

Subd. 3.

Payments to health carriers.

(a) The commissioner shall make payments to
health carriers on behalf of eligible individuals effectuating coverage for calendar year 2017new text begin
or 2018
new text end, for the months in that year for which the individual has paid the net premium
amount to the health carrier. Payments to health carriers shall be based on the premium
subsidy available to eligible individuals in the individual market, regardless of the cost of
coverage purchased. The commissioner shall not withhold payments because a health carrier
cannot prove an enrollee is an eligible individual.

(b) Health carriers seeking reimbursement from the commissioner must submit an invoice
and supporting information to the commissioner, using a form developed by the
commissioner, in order to be eligible for payment. The commissioner shall finalize the form
by March 1, 2017.

(c) Total state payments to health carriers must be made within the limits of the available
appropriation. The commissioner shall reimburse health carriers at the full requested amount
up to the level of the appropriation. The commissioner, by July 15deleted text begin, 2017deleted text endnew text begin of each calendar
year
new text end, shall determine whether the available appropriation will be sufficient to provide
premium subsidies equal to 25 percent of the gross premium for the period September 1deleted text begin,
2017,
deleted text end through December 31deleted text begin, 2017deleted text endnew text begin of that calendar yearnew text end. If the commissioner determines
that the available appropriation is not sufficient, the commissioner shall reduce the premium
subsidy percentage, beginning September 1deleted text begin, 2017,deleted text endnew text begin of that calendar yearnew text end through the remainder
of the calendar year, by an amount sufficient to ensure that the total amount of premium
subsidies provided for the calendar year does not exceed the available appropriation. The
commissioner shall notify health carriers of any reduced premium subsidy percentage within
five days of making a determination. Health carriers shall provide enrollees with at least 30
days' notice of any reduction in the premium subsidy percentage.

(d) The commissioner shall consider health carriers as vendors under Minnesota Statutes,
section 16A.124, subdivision 3, and each monthly invoice shall represent the completed
delivery of the service.

(e) The commissioner, with the November 2017 forecast, shall certify the extent to which
appropriations exceed forecast obligations under this subdivision. Notwithstanding Laws
2017, chapter 2, article 1, section 7, the estimated value of available funds, up to $98,779,000,
shall be canceled to the general fund. The cancellation in this paragraph shall be reduced
by any difference in medical assistance expenditures estimated in the trend calculation under
section 15.

Subd. 4.

Data practices.

(a) The definitions in Minnesota Statutes, section 13.02, apply
to this subdivision.

(b) Government data on an enrollee or health carrier under this section are private data
on individuals or nonpublic data, except that the total reimbursement requested by a health
carrier and the total state payment to the health carrier are public data.

(c) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 138.17, not public government data on
an enrollee or health carrier new text beginfor a calendar year new text endunder this section must be destroyed by June
30deleted text begin, 2018deleted text endnew text begin of the subsequent calendar yearnew text end, or upon completion by the legislative auditor of
the audits required by section 3, whichever is later. This paragraph does not apply to data
maintained by the legislative auditor.

Subd. 5.

Data sharing.

(a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, government entities
are permitted to share or disseminate data as follows:

(1) the commissioner of human services and the board of directors of MNsure must
share data on public program enrollment under Minnesota Statutes, sections 256B.055 and
256L.04, as well as data on an enrollee's receipt of a premium tax credit under Code of
Federal Regulations, title 26, section 1.36B-2, with the commissioner of management and
budget; and

(2) the commissioner of management and budget must disseminate data on an enrollee's
public program coverage enrollment under Minnesota Statutes, sections 256B.055 and
256L.04, to health carriers to the extent the commissioner determines is necessary for
determining the enrollee's eligibility for the premium subsidy program authorized by this
act.

(b) Data shared under this subdivision may be collected, stored, or used only for the
purposes of administration of the premium subsidy program authorized by this act and may
not be further shared or disseminated except as otherwise provided by law.

(c) deleted text beginBy June 30, 2018,deleted text end A health carrier must destroy any data new text beginfor a calendar year new text endit received
pursuant to this subdivisionnew text begin by June 30 of the subsequent calendar yearnew text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Laws 2017, chapter 2, article 1, section 5, as amended by Laws 2017, First Special
Session chapter 6, article 5, section 8, is amended to read:


Sec. 5. SUNSET.

This article, other than section 2, subdivision 5; section 3; and section 7, sunsets August
31, deleted text begin2018deleted text endnew text begin 2019new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Laws 2017, chapter 2, article 1, section 7, as amended by Laws 2017, First Special
Session chapter 6, article 5, section 9, is amended to read:


Sec. 7. APPROPRIATIONS.

(a) $311,788,000 in fiscal year 2017 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of management and budget for premium assistance under section 2. This
appropriation is onetime and is available through August 31, deleted text begin2018deleted text endnew text begin 2019new text end.

(b) $157,000 in fiscal year 2017 is appropriated from the general fund to the legislative
auditor for purposes of section 3. This appropriation is onetime.

(c) Any unexpended amount from the appropriation in paragraph (a) after June 30, deleted text begin2018deleted text endnew text begin
2019
new text end, shall be transferred no later than August 31, deleted text begin2018deleted text endnew text begin 2019new text end, from the general fund to the
budget reserve account under Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.152, subdivision 1a.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginTERMINATION OF MINNESOTA PREMIUM SECURITY PLAN.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of commerce, in consultation with the board of directors of the
Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, shall develop and implement a process to
terminate the Minnesota premium security plan authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section
62E.23, and reinsurance payments provided through the plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) The Minnesota premium security plan, and reinsurance payments provided through
the plan, must be completely terminated within 90 days of the effective date of this section.
new text end

new text begin (c) The Minnesota premium security plan shall not be financially responsible for any
reinsurance payments requested by an eligible health carrier after 60 days of the effective
date of this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginTRANSFER OF MINNESOTA PREMIUM SECURITY PLAN FUNDS.
new text end

new text begin (a) All funds in the Minnesota premium security plan account under Minnesota Statutes,
section 62E.25, must be transferred to the health care access fund established under
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.724, within ten days of the termination of the Minnesota
premium security plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), any funds attributable to the federal government
shall be transferred from the premium security plan account to the basic health plan trust
account in the federal fund.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2018 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of management and budget for premium assistance under section 1. This appropriation is
available through August 31, 2018.
new text end

new text begin (b) $....... in fiscal year 2018 is appropriated from the general fund to the legislative
auditor for purposes of Laws 2017, chapter 2, article 1, section 3, as amended by Laws
2017, chapter 13, article 2, section 5.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text begin REPEALER; MINNESOTA PREMIUM SECURITY PLAN.
new text end

new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, sections 1; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; and 15 new text end new text begin are
repealed.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 6, article 5, section 10, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2017 Supplement, sections 62E.21; 62E.22; 62E.23; 62E.24; and
62E.25,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective 90 days after final enactment.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 18-5448

62E.21 DEFINITIONS.

Subdivision 1.

Application.

For the purposes of sections 62E.21 to 62E.25, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2.

Affordable Care Act.

"Affordable Care Act" means the federal act as defined in section 62A.011, subdivision 1a.

Subd. 3.

Attachment point.

"Attachment point" means an amount as provided in section 62E.23, subdivision 2, paragraph (b).

Subd. 4.

Benefit year.

"Benefit year" means the calendar year for which an eligible health carrier provides coverage through an individual health plan.

Subd. 5.

Board.

"Board" means the board of directors of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association created under section 62E.10.

Subd. 6.

Coinsurance rate.

"Coinsurance rate" means the rate as provided in section 62E.23, subdivision 2, paragraph (c).

Subd. 7.

Commissioner.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce.

Subd. 8.

Eligible health carrier.

"Eligible health carrier" means all of the following that offer individual health plans and incur claims costs for an individual enrollee's covered benefits in the applicable benefit year:

(1) an insurance company licensed under chapter 60A to offer, sell, or issue a policy of accident and sickness insurance as defined in section 62A.01;

(2) a nonprofit health service plan corporation operating under chapter 62C; or

(3) a health maintenance organization operating under chapter 62D.

Subd. 9.

Individual health plan.

"Individual health plan" means a health plan as defined in section 62A.011, subdivision 4, that is not a grandfathered plan as defined in section 62A.011, subdivision 1b.

Subd. 10.

Individual market.

"Individual market" has the meaning given in section 62A.011, subdivision 5.

Subd. 11.

Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association or association.

"Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association" or "association" has the meaning given in section 62E.02, subdivision 14.

Subd. 12.

Minnesota premium security plan or plan.

"Minnesota premium security plan" or "plan" means the state-based reinsurance program authorized under section 62E.23.

Subd. 13.

Payment parameters.

"Payment parameters" means the attachment point, reinsurance cap, and coinsurance rate for the plan.

Subd. 14.

Reinsurance cap.

"Reinsurance cap" means the threshold amount as provided in section 62E.23, subdivision 2, paragraph (d).

Subd. 15.

Reinsurance payments.

"Reinsurance payments" means an amount paid by the association to an eligible health carrier under the plan.

62E.22 DUTIES OF COMMISSIONER.

The commissioner shall require eligible health carriers to calculate the premium amount the eligible health carrier would have charged for the benefit year if the Minnesota premium security plan had not been established. The eligible health carrier must submit this information as part of its rate filing. The commissioner must consider this information as part of the rate review.

62E.23 MINNESOTA PREMIUM SECURITY PLAN.

Subdivision 1.

Administration of plan.

(a) The association is Minnesota's reinsurance entity to administer the state-based reinsurance program referred to as the Minnesota premium security plan.

(b) The association may apply for any available federal funding for the plan. All funds received by or appropriated to the association shall be deposited in the premium security plan account in section 62E.25, subdivision 1. The association shall notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human services and insurance within ten days of receiving any federal funds.

(c) The association must collect or access data from an eligible health carrier that are necessary to determine reinsurance payments, according to the data requirements under subdivision 5, paragraph (c).

(d) The board must not use any funds allocated to the plan for staff retreats, promotional giveaways, excessive executive compensation, or promotion of federal or state legislative or regulatory changes.

(e) For each applicable benefit year, the association must notify eligible health carriers of reinsurance payments to be made for the applicable benefit year no later than June 30 of the year following the applicable benefit year.

(f) On a quarterly basis during the applicable benefit year, the association must provide each eligible health carrier with the calculation of total reinsurance payment requests.

(g) By August 15 of the year following the applicable benefit year, the association must disburse all applicable reinsurance payments to an eligible health carrier.

Subd. 2.

Payment parameters.

(a) The board must design and adjust the payment parameters to ensure the payment parameters:

(1) will stabilize or reduce premium rates in the individual market;

(2) will increase participation in the individual market;

(3) will improve access to health care providers and services for those in the individual market;

(4) mitigate the impact high-risk individuals have on premium rates in the individual market;

(5) take into account any federal funding available for the plan; and

(6) take into account the total amount available to fund the plan.

(b) The attachment point for the plan is the threshold amount for claims costs incurred by an eligible health carrier for an enrolled individual's covered benefits in a benefit year, beyond which the claims costs for benefits are eligible for reinsurance payments. The attachment point shall be set by the board at $50,000 or more, but not exceeding the reinsurance cap.

(c) The coinsurance rate for the plan is the rate at which the association will reimburse an eligible health carrier for claims incurred for an enrolled individual's covered benefits in a benefit year above the attachment point and below the reinsurance cap. The coinsurance rate shall be set by the board at a rate between 50 and 80 percent.

(d) The reinsurance cap is the threshold amount for claims costs incurred by an eligible health carrier for an enrolled individual's covered benefits, after which the claims costs for benefits are no longer eligible for reinsurance payments. The reinsurance cap shall be set by the board at $250,000 or less.

(e) The board may adjust the payment parameters to the extent necessary to secure federal approval of the state innovation waiver request in Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 8.

Subd. 3.

Operation.

(a) The board shall propose to the commissioner the payment parameters for the next benefit year by January 15 of the year before the applicable benefit year. The commissioner shall approve or reject the payment parameters no later than 14 days following the board's proposal. If the commissioner fails to approve or reject the payment parameters within 14 days following the board's proposal, the proposed payment parameters are final and effective.

(b) If the amount in the premium security plan account in section 62E.25, subdivision 1, is not anticipated to be adequate to fully fund the approved payment parameters as of July 1 of the year before the applicable benefit year, the board, in consultation with the commissioner and the commissioner of management and budget, shall propose payment parameters within the available appropriations. The commissioner must permit an eligible health carrier to revise an applicable rate filing based on the final payment parameters for the next benefit year.

Subd. 4.

Calculation of reinsurance payments.

(a) Each reinsurance payment must be calculated with respect to an eligible health carrier's incurred claims costs for an individual enrollee's covered benefits in the applicable benefit year. If the claims costs do not exceed the attachment point, the reinsurance payment is $0. If the claims costs exceed the attachment point, the reinsurance payment shall be calculated as the product of the coinsurance rate and the lesser of:

(1) the claims costs minus the attachment point; or

(2) the reinsurance cap minus the attachment point.

(b) The board must ensure that reinsurance payments made to eligible health carriers do not exceed the total amount paid by the eligible health carrier for any eligible claim. "Total amount paid of an eligible claim" means the amount paid by the eligible health carrier based upon the allowed amount less any deductible, coinsurance, or co-payment, as of the time the data are submitted or made accessible under subdivision 5, paragraph (c).

Subd. 5.

Eligible carrier requests for reinsurance payments.

(a) An eligible health carrier may request reinsurance payments from the association when the eligible health carrier meets the requirements of this subdivision and subdivision 4.

(b) An eligible health carrier must make requests for reinsurance payments in accordance with any requirements established by the board.

(c) An eligible health carrier must provide the association with access to the data within the dedicated data environment established by the eligible health carrier under the federal risk adjustment program under United States Code, title 42, section 18063. Eligible health carriers must submit an attestation to the board asserting compliance with the dedicated data environments, data requirements, establishment and usage of masked enrollee identification numbers, and data submission deadlines.

(d) An eligible health carrier must provide the access described in paragraph (c) for the applicable benefit year by April 30 of each year of the year following the end of the applicable benefit year.

(e) An eligible health carrier must maintain documents and records, whether paper, electronic, or in other media, sufficient to substantiate the requests for reinsurance payments made pursuant to this section for a period of at least six years. An eligible health carrier must also make those documents and records available upon request from the commissioner for purposes of verification, investigation, audit, or other review of reinsurance payment requests.

(f) An eligible health carrier may follow the appeals procedure under section 62E.10, subdivision 2a.

(g) The association may have an eligible health carrier audited to assess the health carrier's compliance with the requirements of this section. The eligible health carrier must ensure that its contractors, subcontractors, or agents cooperate with any audit under this section. If an audit results in a proposed finding of material weakness or significant deficiency with respect to compliance with any requirement of this section, the eligible health carrier may provide a response to the proposed finding within 30 days. Within 30 days of the issuance of a final audit report that includes a finding of material weakness or significant deficiency, the eligible health carrier must:

(1) provide a written corrective action plan to the association for approval;

(2) implement the approved plan; and

(3) provide the association with written documentation of the corrective action once taken.

Subd. 6.

Data.

Government data of the association under this section are private data on individuals, or nonpublic data, as defined under section 13.02, subdivision 9 or 12.

62E.24 ACCOUNTING, REPORTS, AND AUDITS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

Subdivision 1.

Accounting.

The board must keep an accounting for each benefit year of all:

(1) funds appropriated for reinsurance payments and administrative and operational expenses;

(2) requests for reinsurance payments received from eligible health carriers;

(3) reinsurance payments made to eligible health carriers; and

(4) administrative and operational expenses incurred for the plan.

Subd. 2.

Reports.

The board must submit to the commissioner and make available to the public a report summarizing the plan operations for each benefit year by posting the summary on the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association Web site and making the summary otherwise available by November 1 of the year following the applicable benefit year or 60 calendar days following the final disbursement of reinsurance payments for the applicable benefit year, whichever is later.

Subd. 3.

Legislative auditor.

The Minnesota premium security plan is subject to audit by the legislative auditor. The board must ensure that its contractors, subcontractors, or agents cooperate with the audit.

Subd. 4.

Independent external audit.

(a) The board must engage and cooperate with an independent certified public accountant or CPA firm licensed or permitted under chapter 326A to perform an audit for each benefit year of the plan, in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The audit must at a minimum:

(1) assess compliance with the requirements of sections 62E.21 to 62E.25; and

(2) identify any material weaknesses or significant deficiencies and address manners in which to correct any such material weaknesses or deficiencies.

(b) The board, after receiving the completed audit, must:

(1) provide the commissioner the results of the audit;

(2) identify to the commissioner any material weakness or significant deficiency identified in the audit and address in writing to the commissioner how the board intends to correct any such material weakness or significant deficiency in compliance with subdivision 5; and

(3) make public the results of the audit, to the extent the audit contains government data that is public, including any material weakness or significant deficiency and how the board intends to correct the material weakness or significant deficiency, by posting the audit results on the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association Web site and making the audit results otherwise available.

Subd. 5.

Actions on audit findings.

(a) If an audit results in a finding of material weakness or significant deficiency with respect to compliance by the association with any requirement under sections 62E.21 to 62E.25, the board must:

(1) provide a written corrective action plan to the commissioner for approval within 60 days of the completed audit;

(2) implement the corrective action plan; and

(3) provide the commissioner with written documentation of the corrective actions taken.

(b) By December 1 of each year, the board must submit a report to the standing committees of the legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services and insurance regarding any finding of material weakness or significant deficiency found in an audit.

62E.25 ACCOUNTS.

Subdivision 1.

Premium security plan account.

The premium security plan account is created in the special revenue fund of the state treasury. Funds in the account are appropriated annually to the commissioner of commerce for grants to the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association for the operational and administrative costs and reinsurance payments relating to the start-up and operation of the Minnesota premium security plan. Notwithstanding section 11A.20, all investment income and all investment losses attributable to the investment of the premium security plan account shall be credited to the premium security plan account.

Subd. 2.

Deposits.

Except as provided in subdivision 3, funds received by the commissioner of commerce or other state agency pursuant to the state innovation waiver request in Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 8, shall be deposited in the premium security plan account in subdivision 1.

Subd. 3.

Basic health plan trust account.

Funds received by the commissioner of commerce or other state agency pursuant to the state innovation waiver request in Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 8, that are attributable to the basic health program shall be deposited in the basic health plan trust account in the federal fund.

Repealed Minnesota Session Laws: 18-5448

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 1

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 62E.10, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Board of directors; organization.

The board of directors of the association shall be made up of deleted text beginelevendeleted text endnew text begin 13new text end members as follows: six directors selected by contributing members, subject to approval by the commissioner, one of which must be a health actuary;new text begin two directors selected by the commissioner of human services, one of whom must represent hospitals and one of whom must represent health care providers;new text end five public directors selected by the commissioner, at least two of whom must be deleted text beginplan enrollees, two of whom are covered under an individual plan subject to assessment under section 62E.11 or group plan offered by an employer subject to assessment under section 62E.11,deleted text endnew text begin enrollees in the individual marketnew text end and one of whom must be a licensed insurance agent. At least two of the public directors must reside outside of the seven-county metropolitan area. In determining voting rights at members' meetings, each member shall be entitled to vote in person or proxy. deleted text beginThe vote shall be a weighted vote based upon the member's cost of self-insurance, accident and health insurance premium, subscriber contract charges, health maintenance contract payment, or community integrated service network payment derived from or on behalf of Minnesota residents in the previous calendar year, as determined by the commissioner.deleted text end In approving directors of the board, the commissioner shall consider, among other things, whether all types of members are fairly represented. Directors selected by contributing members may be reimbursed from the money of the association for expenses incurred by them as directors, but shall not otherwise be compensated by the association for their services. deleted text beginThe costs of conducting meetings of the association and its board of directors shall be borne by members of the association.deleted text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 10

Sec. 10. new text beginPREMIUM SECURITY PLAN CONTINGENT ON FEDERAL WAIVER.new text end

new text begin If the state innovation waiver request in article 1, section 8, is not approved, the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association and its board of directors shall not administer the Minnesota premium security plan and provide reinsurance payments to eligible health carriers. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 11

Sec. 11. new text beginPAYMENT PARAMETERS FOR 2018.new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.23, and subject to paragraph (b), the Minnesota premium security plan payment parameters for benefit year 2018 are: new text end

new text begin (1) an attachment point of $50,000; new text end

new text begin (2) a coinsurance rate of 80 percent; and new text end

new text begin (3) a reinsurance cap of $250,000. new text end

new text begin (b) The board of directors of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association may alter the payment parameters to the extent necessary to secure federal approval of the state innovation waiver request in article 1, section 8. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 12

Sec. 12. new text beginDEPOSIT OF FUNDS.new text end

new text begin (a) Within ten days of the effective date of this section, the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.02, subdivision 14, shall deposit all money, including monetary reserves, the association holds into the premium security plan account in Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.25, subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association may retain funds necessary to fulfill medical needs and contractual obligations in place for former Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association enrollees until December 31, 2018. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 13

Sec. 13. new text beginDISPOSITION AND SETTLEMENTS.new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.09, and any other law to the contrary, the board of directors of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.02, subdivision 14, shall have authority: new text end

new text begin (1) over the disposition and settlement of all funds held by the association, including prior assessments, to the extent funds have not been transferred pursuant to article 1, section 12; and new text end

new text begin (2) to settle and make determinations regarding litigation pending on the effective date of this act, including litigation that impacts funds held by the association. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 14

Sec. 14. new text beginLEGISLATIVE WORKING GROUP.new text end

new text begin A legislative working group is established consisting of the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate committees with jurisdiction over commerce, health and human services finance and policy, and human services reform finance and policy and the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over commerce and regulatory reform, health and human services finance, and health and human services reform. The purpose of the working group is to advise the board of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association on the adoption of payment parameters and other elements of a reinsurance plan for benefit year 2019. The commissioner of commerce must provide technical assistance for the working group, and must review and monitor the following to serve as a resource for the working group: new text end

new text begin (1) the effectiveness of reinsurance models adopted in Alaska and other states in stabilizing premiums in the individual market and the related costs thereof; new text end

new text begin (2) the effect of federal health reform legislation on the Minnesota premium security plan, including but not limited to funding for the plan; and new text end

new text begin (3) the status of the health care access fund, and issues relating to its potential continued use as a source of funding for the Minnesota premium security plan. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 15 by Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 6, article 5, section 10

Sec. 10.

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 15, is amended to read:


Sec. 15. MINNESOTA PREMIUM SECURITY PLAN FUNDING.

(a) The Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association shall fund the operational and administrative costs and reinsurance payments of the Minnesota security plan and association using the following amounts deposited in the premium security plan account in Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.25, subdivision 1, in the following order:

(1) any federal funding available;

(2) funds deposited under article 1, sections 12 and 13;

(3) any state funds from the health care access fund; and

(4) any state funds from the general fund.

(b) The association shall transfer from the premium security plan account any state funds not used for the Minnesota premium security plan by June 30, 2021, to the commissioner of commerce. Any amount transferred to the commissioner of commerce shall be deposited in the

health care access fund in Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.724.

(c) The Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association may not spend more than $271,000,000 for benefit year 2018 and not more than $271,000,000 for benefit year 2019 for the operational and administrative costs of, and reinsurance payments under, the Minnesota premium security plan.

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 7

Sec. 7.

Laws 2013, chapter 9, section 15, is amended to read:


Sec. 15. MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSOCIATION TERMINATION.

new text begin(a) new text endThe commissioner of commerce, in consultation with the board of directors of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, has the authority to develop and implement the phase-out and eventual appropriate termination of coverage provided by the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 62E. The phase-out of coverage shall begin no sooner than January 1, 2014, or upon the effective date of the operation of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace and the ability to purchase qualified health plans through the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace, whichever is later, and shall, to the extent practicable, ensure the least amount of disruption to the enrollees' health care coverage. The member assessments established under Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.11, shall take into consideration any phase-out of coverage implemented under this section.

new text begin (b) Nothing in paragraph (a) applies to the Minnesota premium security plan, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.21, subdivision 12. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 8

Sec. 8. new text beginSTATE INNOVATION WAIVER.new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Submission of waiver application. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of commerce shall apply to the secretary of health and human services under United States Code, title 42, section 18052, for a state innovation waiver to implement the Minnesota premium security plan for benefit years beginning January 1, 2018, and future years, to maximize federal funding. The waiver application must clearly state that operation of the Minnesota premium security plan is contingent on approval of the waiver request. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Consultation. new text end

new text begin In developing the waiver application, the commissioner shall consult with the commissioner of human services, the commissioner of health, and the MNsure board. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Application timelines; notification. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall submit the waiver application to the secretary of health and human services on or before June 15, 2017. The commissioner shall make a draft application available for public review and comment by May 15, 2017. The commissioner shall notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human services and insurance, and the board of directors of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association of any federal actions regarding the waiver request. new text end

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 9

Sec. 9. new text beginCOSTS RELATED TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS ACT.new text end

new text begin A state agency that incurs administrative costs to implement any provision of this act and does not receive an appropriation for administrative costs of this act must implement the act within the limits of existing appropriations. new text end

Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 6, article 5, section 10

Sec. 10.

Laws 2017, chapter 13, article 1, section 15, is amended to read:


Sec. 15. MINNESOTA PREMIUM SECURITY PLAN FUNDING.

(a) The Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association shall fund the operational and administrative costs and reinsurance payments of the Minnesota security plan and association using the following amounts deposited in the premium security plan account in Minnesota Statutes, section 62E.25, subdivision 1, in the following order:

(1) any federal funding available;

(2) funds deposited under article 1, sections 12 and 13;

(3) any state funds from the health care access fund; and

(4) any state funds from the general fund.

(b) The association shall transfer from the premium security plan account any deleted text begingeneral fund amountdeleted text endnew text begin state fundsnew text end not used for the Minnesota premium security plan by June 30, 2021, to the commissioner of commerce. Any amount transferred to the commissioner of commerce shall be deposited in the deleted text begingeneral fund.deleted text end

deleted text begin(c) The association shall transfer from the premium security plan account any health care access fund amount not used for the Minnesota premium security plan by June 30, 2021, to the commissioner of commerce. Any amount transferred to the commissioner of commerce shall be deposited in thedeleted text end health care access fund in Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.724.

deleted text begin(d)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end The Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association may not spend more than $271,000,000 for benefit year 2018 and not more than $271,000,000 for benefit year 2019 for the operational and administrative costs of, and reinsurance payments under, the Minnesota premium security plan.