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SF 720

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/31/2019 03:38pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health care; creating a MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option for individuals
with income greater than 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; proposing
coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256L.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [256L.29] MINNESOTACARE BUY-IN OPTION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Request for federal authority. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of human services
shall seek all necessary federal waivers to establish the MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option under
this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall also seek all necessary federal waivers to:
new text end

new text begin (1) offer the MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option through the MNsure website as a coverage
option and to be compared with qualified health plans offered through the MNsure website;
and
new text end

new text begin (2) maintain MinnesotaCare program requirements and funding mechanisms that provide
coverage to persons eligible under section 256L.04.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner is exempt from the requirements in chapter 16C to contract for
actuarial services that satisfy the waiver submission requirements under this subdivision.
The commissioner may utilize existing contracts to satisfy the waiver submission
requirements of this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) coordinate administration of the MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option with the
MinnesotaCare program, as described in section 256L.04, to maximize efficiency and
improve continuity of care for enrollees;
new text end

new text begin (2) implement mechanisms to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of
MinnesotaCare and mitigate any adverse financial impacts to the state and MNsure and
mitigate any adverse financial impacts to the individual and group insurance markets. These
mechanisms must minimize adverse selection, state financial risk and contribution, and
negative impacts to premiums in the individual and group health insurance markets; and
new text end

new text begin (3) establish a cost allocation methodology to reimburse MNsure operations in lieu of
the premium withhold for qualified health plans under section 62V.05.
new text end

new text begin (b) An individual who is determined eligible for enrollment in a qualified health plan
according to Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.305, paragraph (a), and
whose income is greater than 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines is eligible to
purchase and enroll in a MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option health plan.
new text end

new text begin (c) The MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option shall be considered the MinnesotaCare program
for purposes of the requirements for health maintenance organizations under section 62D.04,
subdivision 5, and providers under section 256B.0644.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner has the authority to accept and expend all enrollee premiums and
federal funds made available under this section upon federal approval.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Establishment of health plans. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall establish two
MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option health plans: one health plan shall provide benefits that are
actuarially equivalent to 70 percent of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under
the health plan, and one health plan shall provide benefits that are actuarially equivalent to
80 percent of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under the health plan. The
benefits of the health plans shall be based on the benefits provided in section 256L.03.
new text end

new text begin (b) The same annual open and special enrollment periods established for individual
health plans under section 62K.15 shall apply to enrolling in the MinnesotaCare Buy-In
Option health plans. The MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option health plans shall be offered through
the MNsure website as defined in section 62V.02, subdivision 13, and may be offered outside
of MNsure.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner may contract with vendors to provide services consistent with
sections 256L.12 and 256L.121, or contract directly with health care providers.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Premium administration and payment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall establish an
annual per-enrollee premium rate sufficient to cover state administrative costs and payments
by the state to participating entities under sections 256L.12 and 256L.121, or to health care
providers.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Health plans established under this section shall be offered
beginning January 1, 2021, or upon federal approval, whichever is later. The commissioner
of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes when federal approval is obtained.
new text end