Relates to municipal cooperative health benefit plans.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Montgomery
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to municipal cooperative health benefit plans
PURPOSE: To expand participation in municipal cooperative health benefit plans to include local authorities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 4702 (f) is amended to expand the definition of "municipal corporation" to include a local authority as defined in section 2 of the public authorities law.
EXISTING LAW: Current law defines "municipal corporation" as a city with a population of less than one million, county outside NYC, town, village, BOCES, school district, public library or a business improvement district.
JUSTIFICATION: Article 47 establishes Municipal Health Cooperative Health Benefit Plans to provide a mechanism for municipalities to band together to collectively purchase health insurance and prescription drug coverage at a reasonable rate for their covered employees and retirees. In 2010, the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium was established, making this the first municipal cooperative health benefit plan to be created since Article 47 was enacted in 1993. Currently, the only entities eligible to participate in municipal cooperative health benefit plans are local governments outside of New York City, BOCES, school districts, public libraries, or business improvement districts. Numerous other quasi-governmental agencies have expressed interest in joining the Tompkins County consortium, including soil and water conservation districts and transit authorities. Since these agencies are supported with public funds. it seems prudent to allow them to join with other consortium members as a means of purchasing lower cost health insurance for their employees.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 120 days after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5040 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to municipal cooperative health benefit plans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subsection (f) of section 4702 of the insurance law, as added by chapter 689 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: (f) "Municipal corporation" means within the state of New York, a city with a population of less than one million or a county outside the city of New York, town, village, board of cooperative educational services, school district, a public library, as defined in section two hundred fifty-three of the education law,
[or]A district [,]as defined in section one hundred nineteen-n of the general municipal law, OR A LOCAL AUTHORITY AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen- tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11008-01-1