OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6323

AN ACT MAKING CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE INSURANCE STATUTES PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND ESTABLISHING A STATE HEALTH PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

This bill creates the Connecticut Health Partnership Exchange (the Exchange). The Exchange is a quasi-public agency tasked with implementing the insurance exchange requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The Exchange will have ongoing operational costs that will depend upon the administrative structures that are developed by the board. For purposes of comparison, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (with roughly twice the population of Connecticut), established a health insurance exchange in 2007. Initial operating costs were $19. 5 million in the first year and $29. 9 million in the second year. However, the Massachusetts Exchange is tasked with administering a publically subsidized health insurance program, which is outside the scope of this bill. Therefore, the cost of the Connecticut exchange is likely to be proportionately less.

The bill specifies that the Exchange can charge assessments or user fees to insurers to generate necessary funding to support operations. Connecticut has received an exchange planning grant from the federal government of $996,848. Under PPACA, additional federal funds are available to assist states in the implementation of the health insurance exchanges. A consortium of the six New England states has already been granted $35. 6 million to develop an on-line gateway to health insurance options.

This bill also makes numerous changes that conform statute to federal requirements and current practices.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.