OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 15

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

SUMMARY:

This bill adds an active insurance producer (agent), appointed by the governor, to the voting members of the board of the Connecticut Health Exchange. The governor must make the initial appointment by October 1, 2014. The initial appointee must serve a term of two years. Subsequent appointees serve four-year terms.

Unlike the existing members, while serving on the board the producer member can be:

1. employed by, a consultant to, a member of the board of directors of, affiliated with, or otherwise a representative of (a) an insurer, (b) an insurance producer or broker, (c) a health care provider, or (d) a health care facility or health or medical clinic or

2. a member of, a member of the board of, a consultant to, or an employee of a trade association of these entities.

The bill correspondingly increases, from six to seven, the number of board members who constitute a quorum to transact business and exercise the exchange's powers.

The board currently consists of two gubernatorial appointees, six members appointed by the legislative leaders, and two groups of ex-officio members. The social service commissioner, Office of Policy and Management secretary, and the healthcare advocate are ex-officio, voting members. The insurance, mental health and addiction services, and public health commissioners are ex-officio, nonvoting members. All of these officials can name designees.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Insurance and Real Estate Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

18

Nay

0

(03/13/2014)