Legislative Alert: Oppose Governor's Substitutes on Group Health Plans

Legislative Alert: Oppose Governor's Substitutes on Group Health Plans
This year, the Hampton Roads Chamber signaled support for several bills that attempt to address the challenge of rising health care costs for small businesses, but we still need your help and ask that you contact your legislator(s) to oppose the Governor’s substitutes for SB1689 and HB 2443.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!
OPPOSE GOVERNOR’S SUBTITUTES ON GROUP HEALTH PLANS

One of the most pressing concerns we hear from members is the ever-increasing cost of health insurance coverage. This year, the Hampton Roads Chamber signaled support for several bills that attempt to address the challenge of rising health care costs for small businesses, but we still need your help and ask that you contact your legislator(s) to oppose the Governor’s substitutes for SB1689 and HB 2443.

Group Health Plan Legislative Update

HB2443 and SB1689, relating to group health benefit plans, have been fully substituted by the Governor. SB1689 and HB2443 are expected to be heard in Senate Finance on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

The Governor’s substitutes as written, destroys the spirit of the Consortium concept. The Hampton Roads Chamber believes that allowing organizations to offer health insurance plans to small businesses will expand access to affordable health care coverage options for small employers.

The Chamber remains committed to expanding access to health care coverage and minimizing cost for small businesses and employers.

Please contact your Senator(s) and Delegate(s) and express your opposition to the Governor’s proposed substitutes by April 3, 2019.

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The Governor’s Substitutes:

  • As written, it negates the intent of the original bill, which helps employees & small business owners in Virginia
  • They require Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) to be fully subject to the Affordable Care Act.
  • Mandates a concept called “community rating,” which increases the cost of health insurance.
  • It changes the definition of a small employer to exclude sole proprietors, which represent Close to 600,000 non-employer establishments in Virginia.
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