News & Happenings

Legislative Report October 2020

Oct 14, 2020

The Surprise Billing Legislative package was concurred by the House and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. It was passed near unanimously in both chambers. It is expected that the Governor will sign the legislation.

Senator Dan Lauwers introduced SB 1126. The legislation is designed to increase the claims data available to employer groups of over 100 employees. It will require that 2 years of viable claims data be made available, on request of the registered agent of record, in a manner than can be provided to any insurer to garner accurate, viable bids for your client’s health insurance. The bill is in the Senate Insurance Committee.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled the Governor exceeded her authority in declaring an emergency under the 1945 Emergency Powers Act. In response, the legislature passed numerous bills codifying parts of previous orders including extending unemployment from 20 to 26 weeks, protections for workers and businesses related to COVID, immunity for health care workers and allowing for public hearings to happen virtually. These bills were negotiated with the Governor and are expected to be signed.