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2006-04-28 House Journal

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2006-04-28                     House Journal                      Page 3408
HB 29                                                                                             
The following was read the second time:                                                             
                                                                                                    
     HOUSE BILL NO. 29                                                                              
     "An Act relating to health care insurance and to the                                           
     Comprehensive Health Insurance Association; and providing for                                  
     an effective date."                                                                            
                                                                                                    
with the:                                                    Journal Page                           
                                                                                                    
 L&C RPT CS(L&C) NT 6DP                                              2982                           
 FN1: (CED)                                                          2983                           
 HES REFERRAL WAIVED                                                 3139                           
 FIN RPT CS(L&C) NT 2DP 5NR                                          3367                           
 FN1: (CED)                                                          3368                           
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
**The presence of Representatives Guttenberg and Kerttula was                                       
noted.                                                                                              
                                                                                                    

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Representative Coghill moved and asked unanimous consent that the                                   
following committee substitute be adopted in lieu of the original bill:                             
                                                                                                    
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 29(L&C)                                                                  
     "An Act relating to health care insurance and to the                                           
     Comprehensive Health Insurance Association."                                                   
                                                                                                    
There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                        
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
Amendment No. 1 was offered by Representative Cissna:                                               
                                                                                                    
Page 1, following line 3:                                                                           
 Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                 
   "* Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended                             
by adding a new section to read:                                                                    
 LEGISLATIVE INTENT. The intent of the Legislature is to                                            
establish a task force to conduct a study on factors leading to the                                 
increasing cost of health care and insurance, the market forces which                               
drive the growing number of uninsured, and include the effects of cost                              
shifting in the medical care and health insurance industries, and                                   
identify the economic impact of the rising cost of health care and                                  
insurance in Alaska.  The task force will identify and solicit funding                              
from the federal government and private foundations for the costs of                                
the study.  The task force will provide a report to the legislature by the                          
   th                                                                                               
60 day of the 2007 legislative session.  The report will detail findings                            
and data and offer recommendations for legislative strategies."                                     
                                                                                                    
Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                   
                                                                                                    
Representative Cissna moved and asked unanimous consent that                                        
Amendment No. 1 be adopted.                                                                         
                                                                                                    
Representative Rokeberg objected.                                                                   
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
**The presence of Representatives Kapsner and Joule was noted.                                      
                                                                                                    
The question being:  "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?"  The roll                                  
was taken with the following result:                                                                

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CSHB 29(L&C)                                                                                        
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 1                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
YEAS:  13   NAYS:  26   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  1                                                  
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Berkowitz, Cissna, Crawford, Croft, Gara, Gardner, Gruenberg,                                
Guttenberg, Joule, Kapsner, Kerttula, Moses, Salmon                                                 
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Anderson, Chenault, Coghill, Dahlstrom, Elkins, Foster, Gatto,                               
Harris, Holm, Kelly, Kohring, Kott, LeDoux, Lynn, McGuire, Meyer,                                   
Neuman, Olson, Ramras, Rokeberg, Samuels, Seaton, Stoltze,                                          
Thomas, Weyhrauch, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                    
Absent:  Hawker                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
And so, Amendment No. 1 was not adopted.                                                            
                                                                                                    
Amendment No. 2 was offered by Representative Croft:                                                
                                                                                                    
Page 3, following line 25:                                                                          
 Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                 
   "* Sec. 8. AS 23.10 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                
      Sec. 23.10.700.  Employer Health Care Insurance.  Every                                     
     employer in the state of Alaska with more than 2,000 employees                                 
     shall provide health care insurance to its full time employees that                            
     meets minimum levels to be established by the Department of                                    
     Labor."                                                                                        
                                                                                                    
Renumber the following bill section accordingly.                                                    
                                                                                                    
Representative Croft moved and asked unanimous consent that                                         
Amendment No. 2 be adopted.                                                                         
                                                                                                    
Representative Rokeberg objected.                                                                   
                                                                                                    
Amendment to Amendment No. 2 was offered by Representative                                          
Gardner:                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Following "insurance":                                                                              
 Delete "to its full time employees"                                                                
 Insert ","                                                                                         
                                                                                                    

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Following "Department of Labor":                                                                    
 Insert ", to its full time employees"                                                              
                                                                                                    
Representative Gardner moved and asked unanimous consent that                                       
Amendment to Amendment No. 2 be adopted.  There being no                                            
objection, it was so ordered.                                                                       
                                                                                                    
The question being:  "Shall Amendment No. 2 as amended be                                           
adopted?"  The roll was taken with the following result:                                            
                                                                                                    
CSHB 29(L&C)                                                                                        
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 2 as amended                                                                          
                                                                                                    
YEAS:  14   NAYS:  25   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  1                                                  
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Berkowitz, Cissna, Crawford, Croft, Elkins, Gara, Gardner,                                   
Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Harris, Kapsner, Kerttula, Moses, Salmon                                     
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Anderson, Chenault, Coghill, Dahlstrom, Foster, Gatto, Holm,                                 
Joule, Kelly, Kohring, Kott, LeDoux, Lynn, McGuire, Meyer,                                          
Neuman, Olson, Ramras, Rokeberg, Samuels, Seaton, Stoltze,                                          
Thomas, Weyhrauch, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                    
Absent:  Hawker                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
And so, Amendment No. 2 as amended was not adopted.                                                 
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
Amendment No. 3 was offered by Representative Berkowitz:                                            
                                                                                                    
Page 3, following line 25:                                                                          
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   "* Sec. 8. AS 47.07.020(b)(13) is amended to read:                                             
       (13) persons under 19 years of age who are not covered                                       
     under (a) of this section and whose household income does not                                  
     exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline as defined                             
     by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and revised                                 
     under 42 U.S.C. 9902(2);                                                                   
           [(A) $1,635 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                     
         CONSISTS OF ONE PERSON;                                                                    
           (B) $2,208 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF TWO PERSONS;                                                                   

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           (C) $2,782 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF THREE PERSONS;                                                                 
           (D) $3,355 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF FOUR PERSONS;                                                                  
           (E) $3,928 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF FIVE PERSONS;                                                                  
           (F) $4,501 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF SIX PERSONS;                                                                   
           (G) $5,074 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF SEVEN PERSONS;                                                                 
           (H) $5,647 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF EIGHT PERSONS;                                                                 
           (I) $5,647 A MONTH, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL                                                   
         $574 A MONTH FOR EACH EXTRA PERSON ABOVE                                                   
         EIGHT PERSONS WHO IS IN THE HOUSEHOLD IF THE                                               
         HOUSEHOLD CONSISTS OF NINE PERSONS OR                                                      
         MORE;]                                                                                     
   * Sec. 9. AS 47.07.020(b)(14) is amended to read:                                              
       (14) pregnant women who are not covered under (a) of                                         
     this section and whose household income does not exceed 200                                
     percent of the federal poverty line as defined by the Federal                              
     Office of Management and Budget and revised under 42                                       
     U.S.C. 9902(2).                                                                            
           [(A) $2,208 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                     
         CONSISTS OF TWO PERSONS;                                                                   
           (B) $2,782 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF THREE PERSONS;                                                                 
           (C) $3,355 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF FOUR PERSONS;                                                                  
           (D) $3,928 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF FIVE PERSONS;                                                                  
           (E) $4,501 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF SIX PERSONS;                                                                   
           (F) $5,074 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF SEVEN PERSONS;                                                                 
           (G) $5,647 A MONTH IF THE HOUSEHOLD                                                      
         CONSISTS OF EIGHT PERSONS;                                                                 
           (H) $5,647 A MONTH, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL                                                   
         $574 A MONTH FOR EACH EXTRA PERSON ABOVE                                                   
         EIGHT PERSONS WHO IS IN THE HOUSEHOLD IF THE                                               

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         HOUSEHOLD CONSISTS OF NINE PERSONS OR                                                      
         MORE;]"                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                   
                                                                                                    
Representative Berkowitz moved and asked unanimous consent that                                     
Amendment No. 3 be adopted.                                                                         
                                                                                                    
There was objection.                                                                                
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    
The question being:  "Shall Amendment No. 3 be adopted?"  The roll                                  
was taken with the following result:                                                                
                                                                                                    
CSHB 29(L&C)                                                                                        
Second Reading                                                                                      
Amendment No. 3                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
YEAS:  14   NAYS:  25   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  1                                                  
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Berkowitz, Cissna, Crawford, Croft, Elkins, Gara, Gardner,                                   
Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Joule, Kapsner, Kerttula, Moses, Salmon                                      
                                                                                                    
Nays:  Anderson, Chenault, Coghill, Dahlstrom, Foster, Gatto, Harris,                               
Holm, Kelly, Kohring, Kott, LeDoux, Lynn, McGuire, Meyer,                                           
Neuman, Olson, Ramras, Rokeberg, Samuels, Seaton, Stoltze,                                          
Thomas, Weyhrauch, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                    
Absent:  Hawker                                                                                     
                                                                                                    
And so, Amendment No. 3 was not adopted.                                                            
                                                                                                    
Amendment No. 4 (title amendment) was offered by Representatives                                    
Kerttula and Crawford:                                                                              
                                                                                                    
Page 1, line 1, following "relating to":                                                          
 Delete "health care insurance and to"                                                            
                                                                                                    
Page 1, line 2, following "Association":                                                          
 Insert "; granting a 50 percent premium tax credit for                                           
assessments against members of the Comprehensive Health                                           
Insurance Association; requiring members to provide information                                   
to the association's board of directors or the director of the                                    

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division of insurance; modifying voting rights for the association                                
members by basing their exercise on a member's share of                                           
assessments; basing assessments on major medical premiums, not                                    
contract fees; modifying the manner of determining members'                                       
liabilities for losses; and changing the definition of "major                                     
medical" coverage for purpose of state health insurance and                                       
providing for exclusions to major medical coverage."                                              
                                                                                                    
Representative Kerttula moved and asked unanimous consent that                                      
Amendment No. 4 be adopted.                                                                         
                                                                                                    
Representative Rokeberg objected.                                                                   
                                                                                                    
Amendment to Amendment No. 4 was offered by Representative                                          
Kerttula:                                                                                           
                                                                                                    
Following "premiums":                                                                             
 Delete ", not contract fees"                                                                     
                                                                                                    
Representative Kerttula moved and asked unanimous consent that                                      
Amendment to Amendment No. 4 be adopted.  There being no                                            
objection, it was so ordered.                                                                       
                                                                                                    
Representative Rokeberg withdrew the objection.  There being no                                     
further objection, Amendment No. 4 as amended was adopted, and the                                  
new title follows:                                                                                  
                                                                                                    
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 29(L&C)(title am)                                                        
     "An Act relating to the Comprehensive Health Insurance                                         
     Association; granting a 50 percent premium tax credit for                                      
     assessments against members of the Comprehensive Health                                        
     Insurance Association; requiring members to provide information                                
     to the association's board of directors or the director of the                                 
     division of insurance; modifying voting rights for the association                             
     members by basing their exercise on a member's share of                                        
     assessments; basing assessments on major medical premiums;                                     
     modifying the manner of determining members' liabilities for                                   
     losses; and changing the definition of "major medical" coverage                                
     for purpose of state health insurance and providing for exclusions                             
     to major medical coverage."                                                                    
                                                                                                    

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Representative Coghill moved and asked unanimous consent that                                       
CSHB 29(L&C)(title am) be considered engrossed, advanced to third                                   
reading, and placed on final passage.  There being no objection, it was                             
so ordered.                                                                                         
                                                                                                    
CSHB 29(L&C)(title am) was read the third time.                                                     
                                                                                                    
The question being:  "Shall CSHB 29(L&C)(title am) pass the                                         
House?"  The roll was taken with the following result:                                              
                                                                                                    
CSHB 29(L&C)(title am)                                                                              
Third Reading                                                                                       
Final Passage                                                                                       
                                                                                                    
YEAS:  36   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  4                                                   
                                                                                                    
Yeas:  Berkowitz, Chenault, Cissna, Coghill, Crawford, Croft,                                       
Dahlstrom, Elkins, Foster, Gara, Gardner, Gatto, Gruenberg,                                         
Guttenberg, Harris, Holm, Joule, Kapsner, Kelly, Kerttula, Kohring,                                 
Kott, LeDoux, Lynn, Meyer, Moses, Neuman, Olson, Ramras,                                            
Rokeberg, Salmon, Samuels, Seaton, Stoltze, Thomas, Wilson                                          
                                                                                                    
Absent:  Anderson, Hawker, McGuire, Weyhrauch                                                       
                                                                                                    
And so, CSHB 29(L&C)(title am) passed the House and was referred                                    
to the Chief Clerk for engrossment.