Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/29/1994 03:00 PM L&C

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  HB 538 - UNIFORM HEALTH CARE CLAIMS PROCEDURES                               
  Number 010                                                                   
  REP. CYNTHIA TOOHEY presented HB 538.  She read the                          
  following sponsor statement:                                                 
  This bill would give the Division of Insurance the ability                   
  to adopt, by regulation, uniform insurance claims forms.                     
  This piece of legislation was derived from HB 414, the                       
  governor's comprehensive health care bill.  While there is                   
  definitely the need for overall health care reform, there is                 
  the possibility that these comprehensive changes will not                    
  pass this year.  I feel that it is important to have some                    
  mechanism in place for the development of the uniform claims                 
  form, which will at least get us started in the right                        
  The Division of Insurance has submitted a zero fiscal note                   
  for HB 538.  I urge your favorable consideration of this                     
  important piece of legislation.                                              
  REP. TOOHEY offered a short amendment to the HB 538 on page                  
  2, Section 2, lines 6 and 7:  delete all material and insert                 
  *Sec. 2.  By July 1, 1995, the director of the Division of                   
  Insurance shall adopt regulations necessary to implement the                 
  uniform claim form described by Sec. 1 of this act.                          
  Number 056                                                                   
  REP. MULDER asked if the HESS Committee had any questions in                 
  relation to disclosure of costs or fees by medical                           
  Number 061                                                                   
  REP. TOOHEY stated that it was a concern of the committee.                   
  Number 067                                                                   
  REP. MULDER asked if Rep. Toohey thought it had support                      
  among the HESS Committee members.                                            
  Number 069                                                                   
  REP. TOOHEY replied yes.                                                     
  Number 074                                                                   
  REP. MULDER asked if she thought it worthwhile to add it to                  
  the bill or would it detract.                                                
  Number 079                                                                   
  REP. TOOHEY stated it would detract at this time.                            
  Number 087                                                                   
  DAVE WALSH, Director, Division of Insurance, Department of                   
  Commerce and Economic Development, agreed with Rep. Toohey                   
  that adding a provision requiring disclosure of costs by                     
  medical providers would be risky for the bill at this point.                 
  Number 104                                                                   
  REP. PORTER asked for the executive summary of what this                     
  form is and who uses it.                                                     
  Number 108                                                                   
  MR. WALSH replied that the forms people send in to their                     
  insurance companies after going to a doctor differ from                      
  company to company.                                                          
  MR. WALSH explained that this increases administrative work                  
  for the companies, the consumer and in terms of any data                     
  collection.  One claim form would ease this burden.                          
  Number 131                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON asked if there were any other states                         
  attempting similar activities.                                               
  Number 135                                                                   
  MR. WALSH replied that there were a number of states as well                 
  as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners who                   
  are working towards the single claim form.                                   
  Number 140                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON asked how this bill would be regulated and                   
  what would be the savings to the public.                                     
  Number 146                                                                   
  MR. WALSH asserted that they wouldn't even have to mandate                   
  that everyone use the same form since doing so would be                      
  beneficial to everyone.                                                      
  MR. WALSH answered that it would be very speculative and he                  
  would not want to venture a guess except to say it would be                  
  Number 161                                                                   
  REP. TOOHEY added that there would be a significant savings                  
  in data collection.                                                          
  Number 165                                                                   
  REP. PORTER moved Amendment 1.  No objections were heard; it                 
  was so ordered.                                                              
  Number 185                                                                   
  REP. MULDER moved CSHB 538(L&C) with individual                              
  recommendations and zero fiscal note.  No objections were                    
  heard; it was so ordered.                                                    
  Number 205                                                                   
  (Note:  The committee stood at ease from Number 205 to                       
  Number 242 while the chairman reviewed some notes.)                          

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