HEALTH CARE COST REDUCTION LEGISLATION TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
- Tuesday, June 19, 2012
On Thursday, June 15 the MA Legislature sent both House and Senate health care cost containment proposals to a Conference Committee to work out the differences between the two proposals. Appointed from the Senate to the Conference Committee were: Senator Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), Senator Anthony Petruccelli (D-Boston) and Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). House appointees include: Representative Steven Walsh (D-Lynn), Representative Ron Mariano (D-Quincy) and Representative F. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield). Members of the Conference Committee are charged with working out the differences between the proposals from each branch (H4155 and S2270), however each proposal contains similar language that does not penalize businesses that offer health care to their employees but do not meet the required threshold of enrollees to avoid a penalty because those employees are enrolled in another plan, such as those offered by their spouse or parents. Slight differences exist in each of these approaches to help employees avoid the penalty, such as MFA’s Board member Ronn Garry of Tropical Foods, but language addressing this issue must remain in the final Conference Committee report since it is contained in both the House and Senate bills.
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