MSBA at the Capitol — NJPA, school officials discuss Health Insurance Transparency Act

MSBA at the Capitol — NJPA, school officials discuss Health Insurance Transparency Act

The House State Government Finance Committee held a hearing Tuesday relative to the implementation of the Health Insurance Transparency Act (HITA) of 2014.

Misty Meyer of the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) service cooperative presented their experience in an attempt to comply with HITA and receive a proposal for group health insurance from the Public Employee Insurance Program (PEIP).

Scott Anderson, Program Administration Manager, Minnesota Management and Budget, along with Shawn Byrne of Innovo Benefits and Marketing explained the basis of their response to NJPA. Of the 20-plus requests for proposals that PEIP received between July 2014 and December 2014, two or three school districts placed a portion of their group insurance with PEIP.

MSBA member school districts Osseo Area, White Bear Lake Area, Prior Lake-Savage Area, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and Minnetonka testified on their local experience in trying to comply with HITA and expressed concerns with HITA and PEIP going forward. This included the unilateral ability of a union to go to PEIP and split the school district pool.

A year ago, MSBA expressed concerns about this one-size-fits-all approach to health care. Our main issue was with the balance of control in deciding health care options. After hearing examples of real-life concerns brought forward in the committee hearing, we are committed to working on changes to make the system more transparent and balanced.

Testifiers included:

Osseo Area — Judy McDonald
White Bear Lake Area —Wayne Kazmierczak
Prior Lake-Savage Area — Matt Mons
Rosemount-Apple Valley Eagan — Tom Pederstuen
Minnetonka — Paul Bourgeois

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