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Combined Governmental Affairs/Health Conference Call, 5/10/17
● Roger Beyer, lobbyist
● Lisa Lettenmaier, State President-Elect
● Sue Davis
● Kate Beck
● Mai-Han Shultz
● Dave Willis
● Kristy Henning
● Paul Hagemann
● John Thunell
● Tracy Boster
● Mary Louise VanNatta, Staff
Meeting called to order at 9:01 a.m.
Governmental Affairs- Roger Beyer
May 19 is the last day for bills to be scheduled
SB 332 (rebates)
● Passed senate.
● Referred to House Health Committee but health insurance is not affected.
● House PH was held May 1. Not well attended. Nationwide was in support, NAIFA in opposition. WS at 3 p.m.. It is likely to pass.
● State Farm went to neutral because of Senate amendments. Agents would also be able to offer incentives.
● Not a rebate of premium.
● Status: Passed Senate 9 no votes (all R’s).
● Will move to House Judiciary and no action scheduled.
● Similar bill that deals with financial institutions (exempted from SB 95) that allows these institutions “not to” distribute funds if they believe financial abuse/foul play. It doesn’t make them mandatory reporters, however. Trial attorneys are paying attention and opposing the bill b/c they believe that financial institutions should be reporters.
● Beyer will meet with chair and explain concerns about protections for reporters.
● Reporting time was changed from” immediately” to “as soon as practical.”
● Expectation that this bill will be scheduled before the deadline.
ACTION: After Beyer’s meeting with Chairman Barker, he will contact Hagemann about contacting the committee chair.
● Non-economic damages for wrongful death claims.
● It’s on our list, but it is becoming interesting because it is the trial lawyers #1 bill.
● Not passed Senate.
SB 977 (noncompete clauses)
● Bill died which would have allowed non competes to be only six months.
Senate Revenue & Finance
● New gross receipts tax.
● Senate plan is low % of tax on gross receipts (0.25%, no exceptions).
● House plan is a higher % tax (1% on corporations on businesses with more than $5M in gross sales).
● Question: What becomes a gross receipt for insurance agents? This would affect commissions.
● Agents can’t increase their commissions when their taxes increase.
● Beyer wants legislators to understand how this type of tax would affect insurance sales and carriers.
HB 2005: Pay Equity (anyone in a protected class cannot be paid less based on their class)
● Version that passed the House was terrible for employers.
● Senate version is being reworked extensively, the compromise is slightly better.
● NFIB opposes.
● Beyer expects it to pass.
● Ability to sue will not start until 2022 to help employers getting in to compliance.
● Important! 91 days after signed it is illegal to ask candidates what their previous compensation levels were. Comes from a recent ruling of 9th Circuit Court noting employers cannot base future compensation on past compensation.
HB 2858 (bad faith and second lawsuit for insurance)
● Two Public Hearings held
Health- Lisa Lettenmaier
● Oregon: Waiting for the May 15 deadline for the carriers to post their information/rates.
● National Level: House passed AHCA, and people are getting worked up about it, even though it still has to go to the Senate.
● Open enrollment will be Nov 1 - Dec 15.
● Medicare plan timeline: Oct 15- Dec 7.
● Unclear if IRS will impose ACA penalties this year.
Hagemann said 7:45 a.m. at Jake’s May 11 he will listen to Schrader. Members welcome to join.
Adjourned at 9:50 a.m.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9 a.m.,
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