SIIA Legislation Passes

The Lead - 2017

SIIA Legislation Passes US House of Representatives

SIIA Legislation Passes US House or RepresentativesAfter several years of broad SIIA advocacy efforts, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1304, the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA), in April by a vote of 400 to 16.

Sponsored by Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) and promoted by SIIA and its members across the country, SIPA ensures that small- and mid-sized private sector employers, as well as smaller Taft-Hartley Plans and public sector entities, are able to continue to provide quality health benefits to their workers and members through self-insured group health plans. SIPA accomplishes this by clarifying existing law to ensure that federal regulators cannot re-define stop-loss insurance as traditional “health insurance” under the law. Such a designation would effectively force these self-insured entities to discontinue their plans. This regulatory threat surfaced during the prior administration and, while not a likely development given the current administration, SIIA believes it is important to codify this protection now to head off any similar regulatory threats in the future.

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