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2013 Senate Bill 62: Convert Blue Cross to non-profit "regular" insurance company

Public Act 5 of 2013

Introduced by Sen. Virgil Smith (D) on January 16, 2013 To convert Blue Cross Blue Shield into a “mutual insurance company” and make it subject to the same regulations as regular health insurers. Although it would remain a non-profit, current restrictions on the entity's ability to own for-profit subsidiaries would be reduced, and it would no longer be subject to close oversight by the state Attorney General. In return for being granted this conversion, BCBS would pay "up to" $1.56 billion over 18 years (meaning it could be less) into a fund that would supplement various health-related government programs, with specific spending items selected by a board of political appointees. The bill does not include abortion restrictions that caused Gov. Snyder to veto the same measure when passed late last year.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Insurance Committee on January 16, 2013
Reported in the Senate on January 30, 2013 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on January 31, 2013 To prohibit BCBS from cutting for three years the reimbursement rates it has agreed to pay to small hospitals.
The amendment failed 6 to 31 in the Senate on January 31, 2013
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on January 31, 2013 (same description)
To convert Blue Cross Blue Shield into a “mutual insurance company” and make it subject to the same regulations as regular health insurers. Although it would remain a non-profit, current restrictions on the entity's ability to own for-profit subsidiaries would be reduced, and it would no longer be subject to close oversight by the state Attorney General. In return for being granted this conversion, BCBS would pay "up to" $1.56 billion over 18 years (meaning it could be less) into a fund that would supplement various health-related government programs, with specific spending items selected by a board of political appointees. The bill does not include abortion restrictions that caused Gov. Snyder to veto the same measure when passed late last year.
Received in the House on January 31, 2013
Referred to the House Insurance Committee on January 31, 2013
Reported in the House on February 21, 2013 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass..
Passed 92 to 18 in the House on February 28, 2013 (same description)
To convert Blue Cross Blue Shield into a “mutual insurance company” and make it subject to the same regulations as regular health insurers. Although it would remain a non-profit, current restrictions on the entity's ability to own for-profit subsidiaries would be reduced, and it would no longer be subject to close oversight by the state Attorney General. In return for being granted this conversion, BCBS would pay "up to" $1.56 billion over 18 years (meaning it could be less) into a fund that would supplement various health-related government programs, with specific spending items selected by a board of political appointees. The bill does not include abortion restrictions that caused Gov. Snyder to veto the same measure when passed late last year.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 18, 2013

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