On a party line vote of 50-48, SB 6241 passed the House. As reported in earlier entries, this bill is necessary for the Health Care Authority to implement SEBB effectively and in time for the January 1, 2020, launch date.
The bill now goes back to the Senate for their concurrence with an amendment added on the House floor. That amendment, approved by republicans and democrats, requires that insurance companies bidding on SEBB insurance plans must also offer a silver and gold insurance plan for the uninsured market in the counties they offer SEBB plans. This is the same issue that was brought up in HB 2408 which is breathing its last breath 🙂 (its dying because of the 5:00 pm deadline – 45 minutes away). PSE doesn’t like the amendment because we are concerned it may reduce insurance companies willing to offer SEBB insurance plans.