|SAME AS||SAME AS S03122|
|COSPNSR||Fall, Lucas, Dinowitz, Walker, Magnarelli, Colton, Santabarbara, Gunther, Stirpe, Ardila, Sayegh, Mamdani, Shrestha, Gonzalez-Rojas, Rosenthal L, Simone, Simon, Gibbs, Forrest, Glick|
|Add §9112, amd §§1109 & 9106, Ins L|
|Imposes a tax on out-of-state transfers, dividends, payments, and loans by certain accident and health insurance companies and health maintenance organizations to be deposited in the New York state agency trust fund, distressed provider assistance account.|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3885 SPONSOR: Dilan
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to imposing a tax on out-of-state transfers, dividends, payments, and loans by certain acci- dent and health insurance companies and health maintenance organizations   PURPOSE: To amend the insurance law to tax out-of-state transfers of premium dollars by publicly-traded accident and health insurance companies domi- ciled in other states and to return such dollars to New York communities through the Distressed Provider Assistance Account, which aids distressed hospitals   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 9112 to the insurance law to provide for a tax on accident and health insurance companies equal to 9.63% of any dividends or other funds derived from subscriber prepay- ments or premiums received for the domestic insurers commercial programs in New York State that are then transferred, distributed, or loaned to an entity in the domestic insurers' holding company system that is domi- ciled outside of New York State, with some exceptions. Each domestic insurer would be required to report to the Department of Financial Services all transfers, distributions, and loans in a form determined by the Superintendent. All revenues collected from the tax would be depos- ited into the New York State Agency Trust Fund, Distressed Provider Assistance Account. Sections 2 and 3 of the bill amend sections 1109 and 9106 of the insur- ance law to clarify that the provisions of this legislation apply also to health maintenance organizations licensed under article 44 of the public health law. Section 4 establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The New York health insurance marketplace has become increasingly domi- nated by publicly-traded health insurance companies domiciled outside of New York State. These companies' parent corporations, including United- Healthcare, Aetna, and Anthem (operating in New York as Empire), have made huge profits both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic-before the pandemic by routinely denying payments to doctors and hospitals for care provided to their enrollees, and then during the pandemic because so many New Yorkers deferred health care visits and procedures while continuing to pay premiums. The primary concern of these companies is to provide a return for their shareholders, which is why they engage in practices to increase their profits-by denying payments and transferring funds to their parent companies in Indianapolis (Anthem), Minnetonka (UnitedHealthcare), and Hartford (Aetna). This bill would keep a portion of these transferred premium dollars paid by New Yorkers and their employers in New York State by taxing transfers out of state by 9.63%. These dollars would be returned to underserved communities by depositing any revenue collected into the State's Distressed Provider Assistance Account, which is set aside for investments in financially distressed hospitals. In this way, more of New Yorkers' premium dollars would remain in New York State and strengthen health care in low-income communities, rather than transferred to other states to increase insur- ers' profits.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This proposal has the potential to provide additional revenue to New York State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, except that if this act shall have become a law on or after April 1, 2023 this act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after April 1, 2023.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3885 2023-2024 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY February 8, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. DILAN, FALL, LUCAS, DINOWITZ, WALKER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Insurance AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to imposing a tax on out-of-state transfers, dividends, payments, and loans by certain accident and health insurance companies and health maintenance organ- izations The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section 9112 2 to read as follows: 3 § 9112. Tax on out-of-state transfers, dividends, payments, and loans 4 by accident and health insurance companies licensed under article 5 forty-two of this chapter and health maintenance organizations. (a) As 6 used in this section the following terms shall have the following mean- 7 ings: 8 (1) "Domestic insurer" means an insurer that is an accident and health 9 insurance company licensed under article forty-two of this chapter or an 10 organization complying with the provisions of article forty-four of the 11 public health law. 12 (2) "Commercial program" means any program of health insurance other 13 than (i) programs for individuals covered by article five of the social 14 services law, article twenty-five of the public health law, titles 15 XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the federal social security act, or chapter 89 of 16 title 5 of the United States code or (ii) programs of insurance avail- 17 able on the health benefit exchange established by section two hundred 18 sixty-eight of the public health law. 19 (b) Effective on and after April first, two thousand twenty-three, 20 there shall be paid by every domestic insurer to the superintendent, on 21 or before the first day of March, a tax equal to nine and sixty-three 22 one hundredths percent of any dividends, ordinary, extraordinary, or 23 otherwise, or other funds deriving from subscriber prepayments or premi- 24 ums received for the domestic insurer's commercial programs that are 25 paid, transferred, distributed, or loaned to an entity in such domestic 26 insurer's holding company system that is domiciled in any other state; EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03266-01-3A. 3885 2 1 provided, however, that payments for services performed, including 2 pursuant to reinsurance treaties or agreements, or agreements for the 3 rendering of services on a regular or systematic basis, shall not be 4 subject to such tax. Such tax shall be in addition to any tax due under 5 article thirty-three of the tax law and shall apply only to a payment, 6 transfer, distribution, or loan made to an entity domiciled out-of-state 7 within the domestic insurer's holding company system, and not also to 8 subsequent dividends or distributions to shareholders or other persons 9 or entities made after the initial payment, transfer, distribution, or 10 loan that is taxed in accordance with this section. 11 (c) Each domestic insurer shall report all payments, transfers, 12 distributions and loans subject to subsection (b) of this section, and 13 taxes paid thereon, to the superintendent in the manner and form 14 prescribed by the superintendent. 15 (d) All taxes collected or received under this section shall be depos- 16 ited into the New York state agency trust fund, distressed provider 17 assistance account. 18 § 2. Subsection (a) of section 1109 of the insurance law, as amended 19 by section 1 of part A of chapter 78 of the laws of 2014, is amended to 20 read as follows: 21 (a) An organization complying with the provisions of article forty- 22 four of the public health law may operate without being licensed under 23 this chapter and without being subject to any provisions of this chap- 24 ter, except: (1) to the extent that such organization must comply with 25 the provisions of this chapter by virtue of such article, and (2) the 26 provisions of sections three hundred eight, one thousand three hundred 27 one, one thousand three hundred two, one thousand three hundred seven, 28 one thousand three hundred twenty-two, nine thousand one hundred six and 29 nine thousand one hundred twelve, with regard to health maintenance 30 organizations that are domiciled in this state and certified or operat- 31 ing in at least one other state, two thousand one hundred three, two 32 thousand one hundred twelve, two thousand one hundred fourteen, two 33 thousand one hundred fifteen, two thousand one hundred seventeen, two 34 thousand one hundred twenty-three, two thousand six hundred eight-a, two 35 thousand six hundred twelve, three thousand two hundred twenty-four-a, 36 four thousand three hundred eight, four thousand three hundred seven- 37 teen, four thousand three hundred eighteen, four thousand three hundred 38 twenty, four thousand three hundred twenty-one, four thousand three 39 hundred twenty-two and four thousand three hundred twenty-three of this 40 chapter. 41 § 3. Subsection (d) of section 9106 of the insurance law is amended to 42 read as follows: 43 (d) any corporation otherwise subject to the provisions of this arti- 44 cle which as a health maintenance organization offers a comprehensive 45 health services plan pursuant to the provisions of article forty-four of 46 the public health law to subscribers. Such exemption shall be limited to 47 that income derived from subscriber prepayments to such plan. Notwith- 48 standing the foregoing, section nine thousand one hundred twelve of this 49 article shall apply to all domestic insurers within the meaning of that 50 section. 51 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately, except that if this act 52 shall have become a law on or after April 1, 2023 this act shall take 53 effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and 54 effect on and after April 1, 2023.