A closer look at the bill seems to alleviate the concerns raised here. HB 22.
This bill effects a small population of inmates. Those who are dropped because
they cannot pay premiums are still covered by the state. Those who are on a
spouse's plan or a parent's plan, where the holder is still paying premiums on
the incarcerated individual, are the ones who will be receiving care via the
insurance provider. The payments are already being made, now the insurance
companies will have to provide the coverage they are currently passing on to
taxpayers. Furthermore, the insurance companies do not need to foot the bill
for problems resulting from incarceration (fights, etc...). Finally, health
coverage for these individuals will be significantly cheaper for insurance
companies because inmates are fed three times a day, are away from drugs, and do
not ski in prison.... If anything, the insurance companies should be praising
the bill because they will be receiving the regular premiums for a now
lower-risk individual. Taxpayers also should sing. They will not be paying for
a cancer patient who is already being paid for.
It's funny how those that get elected to the House or Senate in this state, and
probably every state, feel they have to pass bills to JUSTIFY their election, so
they start thinking of STUPID BILLS to pass, it's like Hollywood remaking
earlier made movies, because there are NO new idea's. I would be happy if they
would just keep their laptop's on and play their computer games, it would be
cheaper for me.
What a joke! I guess the insurance companies will need to require a back ground
check for all of their clients ( $25-$40 per person ). No more free quotes and
higher premiums, gotta love the Gov. and criminals
Hang on to your wallets, people!!!!Guess how high your health insurance
premiums are going to go if this short-sighted bill is passed.The
insurance companies are not going to insure these people for nothing!Who is going to pay the premiums--the company he no longer works for---the
state---the prisioner (who has no job or income?Come on! Give me a
break!!!I hope this is the only ill-thought bill to be offered---but I
really think this is just the start.
SO and inmate is in the slammer for 10 years, how does he pay the premiums, and
could the insurance company drop them for non-payment. Seems the reporter for DN
should have probed deeper and and ask more questions.