H1150B2237A02813       MSP:CDM 07/06/07    #90             A02813
                       AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 1150
                                    Sponsor:  REPRESENTATIVE NICKOL
                                           Printer's No. 2237

     1       Amend Title, page 1, line 12, by inserting after "coverage"
     2               , for an autism spectrum disorder Insurance Mandate
     3               Relief Program

     4       Amend Sec. 1, page 11, by inserting between lines 7 and 8
     5       Section 635.2-A.  Autism Spectrum Disorder Insurance Mandate
     6    Relief Program.--(a)  There is hereby established within the
     7    Insurance Department a program to be known as the Insurance
     8    Mandate Relief Program. The Insurance Department, in conjunction
     9    with the Department of Revenue, shall administer the program.
    10    The program shall provide assistance in the form of payments to
    11    employers from the calendar year of implementation and every
    12    year thereafter. Payments shall be an amount equal to the
    13    difference in employer costs of providing insurance from the
    14    preceding fiscal year in order to offset increased employer
    15    costs of providing autism spectrum disorders coverage as
    16    required by this act.
    17       (b)  An employer who provides and pays for health coverage
    18    for employes of the employer is eligible for program assistance.
    19    No employer may claim or receive a payment under this section
    20    unless that person is in full compliance with State tax laws.
    21       (c)  The Insurance Department, in conjunction with the
    22    Department of Revenue, shall promulgate regulations and adopt
    23    procedures necessary to fulfill the requirements of this
    24    section, including, but not limited to, the application process,
    25    types of payments or credits to be provided, review process,
    26    additional eligibility requirements and appeal process.
    27       (d)  The following shall apply:
    28       (1)  A person who wilfully submits false or fraudulent
    29    information under this section commits a violation of 18 Pa.C.S.
    30    § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities) and
    31    shall, upon conviction, be subject to punishment as provided by
    32    law.
    33       (2)  A person who wilfully divulges or makes known
    34    individual-specific information submitted under this section,
    35    permits individual-specific information to be seen or examined
    36    by any person or prints, publishes or makes known in any manner
    37    individual-specific information commits a misdemeanor of the
    38    third degree and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a
    39    fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500)
    40    and the costs of prosecution or to undergo imprisonment for not
    41    more than one year, or both.

     1       (e)  The Department of Revenue shall demand, receive and
     2    collect the payment or credit from any employer who owes
     3    delinquent State taxes.

    G6L90MSP/HB1150A02813            - 2 -