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Legislative, Regulatory Update from Harrisburg

July 10, 2019
12:00 PM

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed and Gov. Tom Wolf signed the 2019-2020 state budget on June 28, two days ahead of the deadline. With the state House and Senate in recess until September, lawmakers quickly headed back to their districts.

Before leaving, lawmakers passed and Wolf signed into law House Bill 3 – the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s (PID) legislative priority to transition Pennsylvania to a state-based health insurance exchange and pursue a federal waiver (a 1332 State Relief and Empowerment Waiver) to implement a reinsurance program. The legislation passed with broad bipartisan support.

Later this month, PID staff will visit IA&B to speak with our government relations committee about the specifics of how the state-based exchange will operate.

Although IA&B’s legislative priority to raise the state’s minimum auto liability limits was a topic of conversation among lawmakers last month, the bill was not brought up for a vote in the House Insurance Committee (where it currently resides) before session recessed. HB 1625, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and including 41 co-sponsors, would raise the minimum auto liability limits from the current limits of 15/30/5 to 30/60/15. We continue to work to educate lawmakers on the importance of increasing these severely outdated limits.

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) at its June 20 meeting approved the PID’s proposed regulation to align Pennsylvania with a change that was made to the federal Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) in late 2015. This alleviates the need for agencies to send annual privacy notices if they have not changed their policies and practices from those in the most recent notice sent to consumers.