Outside Section 173
Data Current as of: 8/9/2016
There shall be a working group on gender equity in disability policies. The working group shall consist of the following members or their designees: the commissioner of insurance who shall serve as chair; the undersecretary of consumer affairs; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on financial services; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on consumer protection and professional licensure; the attorney general; the chair of the permanent commission on the status of women; the president of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts; a representative from the Life Insurance Association of Massachusetts and 2 persons to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall represent the insurance industry and 1 of whom shall be from the permanent commission on the status of women.
Not later than 30 days after the effective date of this act, the working group shall convene to study the costs and benefits of prohibiting insurance companies in the commonwealth from making any distinctions in disability policy payments, premiums or rate charges, or any other terms or conditions of any group or individual disability, accident or sickness insurance contract based on a person's race, color, religion, sex, marital status, or national origin. The working group shall submit its findings, along with any legislative recommendations, to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives not later than December 31, 2016. The division of insurance shall provide any resources and assistance necessary in developing the cost-benefit analysis of the working group.