Health Care Access Bureau Assessments

Health Care Access Bureau

M.G.L. c. 133, §7A General Appropriations Act, Chapter 133 of the Acts of 2016 (line item 7006-0029) Chapter 133

Anticipated Billing Date: January 2016

FY17 Amount: $1,069,743.92

Purpose: To assist in defraying the general operating expenses of the Health Care Access Bureau, and to compensate consultants retained by the bureau.

Basis: This assessment is against the carriers licensed under chapters 175176A176B and 176G. The assessment shall be at a rate sufficient to produce $600,000 annually. In addition to that amount, the assessment shall include an amount to be credited to the General Fund which shall be equal to the total amount of funds estimated by the secretary for administration and finance to be expended from the General Fund for indirect and fringe benefit costs attributable to the personnel costs of the bureau. If the commissioner fails to expend for the costs and expenses of the bureau in a fiscal year the total amount of $600,000 for the purposes set forth in this section, any amount unexpended in that fiscal year shall be credited against the assessment to be made in the following fiscal year, and the assessment in the following fiscal year shall be reduced by that unexpended amount. The assessment shall be allocated on a fair and reasonable basis among all carriers licensed under said chapters 175, 176A, 176B and 176G.

NOTE: Line item language in the General Appropriation Acts of 2011 sets the assessment for 7006-0029 at $1,100,000 plus indirect and fringe costs less any unexpended balance from FY11.

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