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Michigan Legislature Passes Monumental MMA-Driven HICA Elimination

After years of turmoil over the rising cost of health care and Medicaid financing, the Michigan Legislature passed MMA-driven legislation on Tuesday, 5/29/18, to eliminate the Health Insurance Claims Act (HICA) tax, a longstanding priority of MMA and our members.

The Michigan House of Representatives voted near unanimously, 107-1, in favor of the HICA tax elimination package — Senate Bill 992 (Senator Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth), Senate Bill 993 (Senator Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford) and Senate Bill 994 (Senator Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake) — while the bills received near-unanimous support from the Senate on Thursday, 5/17/18.

The legislative package will:

  • Save job creators more than $300 million annually
  • Replace the costly HICA tax with a smaller and more stable revenue source in the Insurance Provider Assessment (IPA) tax
  • Present a creative method to reduce health care costs
  • Provide stability to the state budget
  • Ensure Michigan manufacturers and local businesses can properly compete in a global market

MMA extends its thanks to Senator Ken Horn, Senator Peter MacGregor, Senator Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and Senator Mike Shirkey for championing this effort for employers and health care purchasers in Michigan. Thanks also to Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven) for their continued leadership on this hard-fought tax cut.

SBs 992-994 now move to the desk of Governor Snyder for his signature. Check out MMA’s legislative analysis of the three-bill package online.

This article originally appeared in the 5/30/18 issue of MFG Voice.

Contact Delaney McKinley

Delaney McKinleySenior Director of Government Affairs and Membership
Call 517-487-8530
E-mail mckinley@mimfg.org

After years of turmoil over the rising cost of health care and Medicaid financing, the Michigan Legislature passed MMA-driven legislation on Tuesday, 5/29/18, to eliminate the Health Insurance Claims Act (HICA) tax, a longstanding priority of MMA and our members.

The Michigan House of Representatives voted near unanimously, 107-1, in favor of the HICA tax elimination package — Senate Bill 992 (Senator Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth), Senate Bill 993 (Senator Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford) and Senate Bill 994 (Senator Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake) — while the bills received near-unanimous support from the Senate on Thursday, 5/17/18.

The legislative package will:

  • Save job creators more than $300 million annually
  • Replace the costly HICA tax with a smaller and more stable revenue source in the Insurance Provider Assessment (IPA) tax
  • Present a creative method to reduce health care costs
  • Provide stability to the state budget
  • Ensure Michigan manufacturers and local businesses can properly compete in a global market

MMA extends its thanks to Senator Ken Horn, Senator Peter MacGregor, Senator Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and Senator Mike Shirkey for championing this effort for employers and health care purchasers in Michigan. Thanks also to Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven) for their continued leadership on this hard-fought tax cut.

SBs 992-994 now move to the desk of Governor Snyder for his signature. Check out MMA’s legislative analysis of the three-bill package online.

This article originally appeared in the 5/30/18 issue of MFG Voice.

Contact Delaney McKinley

Delaney McKinleySenior Director of Government Affairs and Membership
Call 517-487-8530
E-mail mckinley@mimfg.org
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