Governor Signs Chamber-Backed Bills to Repeal Health Insurance Claims Assessment or "HICA Tax"

Governor Signs Chamber-Backed Bills to Repeal HICA Tax
June 11, 2018

We are pleased to report that Governor Snyder today signed legislation long-sought by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan's wholly unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Tax, or "HICA Tax."

Senate Bills 992-994 were signed into law today with immediate effect as Public Act 173 of 2018. This new law turns the page on the HICA tax, which has served as a disincentive to purchasing health insurance and has added over $1.5 billion to the cost of health insurance coverage since 2011.

The HICA Tax has proven to be an unstable and inadequate revenue source for the state. The replacement tax, a new Insurance Provider Assessment (IPA), will cut health insurance taxes for employers and individuals and continue to fund Michigan’s traditional Medicaid program in a fair and stable way. The Michigan Chamber fully supports this legislation because it will create a tax cut for employers purchasing health insurance for their employees as well as individuals purchasing their own coverage.

Please contact Wendy Block with any questions at 517.371.7678 or wblock@michamber.com.