In order to introduce and pass Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation, we need people with varying levels of advocacy experience to aid our efforts in an upcoming session. We are actively seeking advocates to show support, contact legislators, or lead the effort in North Dakota.
The North Dakota State Legislature has previously introduced Insurance Fairness for Amputees. The most recent introduction took place in 2009. SB2272 was introduced and referred to the Senate Industry, Business and Labor Committee, where it received consideration. It received a favorable recommendation from the committee and passed the Senate chamber unanimously. It was transferred to the House where it received consideration before the House Human Services Committee. The committee voted to not pass the legislation and, upon second reading in the House, the measure failed.
State Government Information
The Republican Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
North Dakota’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Session runs from January until April only in odd-numbered years.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Presidential Elections. The next election will be held in 2020. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor is not limited to the number of terms they can serve. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The North Dakota Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of North Dakota’s government. The Commissioner of Insurance is elected to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance payment reforms and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts: