Pennsylvania State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, a veteran member of the state’s House of Representatives and current majority chairman of the House Insurance Committee, said this week he will retire from the legislature when his current two-year term ends Nov. 30. Micozzie spent 36 years serving as a state representative and another 19 years as an Upper Darby, Penn., councilman.
As chairman of the Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee, Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby, has introduced a number of key pieces of legislation, including allowing state income tax exemption for those who establish Medical Care Savings Accounts and requiring insurance policies to provide a minimum of 48 hours inpatient hospital care for new mothers and babies. Both measures are now law.
Under Micozzie’s leadership the House Insurance Committee has also approved legislation to require health insurance policies to cover costs of diabetic supplies, to provide consumer safeguards when financial institutions sell insurance (now Act 40 of 1997), to provide health insurance portability for consumers (Act 51), and to provide improved health insurance coverage for those who undergo breast cancer surgery and related reconstructive surgery (also Act 51).
The committee has also conducted hearings on Micozzie’s resolution to find solutions to the problem of uninsured motorists on Pennsylvania highways.
Micozzie also serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He said one of his greatest accomplishments was providing leadership in enacting a comprehensive dedicated transportation funding bill last year that addresses the state’s aging and deteriorating transportation infrastructure.