H.R. 598 (105th): To provide for certain military retirees and dependents a special Medicare part B enrollment period during which the late enrollment penalty is waived and a special medigap open enrollment period during which no underwriting is permitted.

Feb 05, 1997 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee)
John Ensign
Representative for Nevada's 1st congressional district
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Feb 05, 1997
4 pages
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S. 912 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 16, 1997

H.R. 2015 (Related)
Balanced Budget Act of 1997

Signed by the President
Aug 05, 1997


This bill was introduced on February 5, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 05, 1997
Referred to Committee Feb 05, 1997

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37 cosponsors (23R, 14D) (show)

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Instructs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in the case of certain military retirees and dependents, to provide for a special open enrollment period during which such an individual may enroll under part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act without being assessed a late enrollment penalty.
Prohibits an issuer of a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy, in the case of such an individual who seeks to enroll during such special enrollment period, from denying or conditioning the issuance or effectiveness of such a policy, or from discriminating in its pricing on the basis of the individual's health status, medical condition, claims experience, receipt of health care, medical history, genetic information, evidence of insurability, or disability.

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