H.R. 4279 (108th): HEALTH Act of 2004


May 5, 2004
108th Congress, 2003–2004

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 12, 2004 but was never passed by the Senate.


James “Jim” McCrery III

Representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: May 21, 2004
Length: 92 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the disposition of unused health benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements, to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system, and to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees.

Summary (CRS)

5/12/2004--Passed House without amendment.Amends the Internal Revenue Code to permit up to $500 of unused health benefits in a plan or other arrangement that provides for a health flexible spending ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


May 5, 2004

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 12, 2004
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

This is a House of Representatives bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “H.R.” in “H.R. 4279”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


16 cosponsors (16R) (show)
Committee Assignments

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

May 12, 2004 3:15 p.m.
Failed 197/230
May 12, 2004 3:55 p.m.
Passed 273/152

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