H.R. 7166 (110th): American Health Care Access Improvement, Portability, and Cost Reduction Act of 2008

Sep 26, 2008 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Bill Sali
Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district
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Sep 26, 2008
30 pages

This bill was introduced on September 26, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Sep 26, 2008
Referred to Committee Sep 26, 2008
Full Title

To improve access to health care and health insurance.


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Library of Congress Summary

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American Health Care Access Improvement, Portability, and Cost Reduction Act of 2008 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to allow qualified primary care physicians or qualified nurse practitioners a tax credit of $1,000 for each month such providers provide services in a health professional shortage area.
Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to make changes to the conversion factor for FY2010 for physicians Medicare payments.
Allows a refundable tax credit for qualified health insurance coverage. Provides for advance payment of such credit.
Revises IRC provisions relating to health savings accounts (HSAs) to:
(1) allow HSAs to incorporate flexible spending and health reimbursement arrangements;
(2) increase the annual HSA contribution limitation;
(3) permit the use of HSAs to purchase health insurance;
(4) allow the payment of certain medical expenses incurred before the establishment of an HSA;
(5) allow veterans eligible for service-connected disability benefits to establish an HSA; and
(6) allow spouses to make increased catch-up contributions to a single HSA.
Requires the inclusion of education information about advance directives in the annual notice of Medicare benefits sent to eligible individuals.
Revises provisions concerning Medicare+Choice private fee-for-service plans related to access standards under the plans and utilization.

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