H.R. 2399 (111th): American Health Benefits Program Act of 2009

May 13, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
James “Jim” Langevin
Representative for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district
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May 13, 2009
64 pages
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H.R. 5348 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 12, 2008


This bill was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 13, 2009
Referred to Committee May 13, 2009
Full Title

To amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to assure comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage for all Americans through an American Health Benefits Program.


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American Health Benefits Program Act of 2009 - Amends the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish under a new title XXII (American Health Benefits Program) a program to provide comprehensive health insurance coverage to all Americans who are:
(1) not covered under certain federal health insurance programs; and
(2) not eligible for employer-provided insurance coverage.
Requires provision of such coverage in a manner similar to that in which coverage has been provided to Members of Congress, federal government employees, retirees, and their dependents under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Requires federal government contributions towards the coverage of eligible individuals.
Establishes in the Treasury an American Health Benefits Program Trust Fund.
Directs the Administrator of Health Benefits to establish a schedule of cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income individuals.
Establishes an independent Health Benefits Administration, headed by the Administrator.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to:
(1) impose a premium on individuals enrolled in a qualified health plan under SSA title XXII, which shall be reduced by the amount of government contribution;
(2) allow a tax credit to covered individuals equal to the sum of the aggregate amount of premiums paid (other than government contributions) with respect to the individual's coverage, and the applicable premium subsidy;
(3) impose on every employer an excise tax equal to the applicable percentage of the wages paid employees;
(4) allow a tax credit against such excise tax for periods during which an employee is covered by qualified employer-provided coverage; and
(5) impose a tax on hospital revenues.
Makes related amendments to SSA titles XIX (Medicaid) and XXI (CHIP, formerly known as SCHIP).
Directs the Administrator of Health Benefits to establish new guidelines that promote the proper use and understanding of health information technologies.
Establishes the Health Benefits Commission in the legislative branch to examine and make recommendations regarding the major issues and cost drivers affecting the delivery of healthcare services as it pertains to the American Health Benefits Program.

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