S. 391 (111th): Healthy Americans Act

Feb 05, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
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H.R. 1321 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Mar 05, 2009

Ron Wyden
Senator from Oregon
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Last Updated
Feb 05, 2009
168 pages
Related Bills
S. 334 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 18, 2007

H.R. 1321 (Related)
Healthy Americans Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 05, 2009


This bill was introduced on February 5, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 05, 2009
Referred to Committee Feb 05, 2009
Full Title

A bill to provide affordable, guaranteed private health coverage that will make Americans healthier and can never be taken away.


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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Healthy Americans Act - Requires each adult individual to have the opportunity to purchase a Healthy Americans Private Insurance Plan (HAPI), which is:
(1) a plan offered by a state; or
(2) an employer-sponsored health coverage plan.
Makes individuals who are not enrolled in another specified health plan and who are not opposed to coverage for religious reasons responsible for enrolling themselves and their dependent children in a HAPI plan offered through their state of residence.
Sets forth penalties for failure to enroll.
Establishes standardized coverage and state options for HAPI plans. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promulgate guidelines concerning the benefits, items, and services to be covered. Sets forth requirements for setting premiums. Requires the Secretary to establish the Healthy America Advisory Committee to provide annual recommendations concerning modifications to the benefits, items, and services required.
Provides for school-based health centers.
Authorizes states to establish and operate a State Choices for Long-Term Care Program.
Requires the Secretary to establish Chronic Care Education Centers.
Requires states to establish or designate a state Health Help Agency to carry out the administration of HAPI plans and to promote prevention and wellness for residents.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to require employers and individuals to each make shared responsibility payments for HAPI plan premiums.
Sets forth requirements for health insurance issuers offering a HAPI plan.
Establishes the Healthy Americans Public Health Trust Fund for the payment of: (1) premium subsidies; and (2) bonuses to states for implementing medical malpractice reform.
Terminates federal health benefits coverage, including coverage provided under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

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