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Text of the Health Care Waiver Transparency Act

This bill was introduced on March 17, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 17, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1184

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 17, 2011

(for himself and Mr. Walsh of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require greater transparency concerning the criteria used to grant waivers to the job-killing health care law and to ensure that applications for such waivers are treated in a fair and consistent manner, irrespective of the applicant’s political contributions or association with a labor union, a health plan provided for under a collective bargaining agreement, or another organized labor group.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Health Care Waiver Transparency Act.

2.

Requirements with respect to granting waivers

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the Secretary) shall—

(1)

publish detailed criteria used by the Secretary to determine approval of an application submitted by a group health plan, health insurance issuer, employer, State, municipality, or other entity eligible for a waiver, adjustment, or other compliance relief provided for under the authority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) or title I or subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (Public Law 111–152), including—

(A)

how much of a significant decrease in benefits with respect to a health insurance plan or health insurance coverage would need to occur in order to have such a waiver application approved by the Secretary; and

(B)

how much of a significant increase in premiums with respect to a health insurance plan or health insurance coverage would need to occur to have such a waiver application approved by the Secretary;

(2)

publish on the Internet Web site of the Department of Health and Human Services each application for a waiver described in paragraph (1); and

(3)

publish on the Internet Web site of the Department of Health and Human Services the determination of the Secretary whether to approve or reject such application and the reason for such approval or rejection.

(b)

Protection of proprietary information

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall ensure the confidentiality of proprietary information of each applicant.

(c)

Prohibition of preferential treatment

In no case, during any stage of the application process for an application described in subsection (a)(1), shall preferential treatment be given to an applicant based on political contributions or association with a labor union, a health plan provided for under a collective bargaining agreement, or another organized labor group.