H. R. 1184
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 17, 2011
Mr. Issa (for himself and Mr. Walsh of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Health Care Waiver Transparency
Requirements with respect to granting waivers
The Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to
in this section as the
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—
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
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;
publish on the Internet Web site of the Department of Health and Human Services each application for a waiver described in paragraph (1); and
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.
Protection of proprietary information
In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall ensure the confidentiality of proprietary information of each applicant.
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.