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H.R. 6597 (112th): EACH Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 16, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 6597


November 16, 2012

(for herself, Mr. Boren, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Akin, Mr. Clarke of Michigan, Mr. Clay, Mr. Coffman of Colorado, Mr. Connolly of Virginia, Mr. Costello, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Ms. Granger, Mr. Griffith of Virginia, Mr. Harris, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Keating, Mrs. Maloney, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Miller of North Carolina, Mr. Moran, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Royce, Mr. Schiff, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. Schock, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Young of Florida, Mr. Young of Alaska, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Ruppersberger, Ms. Moore, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Himes, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Paul, Mr. Carnahan, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Rohrabacher, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Michaud, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Polis, Mr. Petri, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Welch, Mr. Forbes, and Mr. Roskam) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To amend section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Equitable Access to Care and Health Act or the EACH Act.


Additional religious exemption to health coverage mandate


In general

Paragraph (2) of section 5000A(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:


Additional religious exemption


In general

Such term shall not include an individual for any month during a taxable year if such individual files a sworn statement, as part of the return of tax for the taxable year, that the individual was not covered under minimum essential coverage at any time during such taxable year and that the individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs would cause the individual to object to medical health care that would be covered under such coverage.


Nullified if receipt of medical health care during taxable year

Clause (i) shall not apply to an individual for any month during a taxable year if the individual received medical health care during the taxable year.


Medical health care defined

For purposes of this subparagraph, the term medical health care means voluntary health treatment by or supervised by a medical doctor that would be covered under minimum essential coverage and—


includes voluntary acute care treatment at hospital emergency rooms, walk-in clinics, or similar facilities, and




treatment not administered or supervised by a medical doctor, such as chiropractic treatment, dental care, midwifery, personal care assistance, or optometry,


physical examinations or treatment where required by law or third parties, such as a prospective employer, and





Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the amendments made by section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.