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H.R. 1549 (113th): Helping Sick Americans Now Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 19, 2013 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 28

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1549

[Report No. 113–45]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 15, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Burgess, and Mrs. Wagner) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

April 19, 2013

Additional sponsors: Mr. Harper, Mr. McKinley, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Lance, Mr. Whitfield, Mrs. Ellmers, Mr. Walden, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Long, Mr. Terry, Mr. Hall, Mr. Latta, and Mr. Sessions

April 19, 2013

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic


A BILL

To amend Public Law 111–148 to transfer fiscal year 2013 through fiscal year 2016 funds from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to carry out the temporary high risk health insurance pool program for individuals with preexisting conditions, and to extend access to such program to such individuals who have had creditable coverage during the 6 months prior to application for coverage through such program.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Helping Sick Americans Now Act.

2.

Prioritizing funding for sick Americans

Section 4002(c) of Public Law 111–148 ( 42 U.S.C. 300u–11(c) ) is amended by adding at the end the following: Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the Secretary shall transfer amounts that are in the Fund that are attributable to fiscal year 2013 that are not otherwise obligated as of the date of the enactment of this sentence and funds that would otherwise be made available to the Fund for fiscal year 2014, fiscal year 2015, and fiscal year 2016 to the account within the Department of Health and Human Services that provides for funding to carry out the temporary high risk health insurance pool program under section 1101 and such funds shall become available for obligation under such section on such date of enactment and remain so available through December 31, 2013..

3.

Immediate access to health care for sick Americans

(a)

In general

Section 1101(d) of Public Law 111–148 ( 42 U.S.C. 18001(d) ) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by adding at the end and;

(2)

by striking paragraph (2); and

(3)

by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to individuals applying for coverage through the high risk insurance pool program on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

4.

Ensuring an orderly reopening of the program for sick Americans

Section 1101(b) of Public Law 111–148 (42 U.S.C. 18001(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Orderly reopening of program

The Secretary shall administer this section in accordance with the regulations under part 152 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect as of April 16, 2013, except as is necessary to reflect the amendments made by the Helping Sick Americans Now Act.

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April 19, 2013

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed