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H.R. 1814 (113th): EACH Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 26, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1814


April 26, 2013

(for himself,Mr. Keating,Mr. Bridenstine,Mr. Burgess,Mr. Coffman,Mr. Connolly,Mr. Courtney,Mr. Crenshaw,Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois,Mr. DeFazio,Mr. Forbes,Mr. Garrett,Mr. Goodlatte,Ms. Granger,Mr. Griffith of Virginia,Ms. Hanabusa,Mr. Hultgren,Mr. Kinzinger of Illinois,Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York,Mr. McGovern,Mr. Michaud,Ms. Moore,Mr. Pearce,Mr. Petri,Ms. Pingree of Maine,Mr. Pocan,Mr. Rohrabacher,Mr. Rokita,Mr. Roskam,Mr. Royce,Mr. Ruppersberger,Mr. Schiff,Mr. Sensenbrenner,Mr. Smith of Washington,Mr. Smith of Texas,Mr. Tiberi,Mr. Womack,Mr. Young of Florida,Mr. Young of Alaska,Mr. Young of Indiana,Mr. Welch,Mr. Wolf,Mr. Gardner,Mr. Lipinski, andMr. Perlmutter) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee 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) ofsection 5000A(d)of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986is 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 termmedical health caremeans 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 bysubsection (a)shall take effect as if included in the amendments made bysection 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.