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H.R. 3319 (113th): Equal Healthcare Access Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 23, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3319

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 23, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Clay, and Mr. Mulvaney) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To modernize the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Equal Healthcare Access Act .

2.

Access to Federal health insurance

(a)

In general

Subpart G of part III of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating chapters 89A and 89B as chapters 89B and 89C, respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after chapter 89 the following:

89A

Health insurance for non-Federal employees

Sec.

8921. Definitions.

8922. Health insurance program.

8923. Contracting requirement.

8924. Eligibility to enroll.

8925. Exceptions to provisions incorporated by reference.

8926. Coordination and application provisions.

8921.

Definitions

For purposes of this chapter—

(1)

any term used in this chapter which is defined in section 8901 shall have the same meaning as is given such term under such section; and

(2)

the term Office means the Office of Personnel Management.

8922.

Health insurance program

(a)

In general

The Office shall administer a health insurance program for non-Federal employees in accordance with this chapter.

(b)

Regulations

The Office shall prescribe regulations under which, except as otherwise provided in this chapter and to the maximum extent practicable, the provisions of chapter 89 shall be applied for purposes of carrying out this chapter.

8923.

Contracting requirement

The Office shall, not later than 9 months after the date of the enactment of the Equal Healthcare Access Act , enter into contracts with qualified carriers to make health benefits plans available under this chapter.

8924.

Eligibility to enroll

(a)

In general

Any qualified individual may enroll in a health benefits plan under this chapter.

(b)

Qualified individual defined

For purposes of this section, the term qualified individual means any individual other than an individual who is enrolled or eligible to be enrolled in a health benefits plan under chapter 89, including as a family member.

8925.

Exceptions to provisions incorporated by reference

Notwithstanding any other provision of law—

(1)

subscription charges for a health benefits plan under this chapter may differ between or among geographic regions; and

(2)

an employer may, under arrangements satisfactory to the Office

(A)

offer coverage under this chapter to its employees; and

(B)

make a contribution toward the cost of such coverage.

8926.

Coordination and application provisions

(a)

Coordination

A health benefits plan under this chapter shall be deemed to be a health plan offered through an Exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( Public Law 111–148 ; 124 Stat. 119) for purposes of section 1312 of such Act ( 42 U.S.C. 18032 ).

(b)

Application

(1)

In general

In the case of a qualified individual enrolled in a health benefits plan under this chapter—

(A)

for purposes of section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, such plan shall be treated as a qualified health plan described in subsection (b)(2)(A) thereof that was enrolled in through an Exchange established by a State under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and

(B)

for purposes of section 1402 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( 42 U.S.C. 18071 ), such plan shall be treated as a qualified health plan in the silver level of coverage in the individual market offered through an Exchange.

(2)

Regulations

The Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, shall prescribe regulations necessary to carry out this subsection.

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(b)

Clerical amendments

The table of chapters for part III of title 5, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in the item relating to chapter 89A, by striking 89A and inserting 89B ;

(2)

in the item relating to chapter 89B, by striking 89B and inserting 89C ; and

(3)

by inserting after the item relating to chapter 89 the following:

89A. Health Insurance for Non-Federal Employees 8921

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