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S. 1617 (113th): If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep it Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 30, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1617

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 30, 2013

(for himself, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Chiesa, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Cochran, Ms. Collins, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Enzi, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Flake, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Kirk, Mr. McCain, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Moran, Mr. Paul, Mr. Portman, Mr. Risch, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Scott, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Thune, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Corker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to ensure that individuals can keep their health insurance coverage.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep it Act .

2.

Amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

(a)

In general

Part 2 of subtitle C of title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( 42 U.S.C. 18011 et seq. ) is amended by striking section 1251 and inserting the following:

1251.

Freedom to maintain existing coverage

(a)

No changes to existing coverage

(1)

In general

Nothing in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be construed to require that an individual terminate coverage under a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which such individual was enrolled during any part of the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on December 31, 2013.

(2)

Continuation of coverage

With respect to a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which an individual was enrolled during any part of the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on December 31, 2013, this subtitle and subtitle A (and the amendments made by such subtitles) shall not apply to such plan or coverage, regardless of whether the individual renews such coverage.

(b)

Allowance for family members To join current coverage

With respect to a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which an individual was enrolled during any part of the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on December 31, 2013, and which is renewed, family members of such individual shall be permitted to enroll in such plan or coverage if such enrollment is permitted under the terms of the plan in effect as of such date of enrollment.

(c)

Allowance for new employees To join current plan

A group health plan that provides coverage during any part of the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on December 31, 2013, may provide for the enrolling of new employees (and their families) in such plan, and this subtitle and subtitle A (and the amendments made by such subtitles) shall not apply with respect to such plan and such new employees (and their families).

(d)

Effect on collective bargaining agreements

In the case of health insurance coverage maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements between employee representatives and one or more employers that was ratified before December 31, 2013, the provisions of this subtitle and subtitle A (and the amendments made by such subtitles) shall not apply until the date on which the last of the collective bargaining agreements relating to the coverage terminates. Any coverage amendment made pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement relating to the coverage which amends the coverage solely to conform to any requirement added by this subtitle or subtitle A (or amendments) shall not be treated as a termination of such collective bargaining agreement.

(e)

Definition

In this title, the term grandfathered health plan means any group health plan or health insurance coverage to which this section applies.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( Public Law 111–148 ).