S. 1642: Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Nov 04, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1642

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 4, 2013

(for herself and Mr. Manchin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To permit the continuation of certain health plans.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act .

2.

Continuation of grandfathered health plans

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an individual may elect to continue enrollment under the health insurance coverage (offered in the individual market) in which such individual was enrolled on December 31, 2013, if such individual meets such other eligibility requirements (such as payment of premiums) as are applied with respect to such coverage, unless such issuer cancels all coverage offered in such market and ceases operations as a health insurance issuer. Any such coverage shall be deemed to be a grandfathered health plan for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or an amendment made by that Act). Coverage to which this section applies shall be deemed to be minimum essential coverage for purposes of section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

3.

Transparency of grandfathered health plan notifications

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 inserting after section 1251 the following:

1251A.

Transparency of grandfathered health plan notifications

(a)

In general

A health insurance issuer that offers health insurance coverage in the individual market shall annually, at the time of enrollment and renewal, provide enrollees with a notice that states—

(1)

if applicable, the reasons that such coverage does not meet the requirements under this Act (or amendment made by this Act) for a qualified health plan, including citations to the provisions of this Act involved;

(2)

that the enrollee has the right to continue to enroll in such coverage; and

(3)

that the enrollee has the right to enroll in a qualified health plan offered through an Exchange and instruction on how to access such Exchange.

(b)

Cancellation notices

A notification provided by a health insurance issuer, that offers health insurance coverage in the individual market, to an enrollee stating that such coverage is cancelled for such enrollee shall contain a statement of the reasons for such cancellation, including a reference to any provision of this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) that such issuer relied upon in making the determination to cancel such coverage.

(c)

Application

Subsection  (b) shall apply beginning on the date of enactment of this section, except that with respect to a health plan that has provided a notification of cancellation prior to such date that has not yet taken effect, an enrollee may elect to continue such coverage under such plan if the issuer continues to offer such plan as provided for in section 2 of the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act and the issuer shall provide a subsequent notification to the enrollee that states—

(1)

that such plan will remain in effect at the option of the enrollee; and

(2)

the reasons that such plan does not otherwise meet the requirements under this Act for a qualified health plan.

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