S. 24: Small Business Health Relief Act of 2013

Introduced:
Jan 22, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
0% chance of being enacted
See Instead:

H.R. 1558 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Apr 15, 2013

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Sponsor
Robert “Rob” Portman
Junior Senator from Ohio
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Jan 22, 2013
Length
7 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1558 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 15, 2013

S. 399 (Related)
American Job Protection Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 28, 2013

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 22, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Jan 22, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 22, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

0% chance of getting past committee.
0% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to lower health premiums and increase choice for small businesses.

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Library of Congress Summary

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1/22/2013--Introduced.
Small Business Health Relief Act of 2013 - Repeals provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that:
(1) impose fines on large employers (those with more than 50 full-time employees) who fail to offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential health insurance coverage, and
(2) require such large employers to file a report with the Secretary of the Treasury on health insurance coverage provided to their full-time employees.
Repeals provisions of PPACA that: (1) set limits on the annual deductible on health plans offered in the small group market, (2) allow catastrophic plans to be offered in the individual market to individuals under the age of 30, and (3) impose an annual fee on health insurance entities.
Deems high deductible health plans to meet essential health benefits coverage requirements if the enrollee has established a health savings account.
Amends the Public Health Service Act, as amended by PPACA, to repeal the allowance of a premium rate variance by age in the individual or small group market.
Repeals restrictions on payments for medications from health savings accounts, medical savings accounts, and health flexible spending arrangements.
Repeals the limitation to $2,500 of annual salary reduction contributions by an employee to a health flexible spending arrangement under a cafeteria plan.
Allows a health plan to maintain its status as a grandfathered health plan regardless of any modification to the cost-sharing levels, employer contribution rates, or covered benefits. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promulgate regulations to clarify the application of such allowance. Makes this allowance effective as if included in PPACA. Voids any regulations promulgated pursuant to current related provisions before enactment of this Act.

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