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H.R. 1341 (114th): Fair Access to Health Care Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 6, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1341

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 6, 2015

(for himself, Ms. Eshoo, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Speier, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Farr, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Honda, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Israel, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Huffman, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Garamendi, and Mr. Ted Lieu of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the phaseout of the health insurance tax credit for geographic variations in the cost-of-living.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair Access to Health Care Act of 2015.

2.

Phaseout of health insurance tax credit adjusted to take into account geographic variation in the cost-of-living

(a)

In general

Section 36B(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Geographic adjustment for cost-of-living

(A)

In general

In the case of a taxpayer whose principal place of residence for any taxable year is located in a high cost area, there shall be substituted the specified percentage for 400 percent in paragraph (3)(A)(i) and in subsections (c)(1)(A) and (f)(2)(B).

(B)

High cost area

For purposes of this paragraph, the term high cost area means any metropolitan statistical area or non-metropolitan area the SPM for which exceeds the national average SPM.

(C)

Specified percentage

For purposes of this paragraph, the term specified percentage means, with respect to a taxpayer whose principal place of residence for any taxable year is located in a high cost area, the product of 400 percent and the SPM adjustment for such area.

(D)

SPM

For purposes of this paragraph—

(i)

In general

The term SPM means, with respect to each calendar year, the Supplemental Poverty Measure as determined by the Bureau of the Census.

(ii)

National average SPM

The national average SPM shall be determined without regard to Alaska and Hawaii.

(iii)

Determination for taxable year based on preceding calendar year

SPM with respect to any taxable year shall be determined on the basis of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the taxable year begins.

(E)

SPM adjustment

For purposes of this paragraph, the term SPM adjustment means, with respect to a high cost area for a calendar year, the SPM adjustment as determined by the Bureau of the Census.

(F)

Alternative measure of cost-of-living

If the Secretary determines that another measure of cost-of-living is more appropriate than the SPM for purposes of this paragraph, the Secretary shall use such measure in lieu of the SPM.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.