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S. 3322 (114th): A bill to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for certain individuals residing in service areas with no health insurance issuers offering plans on an Exchange, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 14, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3322

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 14, 2016

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for certain individuals residing in service areas with no health insurance issuers offering plans on an Exchange, and for other purposes.

1.

Hardship exemption for individuals with no plans offered on an Exchange

(a)

In general

(1)

Modification of hardship exemption

Section 1311(d)(4)(H) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(d)(4)(H)) is amended—

(A)

in clause (i), by striking or at the end;

(B)

by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (iii); and

(C)

by inserting after clause (i) the following new clause:

(ii)

there is no health insurance issuer offering any qualified health plan to such individual through an Exchange in the service area in which the individual resides; or

.

(2)

Effective date

The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall apply to months beginning on or after January 1, 2017.

(b)

Short-Term plans

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an individual who has been certified under clause (ii) of section 1311(d)(4)(H) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 13031(d)(4)(H)) as exempt from the individual requirement or penalty under section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 may enroll in a short-term health plan for each month for which such certification applies, and a health insurance issuer may provide any such individual coverage under a short-term health plan for each such month, including continuous coverage in excess of 3 months and renewal of coverage, as applicable.