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H.R. 1201 (115th): EACH Act

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How far should the Affordable Care Act’s existing limited religious conscience exemption go?

Context and what the bill does

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, contains an existing — but limited — religious conscience exemption which allows certain people to opt out of certain provisions if it would violate their religious beliefs. The most prominent example of this is an exemption from providing contraceptives or abortions in some cases.

The Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act would expand the existing limited religious conscience exemption to include anyone “who relies solely on a religious method of healing, and for whom the acceptance of medical health services would be inconsistent with the religious beliefs of the individual.”

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that about 200,000 people nationwide ...

Sponsor and status

Rodney Davis

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 13th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Feb 17, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 24, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.



Feb 17, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 24, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 1201 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1201. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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