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H.R. 1215 (115th): Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

About the bill

Health care costs are skyrocketing. Total health care spending went from 7.2 percent of GDP in 1970 to 17.8 percent in 2015. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects that it will rise further to 19.9 percent by 2025.

Among the causes of this growth are medical malpractice lawsuits, when patients sue doctors, hospitals, or medical groups. A bill that recently passed a key House committee could significantly curtail this practice. But will it come at too great a cost to patients?

The context and what ...

Sponsor and status

Steve King

Sponsor. Representative for Iowa's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 29, 2017
Length: 25 pages
Introduced:

Feb 24, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Status:
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 28, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 1215 will save $45.4 billion through 2027.

History

Feb 24, 2017
 
Introduced

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

Feb 28, 2017
 
Ordered Reported

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Mar 22, 2017
 
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jun 28, 2017
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 1215 (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.

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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