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H.R. 661: Employee Fairness and Relief Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 24, 2017 (Introduced).

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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 661

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To authorize health insurance issuers to offer for sale previously available health insurance coverage in the small group market in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Employee Fairness and Relief Act of 2017.

2.

Permitting continued offering of pre-ACA health insurance coverage in the small group market

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (including any amendment made by such Act or by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010), a health insurance issuer that has in effect health insurance coverage in the small group market on any date during 2013 may offer such coverage for sale on or after the date of the enactment of this Act in such market outside of an Exchange established under section 1311 or 1321 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 18031, 18041). Such a group health plan shall not be treated as not complying with the requirements of such Act (or the amendments made by such Acts) insofar as it provides health benefits through health insurance coverage that is permitted under the previous sentence.

(b)

Treatment as grandfathered health plan in satisfaction of minimum essential coverage

Health insurance coverage described in subsection (a) shall be treated as a grandfathered health plan for purposes of the amendment made by section 1501(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

(c)

Construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the authority of States with respect to the regulation of health insurance coverage in the small group market.

(d)

Small group market defined

In this section, the term small group market has the meaning given such term in section 2791(e)(5) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg–91(e)(5)).