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H.R. 7003 (115th): To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a health insurance Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program.

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 7003

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Webster of Florida, Mr. Messer, and Mr. Fortenberry) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a health insurance Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program.

1.

Health Insurance Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program

The Public Health Service Act is amended by adding at the end the following new title:

XXXIV

Health Insurance Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program

3401.

Establishment of Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program

(a)

In general

There is established a Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program (in this section referred to as the Program), to be administered by the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (in this section referred to as the Administrator), to provide payments to health insurance issuers with respect to claims for eligible individuals for the purpose of lowering premiums for health insurance coverage offered in the individual market.

(b)

Funding

(1)

Appropriations

For the purpose of providing funding for the Program there is appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $15,000,000,000 for the period beginning on January 1, 2019, and ending on December 31, 2028. Such funds shall be available to the Secretary for such purpose in such amounts and at such times during such period as specified by the Secretary.

(2)

Additional funding

In addition to amounts appropriated under paragraph (1), out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there shall be appropriated to the Secretary for each year (after 2019) during the period specified in paragraph (1), for purposes of carrying out the Program, an amount equal to the amount by which the actual sum of the premium assistance credits calculated for all taxpayers under section 36B(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for the previous year was less than the projected sum of the premium assistance credits calculated for all taxpayers under such section for such previous year. Amounts appropriated pursuant to the previous sentence shall remain available until expended.

(3)

Limitation

Amounts appropriated under this subsection are subject to the requirements and limitations under sections 506 and 507 of division H of Public Law 115–31 in the same manner and to the same extent as if such amounts were appropriated under such division.

(c)

Operation of program

(1)

In general

The Administrator shall establish, after consultation with health care consumers, health insurance issuers, State insurance commissioners, and other stakeholders and after taking into consideration high cost health conditions and other health trends that generate high cost, parameters for the operation of the Program consistent with this section.

(2)

Expediting initial operation

(A)

Deadline for initial operation

Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this title, the Administrator shall establish sufficient parameters to specify how the Program will operate for plan year 2019.

(B)

Secretarial discretion

To ensure the operation of the Program in plan year 2019, notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Secretary may in lieu of basing eligibility for participation in the Program on the parameters described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (d) and without consultation described in paragraph (1), base such eligibility on dollar amounts of claims and specify actuarial values to be applied for such amounts.

(3)

State operation of program

(A)

In general

The Administrator shall establish a process for a State to operate the Program in such State beginning with plan year 2021.

(B)

Immediate waivers

Such process shall allow a State that, as of March 1, 2018, had in place a fully established high risk sharing pool or fully established reinsurance program (as defined by the Secretary) to continue to operate such pool or program and not have the Program administered by the Secretary under this section apply to such State.

(d)

Details of program

The parameters for the Program shall include the following:

(1)

Eligible individuals

A definition for eligible individuals.

(2)

Standards for qualification

(A)

Automatic qualification

The identification of health conditions that automatically qualify individuals as eligible individuals.

(B)

Voluntary qualification

A process under which health insurance issuers may voluntarily qualify individuals, who do not automatically qualify under subparagraph (A), as eligible individuals.

(3)

Percentage of insurance premiums to be applied

The percentage of the premiums paid, to health insurance issuers for health insurance coverage by eligible individuals, that shall be collected and deposited to the credit (and available for the use) of the Program.

(4)

Attachment dollar amount and payment proportion

The dollar amount of claims for eligible individuals after which the Program will provide payments to health insurance issuers and the proportion of such claims above such dollar amount that the Program will pay.

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