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S. 1976: Increasing Access to Care Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 17, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1976

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 17, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Carper, Mr. Cassidy, and Mr. Warner) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To allow all individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market the option to purchase a lower premium copper plan.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Increasing Access to Care Act.

2.

Allowing all individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market the option to purchase a lower premium copper plan

(a)

In general

Section 1302(e) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18022(e)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (B) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, and adjusting the margins accordingly;

(B)

by striking plan year if— and all that follows through the plan provides— and inserting plan year if the plan provides—; and

(C)

in subparagraph (A), as so redesignated, by striking clause (ii) and inserting subparagraph (B);

(2)

by striking paragraph (2); and

(3)

by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).

(b)

Risk pools

Section 1312(c)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18032(c)(1)) is amended by inserting and including enrollees in catastrophic plans described in section 1302(e) after Exchange.

(c)

Conforming amendment

Section 1312(d)(3)(C) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18032(d)(3)(C)) is amended by striking , except that in the case of a catastrophic plan described in section 1302(e), a qualified individual may enroll in the plan only if the individual is eligible to enroll in the plan under section 1302(e)(2).

(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2019.