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H.R. 2848: Parity Enforcement Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of May 20, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2848

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 20, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Courtney, and Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to strengthen parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Parity Enforcement Act of 2019.

2.

Authorizing enforcement authority for mental health and substance use disorder benefits

(a)

In general

Section 502(c)(10)(A) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1132(c)(10)(A)) is amended by striking for any failure and all that follows through in connection with the plan and inserting

for any failure by such sponsor or issuer, in connection with the plan—

(i)

to meet the requirements of subsection (a)(1)(F), (b)(3), (c), or (d) of section 702 or section 701 or 702(b)(1) with respect to genetic information; or

(ii)

to meet the requirements of subsection (a) of section 712 with respect to parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits.

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(b)

Technical and conforming amendments

Section 502 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 1132) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(6), by striking or (9) and inserting (9), or (10);

(2)

in subsection (b)(3)—

(A)

by striking subsections (c)(9) and (a)(6) and inserting subsections (c)(9), (c)(10), and (a)(6);

(B)

by striking under subsection (c)(9) and inserting under subsections (c)(9) and (c)(10); and

(C)

by striking 706(a)(1) and inserting 733(a)(1); and

(3)

in subsection (c)(10) in the heading, by striking use of genetic information and inserting use of genetic information and parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to group health plans for plan years beginning after the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.