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H.R. 987: Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 6, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 987


February 6, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mrs. McBath, and Mr. Kildee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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


To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for Federal Exchange outreach and educational activities.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 or the MORE Health Education Act.


Federal Exchange outreach and educational activities

Section 1321(c) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18041(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Outreach and educational activities


In general

In the case of an Exchange established or operated by the Secretary within a State pursuant to this subsection, the Secretary shall carry out outreach and educational activities for purposes of informing potential enrollees in qualified health plans offered through the Exchange of the availability of coverage under such plans and financial assistance for coverage under such plans. Such outreach and educational activities shall be provided in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the needs of the populations being served by the Exchange (including hard-to-reach populations, such as racial and sexual minorities, limited English proficient populations, and young adults).


Limitation on use of funds

No funds appropriated under this paragraph shall be used for expenditures for promoting non-ACA compliant health insurance coverage.


Non-ACA compliant health insurance coverage

For purposes of this subparagraph (B):


The term non-ACA compliant health insurance coverage means health insurance coverage, or a group health plan, that is not a qualified health plan.


Such term includes the following:


An association health plan.


Short-term limited duration insurance.



Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are hereby appropriated for fiscal year 2020 and each subsequent fiscal year, $100,000,000 to carry out this paragraph. Funds appropriated under this subparagraph shall remain available until expended.



Determination of budgetary effects

The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.