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S. 961: Improving Health Insurance Affordability Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 1, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 961

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 1, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Tester, Mr. King, and Ms. Harris) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand eligibility for the refundable credit for coverage under a qualified health plan.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Health Insurance Affordability Act of 2019.

2.

Increase in eligibility for credit

(a)

In general

Subparagraph (A) of section 36B(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking 400 percent and inserting 800 percent.

(b)

Applicable percentages

(1)

In general

Subparagraph (A) of section 36B(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as follows the table headings is amended to read as follows:

(A)

Applicable percentage

The applicable percentage for any taxable year shall be the percentage such that the applicable percentage for any taxpayer whose household income is within an income tier specified in the following table shall increase, on a sliding scale in a linear manner, from the initial premium percentage to the final premium percentage specified in such table for such income tier:

In the case of household income
(expressed as a percent of poverty line)
within the following income tier:
The initial premium percentage is—The final premium percentage is—
Up to 133 percent1.752.0
133 percent up to 150 percent2.03.5
150 percent up to 200 percent3.55.5
200 percent up to 250 percent5.57.25
250 percent up to 300 percent7.258.5
300 percent up to 400 percent8.59.0
400 percent up to 550 percent9.010.0
550 percent up to 700 percent10.011.0
700 percent up to 800 percent11.012.5.

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(2)

Conforming amendments relating to affordability of coverage

(A)

Subparagraph (C) of section 36B(c)(2) of such Code is amended by striking clause (iv).

(B)

Paragraph (4) of section 36B(c) of such Code is amended by striking subparagraph (F).

(c)

Limitation on recapture

Clause (i) of section 36B(f)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(1)

by striking 400 percent and inserting 800 percent;

(2)

by striking the period at the end of the last row of the table; and

(3)

by adding at the end of the table the following new rows:

At least 400 percent but less than 600 percent$3,500
 At least 600 percent but less than 800 percent$4,500.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2019.