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H.R. 343 (117th): Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 19, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 343

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 19, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Mooney, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Grothman, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Budd, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Norman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require States to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2021.

2.

Required reporting of medicaid payments to abortion providers

(a)

In general

Not later than 60 days after the end of the first fiscal year ending after the date of the enactment of this Act and each fiscal year thereafter, each State that makes a Medicaid payment from Federal funds during the fiscal year for any items or services furnished by an abortion provider shall—

(1)

submit to the Secretary a report on all such payments; and

(2)

publish the report on a public internet website of the State.

(b)

Report described

The report under subsection (a) shall, with respect to a State that makes a Medicaid payment from Federal funds during the fiscal year for any items or services furnished by an abortion provider, include the following:

(1)

With respect to each such payment, each of the following:

(A)

A specification of the amount of the payment.

(B)

A specification of the purposes for which the payment was made.

(C)

A comparison of the amount of the payment with the amount of any such payment to the provider involved in any prior fiscal year.

(2)

A specification of the number of abortions performed during the fiscal year by the provider involved and the gestational age with respect to each such abortion.

(c)

Report to congress

Not later than 90 days after the end of each fiscal year described in subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Finance of the Senate, and publish on a public internet website of the Department of Health and Human Services, a report that—

(1)

contains the reports submitted pursuant to subsection (a) for the fiscal year; and

(2)

includes a summary of the reports.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Abortion provider

The term abortion provider means an entity that—

(A)

performs (or refers an individual for) an abortion; or

(B)

controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, an entity described in subparagraph (A).

(2)

Medicaid payment from Federal funds

The term Medicaid payment from Federal funds means a payment for which there is Federal financial participation under title XIX of the Social Security Act.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(4)

State

The term State has the meaning given the term for purposes of title XIX of the Social Security Act.

(e)

Conforming amendments to Social Security Act

Section 1902(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of paragraph (85);

(2)

by striking the period at the end of paragraph (86) and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (86) the following:

(87)

provide for the submission of reports in accordance with section 2 of the Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2021.

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