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Short Titles as Introduced

Health Insurance Reform Act of 1996

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide increased access to health care benefits, to provide increased portability of health care benefits, to provide increased security of health care benefits, to increase the purchasing power of individuals and small employers, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
01/25/1996Introduced in House

All Actions (8)

Date
02/09/1996Referred to the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations.
Action By: Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities
02/01/1996Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Ways and Means
01/31/1996Referred to the Subcommittee on Health and Environment.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
01/25/1996Referred to House Economic and Educational
Action By: House of Representatives
01/25/1996Referred to House Ways and Means
Action By: House of Representatives
01/25/1996Referred to House Commerce
Action By: House of Representatives
01/25/1996Referred to the Committee on Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Economic and Educational Opportunities, 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.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/25/1996Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (195)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Shays, Christopher [R-CT-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gilman, Benjamin A. [R-NY-20] 03/20/1996
Rep. Morella, Constance A. [R-MD-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gunderson, Steve [R-WI-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-43] 03/20/1996
Rep. Brownback, Sam [R-KS-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Boehlert, Sherwood [R-NY-23] 03/20/1996
Rep. Franks, Bob [R-NJ-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Torkildsen, Peter G. [R-MA-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Quinn, Jack [R-NY-30] 03/20/1996
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Martini, William J. [R-NJ-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Abercrombie, Neil [D-HI-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Ackerman, Gary L. [D-NY-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Andrews, Robert E. [D-NJ-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Baldacci, John Elias [D-ME-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Barrett, Thomas M. [D-WI-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Becerra, Xavier [D-CA-30] 03/20/1996
Rep. Beilenson, Anthony C. [D-CA-24] 03/20/1996
Rep. Bentsen, Ken [D-TX-25] 03/20/1996
Rep. Berman, Howard L. [D-CA-26] 03/20/1996
Rep. Bevill, Tom [D-AL-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Bonior, David E. [D-MI-10] 03/20/1996
Rep. Borski, Robert A. [D-PA-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Brown, Corrine [D-FL-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH-13] 03/20/1996
Rep. Bryant, John W. [D-TX-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Clay, William (Bill) [D-MO-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Clayton, Eva M. [D-NC-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Clement, Bob [D-TN-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Coleman, Ronald D. [D-TX-16] 03/20/1996
Rep. Collins, Barbara-Rose [D-MI-15] 03/20/1996
Rep. Collins, Cardiss [D-IL-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14] 03/20/1996
Rep. Costello, Jerry F. [D-IL-12] 03/20/1996
Rep. Coyne, William J. [D-PA-14] 03/20/1996
Rep. Danner, Pat [D-MO-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. de la Garza, E. [D-TX-15] 03/20/1996
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Dellums, Ronald V. [D-CA-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Dicks, Norman D. [D-WA-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-16] 03/20/1996
Rep. Dixon, Julian C. [D-CA-32] 03/20/1996
Rep. Dooley, Calvin M. [D-CA-20] 03/20/1996
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18] 03/20/1996
Rep. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL-20] 03/20/1996
Rep. Edwards, Chet [D-TX-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-17] 03/20/1996
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-14] 03/20/1996
Rep. Evans, Lane [D-IL-17] 03/20/1996
Rep. Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. [D-AS-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-17] 03/20/1996
Rep. Fattah, Chaka [D-PA-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Fazio, Vic [D-CA-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Fields, Cleo [D-LA-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Filner, Bob [D-CA-50] 03/20/1996
Rep. Flake, Floyd H. [D-NY-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Foglietta, Thomas M. [D-PA-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Ford, Harold E. [D-TN-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Frank, Barney [D-MA-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Frazer, Victor O. [I-VI-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Frost, Martin [D-TX-24] 03/20/1996
Rep. Furse, Elizabeth [D-OR-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gejdenson, Sam [D-CT-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gephardt, Richard A. [D-MO-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gibbons, Sam [D-FL-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gonzalez, Henry B. [D-TX-20] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gordon, Bart [D-TN-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] 03/20/1996
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Hall, Tony P. [D-OH-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Harman, Jane [D-CA-36] 03/20/1996
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-23] 03/20/1996
Rep. Hefner, W. G. (Bill) [D-NC-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Hilliard, Earl F. [D-AL-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-26] 03/20/1996
Rep. Holden, Tim [D-PA-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [D-IL-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Jacobs, Andrew, Jr. [D-IN-10] 03/20/1996
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] 03/20/1996
Rep. Johnson, Tim [D-SD-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Johnston, Harry [D-FL-19] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kanjorski, Paul E. [D-PA-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., II [D-MA-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kennedy, Patrick J. [D-RI-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kennelly, Barbara B. [D-CT-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kildee, Dale E. [D-MI-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Kleczka, Gerald D. [D-WI-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Klink, Ron [D-PA-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. LaFalce, John J. [D-NY-29] 03/20/1996
Rep. Lantos, Tom [D-CA-12] 03/20/1996
Rep. Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 03/20/1996
Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-12] 03/20/1996
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Lincoln, Blanche L. [D-AR-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Lipinski, William O. [D-IL-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-16] 03/20/1996
Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-18] 03/20/1996
Rep. Luther, Bill [D-MN-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-14] 03/20/1996
Rep. Manton, Thomas J. [D-NY-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Martinez, Matthew G. [D-CA-31] 03/20/1996
Rep. Mascara, Frank [D-PA-20] 03/20/1996
Rep. Matsui, Robert T. [D-CA-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. McCarthy, Karen [D-MO-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. McHale, Paul [D-PA-15] 03/20/1996
Rep. McKinney, Cynthia A. [D-GA-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Meehan, Martin T. [D-MA-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Meek, Carrie P. [D-FL-17] 03/20/1996
Rep. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ-13] 03/20/1996
Rep. Miller, George [D-CA-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Minge, David [D-MN-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Mink, Patsy T. [D-HI-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Moakley, John Joseph [D-MA-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Oberstar, James L. [D-MN-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Obey, David R. [D-WI-7] 03/20/1996
Rep. Olver, John W. [D-MA-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Ortiz, Solomon P. [D-TX-27] 03/20/1996
Rep. Orton, Bill [D-UT-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Owens, Major R. [D-NY-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Pastor, Ed [D-AZ-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Payne, Donald M. [D-NJ-10] 03/20/1996
Rep. Payne, Lewis F., Jr. [D-VA-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-8] 03/20/1996
Rep. Peterson, Douglas (Pete) [D-FL-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Pickett, Owen B. [D-VA-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Poshard, Glenn [D-IL-19] 03/20/1996
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-15] 03/20/1996
Rep. Richardson, Bill [D-NM-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Rivers, Lynn N. [D-MI-13] 03/20/1996
Rep. Roemer, Tim [D-IN-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Romero-Barcelo, Carlos A. [D-PR-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-33] 03/20/1996
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Sabo, Martin Olav [D-MN-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Sawyer, Tom [D-OH-14] 03/20/1996
Rep. Schroeder, Patricia [D-CO-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-16] 03/20/1996
Rep. Skaggs, David E. [D-CO-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Skelton, Ike [D-MO-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-28] 03/20/1996
Rep. Spratt, John M., Jr. [D-SC-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-13] 03/20/1996
Rep. Stenholm, Charles W. [D-TX-17] 03/20/1996
Rep. Stokes, Louis [D-OH-11] 03/20/1996
Rep. Studds, Gerry E. [D-MA-10] 03/20/1996
Rep. Stupak, Bart [D-MI-1] 03/20/1996
Rep. Tejeda, Frank [D-TX-28] 03/20/1996
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Thurman, Karen L. [D-FL-5] 03/20/1996
Rep. Torres, Estaban Edward [D-CA-34] 03/20/1996
Rep. Torricelli, Robert G. [D-NJ-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Towns, Edolphus [D-NY-10] 03/20/1996
Rep. Traficant, James A., Jr. [D-OH-17] 03/20/1996
Rep. Underwood, Robert A. [D-GU-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-12] 03/20/1996
Rep. Vento, Bruce F. [D-MN-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Volkmer, Harold L. [D-MO-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Ward, Mike [D-KY-3] 03/20/1996
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-35] 03/20/1996
Rep. Watt, Melvin L. [D-NC-12] 03/20/1996
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-29] 03/20/1996
Rep. Williams, Pat [D-MT-At Large] 03/20/1996
Rep. Wise, Robert E., Jr. [D-WV-2] 03/20/1996
Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C. [D-CA-6] 03/20/1996
Rep. Wynn, Albert Russell [D-MD-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Yates, Sidney R. [D-IL-9] 03/20/1996
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 03/20/1996
Rep. Horn, Stephen [R-CA-38] 03/21/1996
Rep. Bachus, Spencer [R-AL-6] 03/21/1996
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1] 03/21/1996
Rep. LaHood, Ray [R-IL-18] 03/22/1996
Rep. Barcia, James A. [D-MI-5] 03/22/1996
Rep. Reed, Jack [D-RI-2] 03/27/1996
Rep. Roberts, Pat [R-KS-1] 03/27/1996
Rep. Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. [D-AL-5] 04/30/1996
Rep. Thornton, Ray [D-AR-2] 05/07/1996

Committees (3)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Commerce01/25/1996 Referred to
House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment01/31/1996 Referred to
House Ways and Means01/25/1996 Referred to
House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health02/01/1996 Referred to
House Economic and Educational Opportunities01/25/1996 Referred to
House Economic and Educational Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations02/09/1996 Referred to

No related bill information was received for H.R.2893.


Latest Summary (1)

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Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/25/1996)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Health Care Access, Portability, and Renewability

Subtitle A: Group Market Rules

Subtitle B: Individual Market Rules

Subtitle C: COBRA Clarifications

Subtitle D: Private Health Plan Purchasing Cooperatives

Title II: Application and Enforcement of Standards

Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions

Health Insurance Reform Act of 1996 - Title I: Health Care Access, Portability, and Renewability - Subtitle A: Group Market Rules - Prohibits insurers from declining to offer whole group coverage to a group purchaser. Allows plans to establish eligibility, continuation, enrollment, or premium requirements, provided the requirements are not based on health status, medical condition, or similar factors.

(Sec. 102) Mandates plan renewability, except for premium nonpayment, material misrepresentation, plan termination, or other specified reasons.

(Sec. 103) Regulates the circumstances in which a plan may impose a benefit limitation or exclusion because of a preexisting condition. Allows State laws (unless preempted by specified provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)) that: (1) limit preexisting conditions to shorter periods than the provisions of this paragraph; or (2) recognize previous qualifying coverage with a lapse period longer than provided for by the provisions of this paragraph.

(Sec. 104) Mandates special enrollment periods for individuals who have certain types of changes in family composition or employment status.

(Sec. 105) Regulates disclosures an insurer must make to a small employer (as defined in State law or, if not defined in State law, employers with not more than 50 employees).

Amends ERISA to modify requirements regarding disclosures to plan participants and beneficiaries.

Subtitle B: Individual Market Rules - Prohibits an insurer (for an individual in a period of previous qualifying coverage) from declining to offer coverage or denying enrollment based on health status, medical condition, or similar factors.

(Sec. 111) Mandates renewability of coverage for individuals, except for nonpayment of premiums, material misrepresentation, or plan termination.

(Sec. 112) Requires that State law in effect on, or enacted after, enactment of this Act apply in lieu of the standards above in this subtitle unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that the State law does not achieve access goals described in this subtitle. Allows States to meet those goals by using a National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model adopted using a consultation process the Secretary approves.

Subtitle C: COBRA Clarifications - Amends the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and the Internal Revenue Code to modify continuation coverage requirements.

Subtitle D: Private Health Plan Purchasing Cooperatives - Requires a State to certify health plan purchasing cooperatives (HPPCs) meeting the requirements of this paragraph. Provides for Federal certification if a State fails to do so. Regulates HPPC organization, duties, and activities. Preempts, for a HPPC meeting these requirements, State fictitious group laws. Preempts State premium rating requirement laws in certain circumstances. Requires compliance with State mandated benefit laws. Applies to HPPCs, for enforcement purposes only, the requirements of ERISA provisions relating to fiduciary responsibility and administration and enforcement.

Title II: Application and Enforcement of Standards - Deems a requirement or standard under this Act imposed on a plan to be imposed on the issuer.

(Sec. 202) Requires each State to mandate that each plan in the State meet the standards under this Act pursuant to an enforcement plan filed by the State with the Secretary of Labor, with employee plans enforced in the same manner as under specified ERISA provisions.

Provides for Federal enforcement if a State fails to do so.

Title III: Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the Public Health Service Act to allow a health maintenance organization, if notified by a member that a medical savings account has been established for the member and if the member requests, to reduce the basic health services payment by requiring the payment of a deductible for basic health services.

Mandates a study and report to appropriate congressional committees on: (1) mechanisms to ensure the availability of reasonably priced health coverage to employers purchasing group and individuals purchasing non-group coverage; and (2) whether standards limiting premium variation will further the purposes of this Act.