H.R.1496 - Small Business Access and Choice for Entrepreneurs Act of 1999106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Talent, Jim [R-MO-2] (Introduced 04/20/1999)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||05/21/1999 Referred to the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1496 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (04/20/1999)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I: Affordable Health Coverage for Employees of Small
Title II: Deduction for Health Insurance Costs of Self-Employed Individuals
Small Business Access and Choice for Entrepreneurs Act of 1999 - Title I: Affordable Health Coverage for Employees of Small Businesses - Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to establish rules governing health plans sponsored by certain associations, including requirements for: (1) certification; (2) sponsors and boards of trustees, and treatment of franchised networks and collectively bargained plans; (3) participation and coverage of employers and individuals and of previously uninsured employees; (4) plan documents, contribution rates, and benefit options; (5) maintenance of reserves, excess-stop loss insurance, and solvency indemnification for plans providing health benefits in addition to health insurance coverage; (6) applications and related reporting; (7) notice for voluntary termination; and (8) corrective actions and mandatory termination.
(Sec. 101) Directs the Secretary of Labor to apply, to the appropriate Federal district court, to be appointed trustee of certain insolvent association health plans which provide health benefits in addition to health insurance coverage.
Allows a State to impose a contribution tax on an association health plan that begins operations in such State after the enactment of this Act.
(Sec. 102) Revises requirements for treatment of single employer arrangements.
(Sec. 103) Revises requirements for certain collectively bargained arrangements.
(Sec. 104) Sets forth enforcement requirements relating to association health plans.
(Sec. 105) Sets forth State responsibilities, and requirements for cooperation between Federal and State authorities, with respect to association health plans.
(Sec. 106) Prescribes special rules for certain existing health benefits programs.
Title II: Deduction for Health Insurance Costs of Self-Employed Individuals - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase the amount allowed as a tax deduction for health insurance costs of self-employed individuals.