Summary: H.R.5297 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5297. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/26/2002)

Health Care Continuation Coverage Act of 2002 - Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program to provide premium assistance for qualified individuals for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) continuation coverage under the Public Health Service Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Requires States to provide temporary Medicaid coverage, under title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act, for individuals who: (1) have become totally or partially separated from employment on or after July 1, 2001; (2) are not eligible for COBRA continuation coverage; and (3) are not covered under a group health plan, health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. Includes coverage of such individuals' spouses and dependents who are also uninsured.

Requires States, under Medicaid, to pay the unsubsidized portion of COBRA continuation benefits for individuals who: (1) have become totally or partially separated from employment on or after July 1, 2001; and (2) are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage. Includes coverage of such individuals' spouses and dependents who are also eligible and otherwise uninsured.

Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to exclude unemployment compensation in determining eligibility and benefits under such Act.