Summary: H.R.15 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/07/2003)

National Health Insurance Act - Makes medical services available to eligible individuals. Authorizes the National Health Insurance Board (established by this Act) to limit services when personnel, facilities, or funds are inadequate. Allows patient choice of physicians and hospitals.

Allows providers to choose their practice locality and, consistent with State law and professional ethics, reject patients.

Establishes: (1) in the Department of Health and Human Services the National Health Insurance Board; and (2) the National Advisory Medical Policy Council.

Limits, for individuals entitled to benefits under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act, benefits under this Act to services for which the individual is not eligible under Medicare.

Authorizes grants to: (1) educational institutions regarding the training of personnel providing or administering benefits; and (2) individuals in courses regarding the provision or administration of benefits. Requires that funds be made available.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a tax on each taxable transaction (the sale of property, performance of services, and importing of property by a taxable person in a commercial-type transaction). Sets the tax rate at zero for specified transactions.

Establishes the National Health Care Trust Fund. Appropriates to the Fund amounts received from the value added tax. Allows the Fund to be used only to carry out the program under this Act.