Summary: H.R.3000 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3000. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (09/04/2003)

Josephine Butler United States Health Service Act - Establishes the United States Health Service (Service) as an independent executive branch entity. Provides that the authority of the Service shall be exercised by a National Health Board of the Service (Board) and by local and regional authorities affiliated with the Board. Requires the Board to establish health care delivery regions.

Affords every user of the Service the right to receive high quality care and supplemental services from any facility within the Service capable of providing such services without charge and without discrimination. Sets forth a list of other basic health rights.

Declares all individuals in the United States eligible to receive health care and supplemental services under this Act. Requires the Service to provide specified services. Provides for the reimbursement of emergency health services costs.

Requires the establishment of health care facilities as necessary to provide services.

Sets forth provisions concerning job categories, certification standards, qualifications, and the education of health workers.

Requires the establishment of a health advocacy program to ensure patients rights.

Imposes on individuals, estates and trusts, and on corporations additional taxes of specified percentages of the total taxes otherwise imposed, creates the Health Service Trust Fund, and appropriates to such Fund such additional taxes, the Federal Hospital Insurance employment taxes, and a Government contribution equal to 40 percent of the amount so appropriated. Transfers to the Fund all assets and liabilities of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund.