Text: H.R.6171 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/22/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6171

To prohibit conditioning licensure of a health care provider upon participation in a health plan.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 22, 2010

Mr. Price of Georgia (for himself, Mr. Gingrey of Georgia, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Daniel E. Lungren of California, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Posey, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Bilbray, Mr. Coffman of Colorado, Mr. McClintock, and Mr. Roe of Tennessee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To prohibit conditioning licensure of a health care provider upon participation in a health plan.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Medical Freedom Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Health care provider licensure cannot be conditioned on participation in a health plan.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services and any State (as a condition of receiving Federal financial participation under title XIX of the Social Security Act) may not require any health care provider to participate in any health plan as a condition of licensure of the provider in any State.

(b) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) HEALTH PLAN.—The term “health plan” has the meaning given such term in section 1171(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d(5)), and includes a basic health program established under section 1331 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148), a qualified health plan offered by a qualified nonprofit health insurance issuer under the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO–OP) program under section 1322 of such Act, a qualified health plan offered under a health care choice compact under section 1333 of such Act, a multi-state qualified health plan offered under section 1334 of such Act, or other health plan offered under title I of such Act.

(2) HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.—The term “health care provider” means any person or entity that is required by State or Federal laws or regulations to be licensed, registered, or certified to provide health care services and is so licensed, registered, or certified, or exempted from such requirement by other statute or regulation.

(3) STATE.—The term “State” has the meaning given such term for purposes of title XIX of the Social Security Act.