Text: H.R.3429 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/30/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3429

To protect personal and financial information by requiring certain certifications by entities awarded funds under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the operation of a Navigator program or certain other Exchange activities.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 30, 2013

Mrs. McMorris Rodgers (for herself and Mr. Lankford) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To protect personal and financial information by requiring certain certifications by entities awarded funds under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the operation of a Navigator program or certain other Exchange activities.

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

SECTION 1. Protecting personal and financial information by requiring certain certifications by entities awarded ACA funds for the operation of a Navigator program or certain other Exchange activities.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) shall require that in the case of an entity designated by or awarded funds by an Exchange or the Secretary for the operation of a Navigator program under subsection (i) of section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031) or for carrying out activities to facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans or to advocate for enrolling certain populations in qualified health plans, such entity shall certify to the Secretary (and periodically recertify during the period of such designation or award) the following:

(1) The entity has in place appropriate policies and safeguards to protect any personally identifiable information and financial information collected or used by such entity with respect to the operation of such program or with respect to carrying out such activities, as applicable.

(2) The entity has in place appropriate policies prohibiting the employment by such entity, with respect to the operation of such program or with respect to carrying out such activities, as applicable, of any individual who has been convicted of—

(A) an offense under section 1028 or 1028A of title 18, United States Code, or any similar crime pertaining to identity theft under the laws of a State; or

(B) a criminal felony involving dishonesty or a breach of trust described in section 1033(e) of title 18, United States Code, or any similar criminal felony pertaining to dishonesty or a breach of trust under the laws of a State.

(b) Enforcement.—If the Secretary determines, after notice and opportunity to appeal, that an entity described in subsection (a) is in violation of paragraph (1) or (2) of such subsection, the Secretary shall disqualify the entity from eligibility for any designation described in such subsection and from receipt of any funds awarded, after the date of such determination, under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031) for a purpose described in such subsection.

(c) Certification to Congress.—The Secretary shall annually certify to Congress that all entities receiving a designation described in subsection (a) or awarded funds under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031) for the year involved for a purpose described in such subsection are in compliance with paragraphs (1) and (2) of such subsection.

(d) Effective date.—The provisions of this section shall apply to designations made and funds awarded before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.