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Introduced in House (03/04/2013)

Health Care Conscience Rights Act - Amends title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to declare that nothing in such title shall require an individual to purchase individual health insurance coverage that includes coverage of an abortion or other item or service to which the individual has a moral or religious objection, or prevent an issuer from offering or issuing, to that individual, individual coverage excluding such item or service.

Makes similar denials about requiring a sponsor to sponsor, purchase, or provide such coverage, or a health insurance issuer or group health plan sponsor to cover an abortion or other item or service to which the sponsor or issuer has a moral or religious objection.

Denies also that such title authorizes imposition of a tax, penalty, fee, fine, or other sanction, or imposition of coverage of such an item or service, in relation to health insurance coverage or a group health plan that excludes such an item or service.

Amends the Public Health Service Act to codify the prohibition against any action by the federal government and any state or local government receiving federal financial assistance to subject a health professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, an accountable care organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan to discrimination on the basis that the entity refuses to participate in abortion-related activities.

Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive and investigate complaints alleging a violation of abortion discrimination prohibition.

Creates a cause of action for the Attorney General or any person or entity adversely affected to obtain equitable or legal relief for any violation of this abortion discrimination prohibition. Allows commencement of an action to be commenced and the granting of relief without a prerequisite pursuit of administrative remedies. Allows such an action against a federal or state governmental entity.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
03/04/2013 Introduced in House

All Actions (6)

Date
03/12/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: House Ways and Means
03/08/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: House Energy and Commerce
03/04/2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
Action By: House of Representatives
03/04/2013 Referred to House Energy and Commerce
Action By: House of Representatives
03/04/2013 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/04/2013 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Titles (2)

Short Titles:

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced:

Health Care Conscience Rights Act

Official Titles:

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced:

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services, to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit certain abortion-related discrimination in governmental activities, and for other purposes.


Subjects (13)

  • Abortion
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Comprehensive health care
  • Employee benefits and pensions
  • Health care costs and insurance
  • Health care coverage and access
  • Health personnel
  • Health programs administration and funding
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Medical education
  • Religion
  • Sales and excise taxes

Cosponsors (195)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Fleming, John [R-LA-4]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Daines, Steve [R-MT-At Large]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-3]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA-6]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Nunnelee, Alan [R-MS-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Hultgren, Randy [R-IL-14]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Bonner, Jo [R-AL-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Broun, Paul C. [R-GA-10]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Gingrey, Phil [R-GA-11]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Bentivolio, Kerry L. [R-MI-11]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Fincher, Stephen Lee [R-TN-8]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Westmoreland, Lynn A. [R-GA-3]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Bachus, Spencer [R-AL-6]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Jordan, Jim [R-OH-4]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Southerland, Steve II [R-FL-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]* 03/04/2013
Rep. Griffin, Tim [R-AR-2] 03/06/2013
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27] 03/06/2013
Rep. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY-At Large] 03/06/2013
Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] 03/06/2013
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 03/06/2013
Rep. Terry, Lee [R-NE-2] 03/06/2013
Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10] 03/06/2013
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] 03/06/2013
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 03/06/2013
Rep. Hall, Ralph M. [R-TX-4] 03/06/2013
Rep. Radel, Trey [R-FL-19] 03/06/2013
Rep. Lankford, James [R-OK-5] 03/06/2013
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 03/06/2013
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2] 03/06/2013
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 03/06/2013
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] 03/06/2013
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] 03/12/2013
Rep. Forbes, J. Randy [R-VA-4] 03/12/2013
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] 03/12/2013
Rep. Weber, Randy K. Sr. [R-TX-14] 03/12/2013
Rep. Price, Tom [R-GA-6] 03/12/2013
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] 03/12/2013
Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] 03/12/2013
Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] 03/12/2013
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 03/12/2013
Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] 03/12/2013
Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10] 03/12/2013
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] 03/12/2013
Rep. Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1] 03/12/2013
Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4] 03/12/2013
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-3] 03/12/2013
Rep. Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK-1] 03/12/2013
Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] 03/12/2013
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3] 03/13/2013
Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] 03/13/2013
Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] 03/13/2013
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 03/13/2013
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] 03/13/2013
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] 03/13/2013
Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] 03/13/2013
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 03/15/2013
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 03/15/2013
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] 03/15/2013
Rep. Bachmann, Michele [R-MN-6] 03/15/2013
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] 03/15/2013
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] 03/15/2013
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] 03/15/2013
Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] 03/15/2013
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 03/15/2013
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 03/15/2013
Rep. Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10] 03/18/2013
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 03/18/2013
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] 03/18/2013
Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1] 03/18/2013
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 03/18/2013
Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] 03/18/2013
Rep. Roby, Martha [R-AL-2] 03/19/2013
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 03/19/2013
Rep. Crenshaw, Ander [R-FL-4] 03/19/2013
Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] 03/20/2013
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] 03/25/2013
Rep. Camp, Dave [R-MI-4] 03/25/2013
Rep. Gardner, Cory [R-CO-4] 04/09/2013
Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4] 04/09/2013
Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [R-AL-4] 04/09/2013
Rep. Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1] 04/09/2013
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 04/09/2013
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [R-PA-8] 04/09/2013
Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4] 04/09/2013
Rep. McIntyre, Mike [D-NC-7] 04/09/2013
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 04/09/2013
Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] 04/09/2013
Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] 04/10/2013
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] 04/10/2013
Rep. Ryan, Paul [R-WI-1] 04/10/2013
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4] 04/10/2013
Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4] 04/11/2013
Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] 04/15/2013
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 04/16/2013
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4] 04/17/2013
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 04/23/2013
Rep. Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10] 04/23/2013
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-13] 04/23/2013
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 04/23/2013
Rep. Alexander, Rodney [R-LA-5] 04/23/2013
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] 04/24/2013
Rep. Amash, Justin [R-MI-3] 04/26/2013
Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] 05/06/2013
Rep. Cotton, Tom [R-AR-4] 05/06/2013
Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1] 05/14/2013
Rep. Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8] 05/14/2013
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] 05/14/2013
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] 05/14/2013
Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] 05/14/2013
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 05/15/2013
Rep. Latham, Tom [R-IA-3] 05/15/2013
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] 05/16/2013
Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] 05/16/2013
Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] 05/16/2013
Rep. Whitfield, Ed [R-KY-1] 05/16/2013
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] 05/20/2013
Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3] 05/20/2013
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] 05/20/2013
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5] 05/20/2013
Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6] 05/20/2013
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 05/20/2013
Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] 05/20/2013
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] 05/20/2013
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 05/20/2013
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 05/20/2013
Rep. Young, Todd C. [R-IN-9] 05/20/2013
Rep. Ribble, Reid J. [R-WI-8] 05/22/2013
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 05/22/2013
Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] 05/22/2013
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 05/22/2013
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] 05/22/2013
Rep. McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [R-CA-25] 05/23/2013
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 05/24/2013
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] 05/24/2013
Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] 06/03/2013
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] 06/04/2013
Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] 06/04/2013
Rep. Rigell, E. Scott [R-VA-2] 06/05/2013
Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3] 06/05/2013
Rep. Hurt, Robert [R-VA-5] 06/05/2013
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 06/06/2013
Rep. Womack, Steve [R-AR-3] 06/18/2013
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] 06/26/2013
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13] 07/08/2013
Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] 07/08/2013
Rep. DeSantis, Ron [R-FL-6] 07/17/2013
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 07/17/2013
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8] 07/25/2013
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 09/27/2013
Rep. Mulvaney, Mick [R-SC-5] 10/07/2013
Rep. Smith, Jason T. [R-MO-8] 10/22/2013
Rep. Stutzman, Marlin A. [R-IN-3] 11/13/2013
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50] 11/13/2013
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21] 12/03/2013
Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9] 12/09/2013
Rep. Yoder, Kevin [R-KS-3] 01/10/2014
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7] 01/13/2014
Rep. McAllister, Vance M. [R-LA-5] 01/16/2014
Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] 01/21/2014
Rep. Jolly, David [R-FL-13] 05/13/2014

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Energy and Commerce03/04/2013 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health03/08/2013 Referred to
House Ways and Means03/04/2013 Referred to
House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health03/12/2013 Referred to

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