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Introduced in Senate (12/18/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1849


To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a fixed annual open enrollment period.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 18, 2013

Mr. Alexander (for himself, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Inhofe, and Mr. Isakson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a fixed annual open enrollment period.

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 “Premium Disclosure Act”.

SEC. 2. Annual open enrollment periods under the ACA.

Section 1311(c)(6) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(c)(6)) is amended—

(1) by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

    “(B) annual open enrollment periods that commence on October 15 and end on December 7 of each calendar year after the initial open enrollment period, and such dates shall not be subject to modification by any action of the Secretary;”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following flush sentence:

“The Secretary shall carry out activities that are designed to broadly disseminate information to qualified individuals (and individuals who may become qualified individuals) concerning open enrollment periods, monthly beneficiary premiums, and beneficiary cost-sharing requirements under qualified health plans under this part. Such activities shall ensure that such information is first made available to individuals at least 30 days prior to the initial open enrollment period.”.