Text: H.R.537 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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[H.R. 537 Introduced in House (IH)]

114th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 537

   To require any communication using Federal funds to advertise or 
educate the public on certain provisions of the Patient Protection and 
Affordable Care Act and the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act 
   of 2010 to state that such communication was produced at taxpayer 
                    expense, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 26, 2015

  Mr. Womack (for himself, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Hill, Mr. Westerman, Mr. 
  Jolly, Mr. Loudermilk, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. Barr, Mr. 
      Benishek, Mr. Nunnelee, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Kelly of 
 Pennsylvania, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Olson, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Grothman, 
 and Mr. Ribble) introduced the following bill; which was referred to 
the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees 
 on Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce, 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

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                                 A BILL


 
   To require any communication using Federal funds to advertise or 
educate the public on certain provisions of the Patient Protection and 
Affordable Care Act and the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act 
   of 2010 to state that such communication was produced at taxpayer 
                    expense, and for other purposes.

    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 ``Truth in Obamacare Advertising Act 
of 2015''.

SEC. 2. REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

    (a) Identification of Cost to Taxpayers.--Each communication that 
is federally funded, directly or indirectly, to advertise or educate 
the public on the provisions described in subsection (c) or any 
programs, activities, requirements, or regulations established, funded, 
or authorized by such provisions, shall include a statement clearly 
indicating--
            (1) in the case of a printed communication, including 
        mailings, signs, and billboards, that the communication is 
        printed and published at taxpayer expense; or
            (2) in the case of a communication transmitted through 
        radio, television, the Internet, or any means other than the 
        means described in paragraph (1), that the communication is 
        produced and disseminated at taxpayer expense.
    (b) Additional Requirements.--
            (1) Printed communication.--Any statement required under 
        subsection (a)(1) for a printed communication shall--
                    (A) be of sufficient type size to be clearly 
                readable by the viewer of the communication;
                    (B) be contained in a printed box set apart from 
                the other contents of the communication; and
                    (C) be printed with a reasonable degree of color 
                contrast between the background and the printed 
                statement.
            (2) Audio, video, and internet communication.--
                    (A) Requirement for audio and video 
                communication.--Any statement required under subsection 
                (a)(2) for an audio or video communication shall be 
                conveyed in a clearly spoken manner.
                    (B) Additional requirements for video 
                communication.--In addition to the requirement in 
                subparagraph (A), any statement required under 
                subsection (a)(2) for a video communication shall--
                            (i) be conveyed by a voice-over or screen 
                        view of the person making the statement; and
                            (ii) appear in writing at the end of the 
                        communication in a clearly readable manner with 
                        a reasonable degree of color contrast between 
                        the background and the printed statement, for a 
                        period of at least 4 seconds.
                    (C) Requirements for e-mail communication.--Any 
                statement required under subsection (a)(2) for an e-
                mail communication shall--
                            (i) be of sufficient type size to be 
                        clearly readable by the recipient of the 
                        communication;
                            (ii) be set apart from the other contents 
                        of the communication; and
                            (iii) be displayed with a reasonable degree 
                        of color contrast between the background and 
                        the statement.
    (c) Covered Provisions.--The requirements in this section apply to 
the following provisions of Federal law:
            (1) Title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
        Act (Public Law 111-148), including any amendments made by such 
        title.
            (2) Any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable 
        Care Act that amends title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 
        U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) or otherwise expands, provides funding 
        for, or modifies the Medicaid program under such title.
            (3) Subtitles A, C, and E of title I and subtitle B of 
        title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 
        2010 (Public Law 111-152), including any amendments made by 
        such provisions.
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