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116th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 4597

   To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate cost 
 sharing for biosimilar biological products furnished under part B of 
                         the Medicare program.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            October 1, 2019

   Mr. Peters (for himself, Mr. Brindisi, and Mr. King of New York) 
 introduced the following bill; which was 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

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                                 A BILL


 
   To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate cost 
 sharing for biosimilar biological products furnished under part B of 
                         the Medicare program.

    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 ``Acting to Cancel Copays and Ensure 
Substantial Savings for Biosimilars Act of 2019'' or the ``ACCESS for 
Biosimilars Act of 2019''.

SEC. 2. ELIMINATING COST SHARING FOR BIOSIMILAR BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS 
              FURNISHED UNDER PART B OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM.

    Section 1833 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l) is 
amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)(1)(S), by inserting ``(or, in the 
        case of such a biological that is a specified biosimilar 
        biological product (as defined in subsection (cc)) furnished 
        during a year (beginning with 2020) to an individual who is a 
        cost-sharing reduction eligible individual (as defined in such 
        subsection) with respect to such year, 100 percent)'' after 
        ``80 percent''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(cc) Specified Biosimilar Biological Product Reduced Cost-Sharing 
Provisions.--
            ``(1) Definitions.--
                    ``(A) Cost-sharing reduction eligible individual 
                defined.--For purposes of subsection (a)(1)(S) and with 
                respect to a year, the term `cost-sharing reduction 
                eligible individual' means an individual who, as of 
                January 1 of such year--
                            ``(i) is enrolled under this part; and
                            ``(ii) does not have qualifying coverage 
                        (as defined in subparagraph (B)).
                    ``(B) Qualifying coverage.--
                            ``(i) In general.--For purposes of 
                        subparagraph (A), the term `qualifying 
                        coverage' means, with respect to an individual, 
                        coverage--
                                    ``(I) under--
                                            ``(aa) a group health plan 
                                        or health insurance coverage 
                                        (as such terms are defined in 
                                        section 2791 of the Public 
                                        Health Service Act);
                                            ``(bb) a Federal health 
                                        care program (as defined in 
                                        section 1128B(f)), other than 
                                        the program established under 
                                        this title;
                                            ``(cc) the health insurance 
                                        program under chapter 89 of 
                                        title 5, United States Code;
                                            ``(dd) a medicare 
                                        supplemental policy under 
                                        section 1882; or
                                            ``(ee) an MA or MA-PD plan; 
                                        and
                                    ``(II) that meets--
                                            ``(aa) in the case of 
                                        coverage described in any of 
                                        items (aa) through (dd) of 
                                        subclause (I), the condition 
                                        described in clause (ii); and
                                            ``(bb) in the case of 
                                        coverage described in item (ee) 
                                        of subclause (I), the condition 
                                        described in clause (iii).
                            ``(ii) Condition for coverage other than 
                        part c coverage.--For purposes of clause 
                        (i)(II)(aa), the condition described in this 
                        clause, with respect to an individual enrolled 
                        in coverage described in any of items (aa) 
                        through (dd) of clause (i)(I) during a year, is 
                        that such coverage provides for the payment of 
                        all cost sharing owed by such individual under 
                        this part (or, if applicable, under an MA or 
                        MA-PD plan) with respect to a specified 
                        biosimilar biological product (as defined in 
                        subparagraph (C)) furnished under this part 
                        (or, if applicable, under an MA or MA-PD plan) 
                        during such year, not taking into account the 
                        application of any deductible under such 
                        coverage.
                            ``(iii) Condition for part c coverage.--For 
                        purposes of clause (i)(II)(bb), the condition 
                        described in this clause, with respect to an 
                        individual enrolled in an MA or MA-PD plan 
                        during a year, is that such plan provides for 
                        no cost sharing for such individual with 
                        respect to a specified biological biosimilar 
                        product (as defined in subparagraph (C)) 
                        furnished under such plan during such year.
                    ``(C) Specified biosimilar biological product.--For 
                purposes of subsection (a)(1)(S), the term `specified 
                biosimilar biological product' means a biosimilar 
                biological product (as defined in subsection (c)(6) of 
                section 1847A) for which the payment amount determined 
                under subsection (b)(8) of such section for such 
                product is less than the payment amount determined 
                under subsection (b)(4) of such section for the 
                reference biological product (as defined in subsection 
                (c)(6) of such section).
            ``(2) Determinations.--The Secretary shall establish a 
        process--
                    ``(A) for determining whether an individual is a 
                cost-sharing reduction eligible individual for a year; 
                and
                    ``(B) for notifying MA organizations of such a 
                determination made with respect to an individual 
                enrolled under an MA plan or MA-PD plan offered by such 
                organization during such year.''.
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