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Short Title(s) as Introduced

Physician Pro Bono Care Act of 2019

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a deduction for certain charity care furnished by physicians, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
01/29/2019Introduced in House

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Date All Actions
01/29/2019Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Ways and Means
01/29/2019Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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
01/29/2019Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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
01/29/2019Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Ways and Means01/29/2019 Referred to
House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health01/29/2019 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce01/29/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/29/2019)

Physician Pro Bono Care Act of 2019

This bill allows a tax deduction for direct primary care physicians who provide charity care. The care must be provided without expectation of reimbursement and to an individual enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

A "direct primary care physician" is a physician who provides primary care (1) to individuals who have paid a periodic subscription fee, and (2) in exchange for a fee that is published on a publicly available website of the physician.

The bill also specifies that a physician is not liable under federal or state law for harm caused by an act or omission of the physician, or attending medical personnel supporting the physician, if the act or omission (1) occurs in the course of furnishing charity care, and (2) was not grossly negligent. The bill preempts laws of a state or a political subdivision of the state that are inconsistent with this provision, unless the laws provide greater protection from liability for a defendant.