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Text of H.R. 1253: Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009

March 17, 2009

This version: Introduced in House. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the House for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill available on this website.

HR 1253 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1253

To require that limitations and restrictions on coverage under group health plans be timely disclosed to group health plan sponsors and timely communicated to participants and beneficiaries under such plans in a form that is easily understandable.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 3, 2009

Mr. BURGESS (for himself and Mr. STUPAK) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor and 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


A BILL

To require that limitations and restrictions on coverage under group health plans be timely disclosed to group health plan sponsors and timely communicated to participants and beneficiaries under such plans in a form that is easily understandable.

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 ‘Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009’.

SEC. 2. DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS.

(a) ERISA- Section 702(a)(2)(B) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1182(a)(2)(B)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘so long as–

‘(i) such limitations and restrictions are explicit and clear;

‘(ii) in the case of such limitations and restrictions in health insurance coverage offered in connection with the group health plan, such limitations and restrictions have been disclosed in writing to the plan sponsor in advance of the point of sale to the plan;

‘(iii) the plan sponsor of the health insurance coverage provide, to participants and beneficiaries in the plan in advance of the point of their enrollment under the plan, a description of such limitations and restrictions in a form that is easily understandable by such participants and beneficiaries; and

‘(iv) the plan sponsor and the issuer of the coverage provide such description to participants and beneficiaries upon their enrollment under the plan at the earliest opportunity that other materials are provided.’.

(b) PHSA- Section 2702(a)(2)(B) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg-1(a)(2)(B)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘so long as–

‘(i) such limitations and restrictions are explicit and clear;

‘(ii) in the case of such limitations and restrictions in health insurance coverage offered in connection with the group health plan, such limitations and restrictions have been disclosed in writing to the plan sponsor in advance of the point of sale to the plan;

‘(iii) the plan sponsor and the issuer of the group health insurance coverage make available, to participants and beneficiaries in the plan in advance of the point of their enrollment under the plan, a description of such limitations and restrictions in a form that is easily understandable by such participants and beneficiaries; and

‘(iv) the plan sponsor and the issuer of the coverage provides such description to participants and beneficiaries upon their enrollment under the plan at the earliest opportunity that other materials are provided.’.

(c) Internal Revenue Code- Section 9802(a)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘so long as–

‘(i) such limitations and restrictions are explicit and clear;

‘(ii) the group health plan makes available, to participants and beneficiaries in the plan in advance of the point of their enrollment under the plan, a description of such limitations and restrictions in a form that is easily understandable by such participants and beneficiaries; and

‘(iii) the plan provides such description to participants and beneficiaries upon their enrollment under the plan at the earliest opportunity that other materials are provided.’.

(d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to plan years beginning after 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2009 3:06 pm

    Do you think Obama is going to change our health care system?

  2. goldiron permalink*
    March 18, 2009 3:15 pm

    Yes, definitely.

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