House Democrats Issue Revised Health Care Reform Bill
Posted on July 15, 2009 by Anne Hance
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives issued on July 14, 2009, a revised health care reform bill: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.
A whopping 1,018 pages long, the draft legislation addresses many of the key topics relating to health care reform, including the following:
• Medicare and Medicaid reforms
• Creation of health insurance exchanges in local service area, all of which would include a public plan option
• Provisions to promote preventive and wellness services
• Measures to improve efforts to combat fraud, waste and abuse
The revised bill also includes new provisions, such as a proposed tax on self-insured health plans, to fund the proposed health care reform.
Click here for a description of the legislation, released in conjunction with the bill.
Click here for a section-by-section summary of the bill.
Click here for a document comparing this July 14, 2009, bill to the initial draft bill issued by House Democrats on June 17, 2009. Click here for a summary of top-line changes between the June 17, 2009, and July 14, 2009, versions of the legislation.
Click here for additional information about the proposed legislation, including descriptive documents released in connection with the bill, that is available on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce website.
Click here for a timeline in which the proposed legislation would be implemented.
Click here for the Congressional Budget Office's preliminary analysis of the legislation's cost.