H.R.191 - Public Option Deficit Reduction Act

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option. as introduced.
  • Short: Public Option Deficit Reduction Act as introduced.

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1/5/2011--Introduced.Public Option Deficit Reduction Act - Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer through Exchanges a health benefits plan (public health insurance option) that ensures choice, competition,

Official Summary

1/5/2011--Introduced.Public Option Deficit Reduction Act - Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer through Exchanges a health benefits plan (public health insurance option) that ensures choice, competition, and stability of affordable, high-quality coverage throughout the United States. Declares that the Secretary's primary responsibility is to create a low-cost plan without compromising quality or access to care. Sets forth provisions related to the establishment and governance of the public health insurance option, including that such plan:
(1) may be made available only through Exchanges;
(2) must comply with requirements applicable to other health benefits plans offered through such Exchanges, including requirements related to benefits, benefit levels, provider networks, notices, consumer protections, and cost sharing; and
(3) must offer bronze, silver, and gold plan levels. Requires the Secretary to:
(1) establish an office of the ombudsman for the public health insurance option;
(2) collect such data as may be required to establish premiums and payment rates;
(3) establish geographically adjusted premiums at a level sufficient to fully finance the costs of the health benefits provided and administrative costs related to the operation of the plan; and
(4) establish payment rates and provide for greater payment rates for the first three years. Requires repayment of start-up costs for the public health insurance option. Authorizes the Secretary to utilize innovative payment mechanisms and policies to determine payments for items and services under the public health insurance option.

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