H.R.358 - Protect Life Act

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. view all titles (5)

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  • Official: To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act. as introduced.
  • Short: Protect Life Act as introduced.
  • Official: Protect Life Act as introduced.
  • Short: Protect Life Act as reported to house.
  • Short: Protect Life Act as passed house.

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Joseph Pitts

R-PA

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Result: Passed - October 13, 2011

Roll call number 789 in the House

Question: On Passage: H R 358 To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act

 

OpenCongress Summary

Amends the new health care law so that no federal money could be applied to health insurance plans that cover elective abortions, even if the abortion coverage is paid for entirely with private funds. It also states that a federal agency can not force a health care provider that accepts Medicare or Medicaid to provide abortion services, even in cases when the mother's life is endangered.
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Official Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on March 17, 2011. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Protect Life Act - Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the cost

Official Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on March 17, 2011. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Protect Life Act - Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions. Prohibits a federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under PPACA from requiring any health plan created or regulated under PPACA to discriminate against any institutional or individual health care entity based on the entity's refusal to undergo training in the performance of induced abortions, require or provide such training, or refer for such training. Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA. Gives federal courts jurisdiction to prevent and redress actual or threatened violations of such provisions by issuing any form of legal or equitable relief, including injunctions and orders preventing the disbursement of all or a portion of federal financial assistance until the prohibited conduct has ceased. Gives standing to institute an action to affected health care entities and the Attorney General. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive and investigate complaints alleging a violation of PPACA abortion provisions. Requires the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to ensure that no multistate qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion services.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.358

  • National Right to Life Committee
  • Family Research Council
  • Heritage Foundation
  • National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Organizations Opposing H.R.358

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs
  • National Women's Law Center
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • ...and 29 more. See all.


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