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House to Take Up 'Keep Your Health Plan Act'

7:27 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Last night, Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The goal is simple: To allow people who like their health care plans to keep them for the next year under Obamacare.

"To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current individual health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum es- sential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes," the official summary of the bill reads.

The bill's number is H.R. 3350, and I'm told that House Republicans will be able to "move this."

A similar proposal has been supported by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

And here's the entire text of the legislation Upton introduced last night: 

A BILL

To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current individual health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposes.

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 ‘‘Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013’’.

SEC. 2. IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (including any amendment made by such Act or by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010), a health insurance issuer that has in effect health insurance coverage in the individual market as of January 1, 2013, may continue after such date to offer such coverage for sale during 2014 in such market outside of an Exchange established under section 1311 or 1321 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 18031, 18041).

(b) TREATMENT AS GRANDFATHERED HEALTH PLAN IN SATISFACTION OF MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.—Health insurance coverage described in sub-section (a) shall be treated as a grandfathered health plan for purposes of the amendment made by section 1501(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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