H.R.1549: Helping Sick Americans Now Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about health
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Sponsor Joe Pitts, R-Pa.
Total Cosponsors 16 (All Republicans)
Introduced April 15, 2013
Latest Major Action April 24, 2013
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Bill Summary

Helping Sick Americans Now Act - Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to transfer from the Prevention and Public Health Fund any unobligated funds which are attributable to FY2013 and any funds that would otherwise be made available to the Fund for FY2014-FY2016 to a Department of Health and Human Services account to carry out the temporary high risk health insurance pool program (a program to provide health insurance coverage to eligible individuals with a preexisting condition). Requires such funds to be available for obligation on the date of enactment of this Act and to remain available through December 31, 2013.

Eliminates the eligibility requirement for the temporary high risk pool which prohibits an individual from having creditable coverage (health coverage) for six months before applying for coverage through the pool.

Requires the Secretary to administer the temporary high risk poo...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 24, 2013 Rule H. Res. 175 passed House.
April 23, 2013 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 175 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1549 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
April 19, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 28.
April 19, 2013 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 113-45.
April 17, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 27 - 20.
April 17, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
April 16, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
April 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.