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  • US HR5447
  • Small Business Health Care Relief Act of 2016
Introduced
(9/19/2016)
In Committee
(9/19/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/22/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
114th Congress
Small Business Health Care Relief Act of 2016 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and other laws to exempt qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) from certain requirements that apply to group health plans. A qualified small employer HRA is offered by employers that have fewer than 50 full-time employees and do not offer group health plans to any of their employees. A qualified small employer HRA must: be provided on the same terms to all eligible employees of the employer; be funded solely by the employer without salary reduction contributions; provide, after an employee provides proof of coverage, for the payment or reimbursement of medical expenses of the employee and family members; and limit annual payments and reimbursements to specified dollar amounts. HRAs that meet these requirements are not considered group health plans and are exempt from various requirements that apply to group health plans, including coverage and cost-sharing requirements. (Under current law, employers that sponsor group health plans that do not meet specified requirements are subject to an excise tax.) Coverage and payments under a qualified HRA are excluded from gross income, unless the employee does not have minimum essential coverage for the month in which the medical care was provided. Employers offering a qualified HRA must notify employees in advance regarding permitted benefits and report benefit information on W-2 forms and to health exchanges. The bill sets forth requirements for determining whether an employee covered under an HRA is also eligible for premium subsidies under PPACA.
Employee benefits and pensions, Health care costs and insurance, Health care coverage and access, Income tax exclusion, Small business, Tax administration and collection, taxpayers, Taxation
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.  (on 9/19/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
9/19/2016 S Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
6/23/2016 S Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 526.
6/22/2016 S Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
6/21/2016 H Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6/21/2016 H On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H4021-4022)
6/21/2016 H DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5447.
6/21/2016 H Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4021-4024)
6/21/2016 H Mr. Boustany moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
6/21/2016 H Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 493.
6/21/2016 H Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
6/21/2016 H Committee on Education and the Workforce discharged.
6/21/2016 H Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means. H. Rept. 114-634, Part I.
6/15/2016 H Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
6/15/2016 H Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
6/15/2016 H Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
6/10/2016 H Referred to House Energy and Commerce
6/10/2016 H Referred to House Education and the Workforce
6/10/2016 H Referred to House Ways and Means
6/10/2016 H Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
6/10/2016 H Introduced in House
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