House Several Passes Several Health Care-Related Measures

Last week, the House of Representatives passed three bills which make changes to the health care system:

The Broader Options for Americans Act (BOAA) (H.R. 2579), sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), provides individuals who recently lost their job access to premium tax credits to help pay for unsubsidized COBRA continuation of health insurance coverage. H.R. 2579 passed the House on June 15, by a vote of 267-144.

The VETERAN Act (H.R. 2372), introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), would make law a regulation that would allow veterans who are not already enrolled in and receiving health insurance through the Veterans Administration to receive premium tax credits to purchase coverage on the individual insurance market. H.R. 2372 passed the House on June 15, by unanimously by voice vote.

The Verify First Act (H.R. 2581), authored by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), would tighten verification requirements by requiring a person’s eligibility for a tax credit be determined in advance of purchasing a health care plan. H.R. 2581 passed the House on June 13, by a vote of 238-184.