The Bill “MORE Health Education Act” Has Been Passed

Bill Passed: To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for Federal Exchange outreach and educational activities.

This bill passed the House on May 16, 2019. It was first sponsored by (D) Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester from DE.

Summary: Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower Health Education Act of 2019 or the MORE Health Education Act This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct outreach and educational activities regarding federally-facilitated exchanges (i.e., health insurance exchanges that are established and operated within states by HHS). The activities must inform potential enrollees of the availability of coverage and related financial assistance under the exchanges and must be provided in culturally and linguistically appropriate formats.

This bill mainly concerns itself with these subjects; Health, Government information and archives, Health information and medical records, Health care costs and insurance and Health care coverage and access.

This bill has 1st amendments

  • An amendment numbered 27 printed in House Report 116-61 to ensure that state healthcare Exchanges outreach activities are also targeted towards veteran populations.
  • An amendment numbered 26 printed in House Report 116-61 to ensure rural areas are included in navigator outreach.
  • An amendment numbered 24 printed in House Report 116-61 to add areas with high concentrations of unemployment to the list where such outreach and educational activities shall be provided.
  • An amendment numbered 23 printed in House Report 116-61 to add a new subsection (b): Promote Transparency and Accountability in the Administration’s Expenditures of Exchange User Fees, which requires HHS to submit an annual report to Congress that includes a detailed breakdown of the Department’s spending on outreach and enrollment, navigators, maintenance of, and operation of the call centers.
  • An amendment numbered 22 printed in House Report 116-61 to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to set annual enrollment targets for the Exchanges for the plan year 2020 and each subsequent plan year.
  • An amendment numbered 21 printed in House Report 116-61 to include findings that the final rule on short-term, limited duration insurance weakens protections for the millions of Americans living with preexisting health conditions, including children with complex medical needs and disabilities and their families.
  • An amendment numbered 20 printed in House Report 116-61 to require Navigators to assist vulnerable populations including individuals with limited English proficiency and chronic illnesses.
  • An amendment numbered 19 printed in House Report 166-61 to clarify the ability of Navigators to provide referrals to community-based organizations that address social needs related to health outcomes.
  • An amendment numbered 18 printed in House Report 116-61 to add that the Secretary shall implement outreach and educational activities in areas with high health disparities.
  • An amendment numbered 17 printed in House Report 116-61 to add a duty requiring navigators to provide information in plain language regarding essential health benefits and consumer protections under the mental health and substance use disorder benefits parity law.
  • An amendment numbered 16 printed in House Report 116-61 to require a GAO report to determine whether the Department of Health and Human Services has taken appropriate steps to ensure that routine maintenance to the website is minimally disruptive to consumers.
  • An amendment numbered 15 printed in House Report 116-61 to ask the GAO to conduct a cost benefit analysis of the establishment of State-administered health insurance plans for states that may want to offer a public option in their health insurance exchanges; the report would be due to Congress no later than one year after enactment.
  • An amendment numbered 14 printed in House Report 116-61 to establish the deadline by which States may apply for federal assistance to establish state-based marketplaces by one year to December 31, 2023; extending the date by which the State Exchanges must be self-sustaining by one year to January 1, 2025.
  • An amendment numbered 13 printed in House Report 116-61 to require Navigators to receive training on how to assist consumers with Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.
  • An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 116-61 to require HHS to submit to Congress a report on the extent to which increases in the prices of commonly prescribed drugs have caused individuals with health insurance to forego needed treatment.
  • An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 116-61 to require GAO to study the effect of the administration’s cuts to ACA outreach and the Navigator Program on health insurance enrollment and the cost of coverage.
  • An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 116-61 to require the HHS Secretary to issue biweekly public reports during the annual open enrollment period on the performance of the federal exchange and the Small Business Health Options Program exchange. Each report will include a summary of information on the open enrollment season including the number of website visits, accounts created, calls to the call center, number of people who enroll in a plan and what enrollment path they took, e.g., website, broker, or call center.
  • An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 116-61 to provide pharmacy school outreach by directing the Labor HHS and Education Secretaries to do outreach to institutions of higher education as it relates to the use and availability of generic drugs.
  • An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 116-61 to amend the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) navigator program to authorize $25,000,000 out of amounts collected by user fees for State-Based Exchanges. The amendment ensures that no state shall receive a grant that is less than $1,000,000.
  • An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 116-61 to state the sense of Congress that the Secretary of HHS should not take any action to prohibit or restrict “silver loading”.

Bill Cosponsors

  • (D) Rep. Kathy Castor from FL
  • (D) Rep. Lucy McBath from GA
  • (D) Rep. Dan Kildee from MI
  • (D) Rep. Peter Welch from VT
  • (D) Rep. Jan Schakowsky from IL
  • (D) Rep. Ben Ray Luján from NM
  • (D) Rep. Bobby L. Rush from IL
  • (D) Rep. Anna G. Eshoo from CA
  • (D) Rep. Frank Pallone from NJ
  • (D) Rep. Doris Matsui from CA
  • (D) Rep. Jefferson Van Drew from NJ
  • (D) Rep. Yvette D. Clarke from NY
  • (D) Rep. Betty McCollum from MN
  • (D) Rep. Terri Sewell from AL
  • (D) Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. from NJ
  • (D) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from FL
  • (D) Rep. Kurt Schrader from OR
  • (D) Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell from FL
  • (D) Rep. Gilbert Cisneros from CA
  • (D) Rep. Albio Sires from NJ
  • (D) Rep. Chrissy Houlahan from PA
  • (D) Rep. Debbie Dingell from MI
  • (D) Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon from PA
  • (D) Rep. Gwen Moore from WI
  • (D) Rep. Ro Khanna from CA

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