Congress gets back to work today, and the major item on the agenda in the House is H.R. 3350, the “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” sponsored by House Committee on Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan). The bill attempts to solve the problem caused by the non-renewal of existing health insurance policies in the individual market because they don’t meet the requirements of essential coverage required by Obamacare.
The bill would allow any policy in effect as of January 1st, 2013 to be issued again in 2014, and be considered a grandfathered plan, thereby meeting the requirements of the individual mandate.
Among the bill’s cosponsors is Georgia’s 12th District Congressman John Barrow, who said:
When folks were first introduced to the Affordable Care Act, they were promised that they could keep their current plan if they liked it. As it turns out, that’s not the case today. I voted against this bill because of the enormous burden it placed on individuals, and at the very least, we should be doing all we can to ensure that promise is kept. This bill is the most responsible, bipartisan approach to removing the insurance burdens many will face in 2014, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues to move it forward.
The bill has 88 additional co-sponsors, including Georgia Reps. Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Tom Price. The House is expected to vote on the bill Thursday.