To provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes. Read More


This bill was introduced on Sep 21, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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To provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Empowering Patients First Act''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Repeal of PPACA and health care-related HCERA provisions. TITLE I--TAX INCENTIVES FOR MAINTAINING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE

Sec. 101. Refundable tax credit for health insurance costs of low- income individuals. Sec. 102. Advance payment of credit as premium payment for qualified health insurance. Sec. 103. Election of tax credit instead of alternative government or group plan benefits. Sec. 104. Deduction for qualified health insurance costs of individuals. Sec. 105. Limitation on abortion funding. Sec. 106. No government discrimination against certain health care entities. Sec. 107. Equal employer contribution rule to promote choice. Sec. 108. Limitations on State restrictions on employer auto- enrollment. Sec. 109. Credit for small employers adopting auto-enrollment and defined contribution options. Sec. 110. HSA modifications and clarifications. TITLE II--HEALTH INSURANCE POOLING MECHANISMS FOR INDIVIDUALS

Subtitle A--Safety Net for Individuals With Pre-Existing Conditions

Sec. 201. Requiring operation of high-risk pool or other mechanism as condition for availability of tax credit. Subtitle B--Federal Block Grants for State Insurance Expenditures

Sec. 211. Federal block grants for State insurance expenditures. Subtitle C--Health Care Access and Availability

Sec. 221. Expansion of access...

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H.R. 2999 Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act H.R. 3001 Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act