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2013 House Bill 4111: Fund state role in federal "Obamacare partnership exchange"
  1. Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on January 29, 2013, As introduced, the bill would provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. This bill originally containeed no appropriations, was amended as described below.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on January 29, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on February 27, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on February 27, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that contains actual appropriations. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 27, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on February 27, 2013, to require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to "work to ensure that the privacy of individual citizens is protected in all aspects of the partnership exchange." Note: Since a federal version of this entity will be performing its actual insurance subsidy eligibility determinations and administration, a state department will have little more than an advisory role on these matters. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 27, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on February 27, 2013, to require that the "navigators" authorized by the federal health care law to advise subsidy applicants and recipients about its extremely detailed regulations must undergo criminal and regulatory background screening. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 27, 2013.
  2. Passed 78 to 31 in the House on February 28, 2013, to appropriate $30.5 million in federal grant money to set up a consumer assistance call center related to insurance subsidies provided by the federal health care law. The actual subsidy administration and eligibility determinations will be performed by a federal entity styled under the law as an "exchange" (in 2012 the legislature declined to create a state-run version of this entity). The money will also be used for state Medicaid system software upgrades required in part because of this law.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 5, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate on March 5, 2013.

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