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 1
1 TITLE I—QUALITY, AFFORDABLE
 
2
 
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL 3
 
AMERICANS 4 Subtitle A—Effective Coverage for 
 
5 All Americans
 
6 [Note: Further revisions are needed to complete the
 
7
 
work of integrating provisions into the existing HIPAA 8
 
structure] 9
PART I—PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO THE
 
10 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP MARKETS
 11 SEC. 101. AMENDMENT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
12 ACT.
 
13 Part A of title XXVII of the Public Health Service
 
14 Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg et seq.) is amended— 
 
15 (1) by striking the part heading and inserting
 
16 the following:
 
17
"PART A—INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP MARKET
 
18 REFORMS";
 
19 (2) in section 2701 (42 U.S.C. 300gg)— 
 
20 (A) by striking the section heading and
 
21 subsections (a) and inserting the following:
 
 
 2
1
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
 
2 (a) S
HORT
T
ITLE
.—This Act may be cited as the
 
3 "American Health Choices Act".
 
4 (b) T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
.—The table of contents of 
 
5
 
this Act is as follows: [to be supplied]
6
 
SEC. 2. DECLARATION OF RIGHTS.
7 (a)
IGHTS OF
P
ATIENTS TO
C
HOOSE
T
HEIR
D
OC
-
 
8
 
TOR.—It is the right of patients to select the doctor of 9
 
their choice. 10 (b) D
OCTOR 
-P
ATIENT
ELATIONSHIP
.—A strong
 
11
 
doctor-patient relationship is essential to the practice of 12
 
medicine, and patients have a right to an effective doctor- 13
 
 patient relationship. 14 (c) H
EALTH
P
ROFESSIONALS
S
HOULD
J
UDGE
W
HAT
 
15
 
Is B
EST FOR
T
HEIR
P
ATIENTS
.—Doctors, nurses, and 16
 
other health professionals have the right to judge what 17
 
is best for their patients. 18 (d) No I
 NTERFERENCE
W
ITH
T
HESE
IGHTS
.— 
 
19
 
 Nothing in the this Act or the amendments made by this 20
 
Act interferes with the rights described in this section.
 
 3 1
"SEC. 2705. PROHIBITION OF PREEXISTING CONDITION EX- 2
 
CLUSIONS OR OTHER DISCRIMINATION 3
 
BASED ON HEALTH STATUS.
4 "(a) I
 N
G
ENERAL
.—A group health plan and a health
 
5
 
insurance issuer offering group or individual health insur- 6
 
ance coverage may not impose any preexisting condition 7
 
exclusion with respect to such plan or coverage."; and 8 by transferring such section so as to
 
9
appe alter the section 2704 as added by para-
 
10
 
graph (3); 11
 
(3) by redesignating existing sections 2704 12 through 2707 as sections 2715 through 2718; and
 
13 (4) by amending the remainder of subpart 1 of 
 
14 such part to read as follows:
 
15
"Subpart 1—General Reform
 
16
"SEC. 2701. FAIR INSURANCE COVERAGE.
 
17 "(a) I
 N
G
ENERAL
.—With respect to the premium
 
18
 
rate charged by a health insurance issuer for health insur- 19
 
ance coverage offered in the individual or group market— 20 "(1) such rate shall vary only by— 
 
21
 
"(A) family structure; 22
 
"(B) community rating area; 23
 
"(C) the actuarial value of the benefit; 24
 
"
(D)
age, except, that such rate shall not 25 vary by more than [2 to 1]; and
 

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