Senate Finance Committee Chair Baucus Introduces New Version of Health Care Reform, The America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) today (November 19, 2009) introduced his latest health care reform proposal, the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 (S.1796), the text of which is available for review here. Chairman Baucus’ introduction of S. 1796 follows the November 7, 2009 passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the massive health care reform proposal sponsored by Representative John Dingell (D-MI) and supported by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR. 3962). Review highlights and get link to text of bill here!

Guaranteed Access to Health Insurance Act of 2009 (HR 4020) Would Help States Establish Risk Pools To Expand Coverage

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed forward with plans for House members to vote on the House Democratic Leadership’s proposed health care reform package, Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Tx), a physician, on November 4 introduced a much shorted health care reform proposal, the Guaranteed Access to Health Insurance Act of 2009 (HR 4020).

Get It From The Source: Read The Actual Health Care Reform Bill Proposed By The Senate Finance Committee

Americans finally have a chance to read the actual statutory language of the painfully negotiated package of proposed health care reforms that the Senate Finance Committee proposes for adoption. The Senate Finance Committee has posted the 1506 page long text of the proposed statutory language of its “America’s Healthy Future Act” on its website

Baucus’ America’s Health Future Act of 2009 Calls For Significant Tightening of Tax Exemption Rules

With Senate Finance Committee meetings to mark up Chairman Max Baucus’ health care reform proposal as outlined in his 220-page “Chairman’s Mark of America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009” (the “Baucus Proposal”) scheduled to begin tomorrow (September 22, 2009), tax-exempt health care and other non-profit organizations should evaluate carefully proposed amendments that would amend or repeal the rebuttable presumption rule applicable to non-profits when defending Internal Revenue Service challenges to compensation reasonability, to grant sweeping new audit and oversight powers to the Internal Revenue Service, to tighten substantially tax-exemption requirements for charitable hospitals, and other amendments impacting their tax-exempt status or related obligations in addition to the widely-discussed proposal to create “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) .