42 U.S. Code § 18003 - Immediate information that allows consumers to identify affordable coverage options
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(a) Internet portal to affordable coverage options
(1) Immediate establishment
Not later than July 1, 2010, the Secretary, in consultation with the States, shall establish a mechanism, including an Internet website, through which a resident of, or small business in, any State may identify affordable health insurance coverage options in that State.
(2) Connecting to affordable coverage
An Internet website established under paragraph (1) shall, to the extent practicable, provide ways for residents of, and small businesses in, any State to receive information on at least the following coverage options:
(A) Health insurance coverage offered by health insurance issuers, other than coverage that provides reimbursement only for the treatment or mitigation of—
(D) A State health benefits high risk pool, to the extent that such high risk pool is offered in such State; and
(E) Coverage under a high risk pool under section 18001 of this title.
(F) Coverage within the small group market for small businesses and their employees, including reinsurance for early retirees under section 18002 of this title, tax credits available under section 45R of title 26 (as added by section 1421), and other information specifically for small businesses regarding affordable health care options.
(b) Enhancing comparative purchasing options
(1) In general
Not later than 60 days after March 23, 2010, the Secretary shall develop a standardized format to be used for the presentation of information relating to the coverage options described in subsection (a)(2). Such format shall, at a minimum, require the inclusion of information on the percentage of total premium revenue expended on nonclinical costs (as reported under section 300gg–18 (a) of this title), eligibility, availability, premium rates, and cost sharing with respect to such coverage options and be consistent with the standards adopted for the uniform explanation of coverage as provided for in section 300gg–15 of this title.
Source(Pub. L. 111–148, title I, § 1103, title X, § 10102(b),Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 146, 892.)
References in Text
The Social Security Act, referred to in subsec. (a)(2)(B), (C), is act Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, 49 Stat. 620. Titles XIX and XXI of the Act are classified generally to subchapters XIX (§ 1396 et seq.) and XXI (§ 1397aa et seq.), respectively, of chapter 7 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section 1305 of this title and Tables.
2010—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 111–148, § 10102(b)(1), which directed insertion of “, or small business in,” after “residents of any”, was executed by making the insertion after “resident of” to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 111–148, § 10102(b)(2), added par. (2) and struck out former par. (2). Prior to amendment, text read as follows:
“An Internet website established under paragraph (1) shall, to the extent practicable, provide ways for residents of any State to receive information on at least the following coverage options:
“(A) Health insurance coverage offered by health insurance issuers, other than coverage that provides reimbursement only for the treatment or mitigation of—
“(i) a single disease or condition; or
“(ii) an unreasonably limited set of diseases or conditions (as determined by the Secretary);
“(B) Medicaid coverage under title XIX of the Social Security Act.
“(C) Coverage under title XXI of the Social Security Act.
“(D) A State health benefits high risk pool, to the extent that such high risk pool is offered in such State; and
“(E) Coverage under a high risk pool under section 18001 of this title.”
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