Oct. 14, 1999
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.
NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes cooperative partnerships between employers and insurers, creates medical savings accounts, and expands the size of health insurance pools in order to provide alternative means of giving healthcare coverage to uninsured employees.
Allows small businesses to subscribe to health insurance pools formed by national trade organizations as an alternative to supplying their own insurance plans.
Creates "HealthMarts," regional non-profit health insurance cooperatives made up of insurers, health care providers, and employers who offer expanded coverage options to employees.
Expands the number of services that community health center networks may offer.
Allows self-employed individuals to fully deduct health insurance costs from their gross incomes.
Authorizes the creation of tax-free medical savings accounts into which customers may invest money and make withdrawals to pay for medical treatment as needed.