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U.S. Senate

HR3590
PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Coburn Amendment

Filed 7 December, 2009

Introduction
This amendment was introduced by Senator Tom Coburn to the original text of the protection of conscience provisions of HR3590.  However, parliamentary procedures were used to keep this and other amendments from coming to a vote. [Administrator]
SEC. 1304. NONDISCRIMINATION ON ABORTION AND RESPECT FOR RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE.

(a) NONDISCRIMINATION. A Federal agency or program, and any State or local government, or institutional health care entity that receives Federal financial assistance under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act), shall not -

(1) subject any individual or institutional health care entity to discrimination; or

(2) require any health care entity that is established or regulated under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) to subject any individual or institutional health care entity to discrimination,

on the basis that such health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

(b) DEFINITION. In this section, the term "health care entity" includes an individual physician or other health care professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance plan, a plan sponsor, a health insurance issuer, a qualified health plan or issuer offering such a plan, or any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan.

(c) ADMINISTRATION. The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services is designated to receive complaints of discrimination based on this section, and coordinate the investigation of such complaints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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