November 6, 2003
Introduced by Reps. Hummel, Rivet, Plakas, O'Neil,
Gleason, Richardville, Robertson, Stahl, Bradstreet, Voorhees, Vander Veen,
Hoogendyk, Huizenga, Pappageorge, Mortimer, Newell, Ward, Casperson,
Milosch, Paletko, Kooiman, Farhat, Koetje, Stakoe, Hune, Moolenaar, Emmons,
Drolet, Palmer, Brown, Sheltrown, Spade, Pastor and Acciavatti
As Passed House, April 21, 2004 (As
amended April 21, 2004)
SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 5277
A bill to amend 1980 PA 350, entitled "The nonprofit health care
corporation reform act," (MCL 550.1101 to 550.1704) by adding section 409a.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 409a. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of
law, a health care corporation may refuse to offer or provide a health care
benefit on ethical, moral, or religious grounds as reflected in its articles
of incorporation or bylaws or an adopted mission statement.
(2) A health care corporation shall not refuse to offer or provide a
health care benefit under subsection (1) if the benefit is specifically
covered under the certificate.
(3) A health care corporation's refusal to offer or provide a health care
benefit under subsection (1) shall not be a basis for 1 or more of the
(a) Civil, criminal, or administrative liability.
(b) Eligibility discrimination against the health
care corporation in providing a certificate unless offering or providing the
health care benefit is expressly required.