H.R. 3162, The Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007
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H.R. 3162 would amend titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the children's health insurance program, to improve beneficiary protections under the Medicare, Medicaid, and the CHIP program.
Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 - Amends title XXI (State Children's Health Insurance) (SCHIP) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to revise requirements for: (1) SCHIP allotments; (2) enrollment and retention of eligible children; (3) child-centered coverage; (4) optional coverage of older children, legal immigrants, and certain pregnant women; (5) program access (including creation of a Children's Access, Payment, and Equality Commission); and (6) quality and program integrity.
Amends SSA title XVIII (Medicare) with respect to: (1) specified benefits; (2) financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries; (3) prescription drugs, formularies, and compendia; and (3) measures, including demonstration projects, for reducing health disparities.
Revises requirements for: (1) physicians' service payments; and (2) Medicare Advantage (MA), including payments, beneficiary protections, quality measures, and extension of certain authorities.
Renames the Medicare Advantage program the Medicare Part C program.
Revises provisions relating to Medicare part A (Hospital Insurance), including inpatient hospital payment updates and long-term care hospitals.
Revises specified payment and coverage requirements relating to Medicare part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) and extends certain Medicare rural access protections.
Revises requirements for the end stage renal disease (ESRD) program, including kidney disease patient education services.
Prescribes hospital requirements to limit one of the exceptions to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals.
Revises certain requirements relating to both Medicare parts A and B, particularly concerning home health services.
Amends SSA title XIX (Medicaid) with respect to certain coverages, including family planning services, and payments.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration project for employer buy-in under which up to 10 States may provide, under their SCHIP plans, for child health assistance in relation to family coverage for children who would be targeted low-income children but for coverage as beneficiaries under a group health plan as the children of participants by virtue of a qualifying employer's contribution.
Provides funding for diabetes grants.
Revises certain requirements with respect to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC).
Directs the Secretary to establish within the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research and a Coordinating Council for Health Services Research.
Establishes in the Treasury the Health Care Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase the rate of excise taxes on tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes.
Exempts from the excise tax on fuels certain liquid fuels used in connection with emergency medical services transportation.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 8/1/2007: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means. H. Rept. 110-284, Part I.
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