"(6) FEHBP PLANS NOT REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE- Nothing in this section shall require that a carrier offering coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program under chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, also offer a multi-State qualified health plan under this section. (12345)
"(h) Advisory Board- The Director shall establish an advisory board to provide recommendations on the activities described in this section. A significant percentage of the members of such board shall be comprised of enrollees in a multi-State qualified health plan, or representatives of such enrollees. (12346)
"(i) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated, such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.". (12347)
(r) Section 1341 of this Act is amended-- (12348)
(1) in the section heading, by striking "and small group markets" and inserting "market"; (12349)
(2) in subsection (b)(2)(B), by striking "paragraph (1)(A)" and inserting "paragraph (1)(B)"; and (12350)
(3) in subsection (c)(1)(A), by striking "and small group markets" and inserting "market". (12351)
(a) Section 36B(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1401(a) of this Act, is amended by striking "is in excess of" and inserting "equals or exceeds". (12353)
(b) Section 36B(c)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1401(a) of this Act, is amended by inserting "equals or" before "exceeds". (12354)
(c) Section 36B(c)(2)(C)(iv) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1401(a) of this Act, is amended by striking "subsection (b)(3)(A)(ii)" and inserting "subsection (b)(3)(A)(iii)". (12355)
(d) Section 1401(d) of this Act is amended by adding at the end the following: (12356)
"(3) Section 6211(b)(4)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting "36B," after "36A,".". (12357)
(e)(1) Subparagraph (B) of section 45R(d)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1421(a) of this Act, is amended to read as follows: (12358)
"(B) DOLLAR AMOUNT- For purposes of paragraph (1)(B) and subsection (c)(2)-- (12359)
"(i) 2010, 2011, 2012, AND 2013- The dollar amount in effect under this paragraph for taxable years beginning in 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013 is $25,000. (12360)
"(ii) SUBSEQUENT YEARS- In the case of a taxable year beginning in a calendar year after 2013, the dollar amount in effect under this paragraph shall be equal to $25,000, multiplied by the cost-of-living adjustment under section 1(f)(3) for the calendar year, determined by substituting "calendar year 2012" for "calendar year 1992" in subparagraph (B) thereof.". (12361)
(2) Subsection (g) of section 45R of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1421(a) of this Act, is amended by striking "2011" both places it appears and inserting "2010, 2011". (12362)
(3) Section 280C(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 1421(d)(1) of this Act, is amended by striking "2011" and inserting "2010, 2011". (12363)
(4) Section 1421(f) of this Act is amended by striking "2010" both places it appears and inserting "2009". (12364)
(5) The amendments made by this subsection shall take effect as if included in the enactment of section 1421 of this Act. (12365)
(f) Part I of subtitle E of title I of this Act is amended by adding at the end of subpart B, the following: (12366)
SEC. 1416. STUDY OF GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION IN APPLICATION OF FPL. (12367)
"(a) In General- The Secretary shall conduct a study to examine the feasibility and implication of adjusting the application of the Federal poverty level under this subtitle (and the amendments made by this subtitle) for different geographic areas so as to reflect the variations in cost-of-living among different areas within the United States. If the Secretary determines that an adjustment is feasible, the study should include a methodology to make such an adjustment. Not later than January 1, 2013, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on such study and shall include such recommendations as the Secretary determines appropriate. (12368)
"(b) Inclusion of Territories- (12369)
"(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall ensure that the study under subsection (a) covers the territories of the United States and that special attention is paid to the disparity that exists among poverty levels and the cost of living in such territories and to the impact of such disparity on efforts to expand health coverage and ensure health care. (12370)
"(2) TERRITORIES DEFINED- In this subsection, the term "territories of the United States" includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.". (12371)
(a) Section 1501(a)(2) of this Act is amended to read as follows: (12373)
"(2) EFFECTS ON THE NATIONAL ECONOMY AND INTERSTATE COMMERCE- The effects described in this paragraph are the following: (12374)
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