HEALTH CARE RELATED LEGISLATION

TENNESSEE HEALTH CARE FREEDOM ACT

ALERT #1

*SB 0079 by *Beavers. (HB 0115 by *Weaver, Campbell.) Insurance, Health, Accident - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act." - Amends TCA Title 56.

Fiscal Summary Not Available

Bill Summary This bill declares it to be the public policy of Tennessee that:

(1) Every person within the state is free to choose or to decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty; and
(2) Every person within the state has the right to purchase health insurance or to refuse to purchase health insurance.

This bill prohibits the state government from interfering with a citizen's right to purchase health insurance or with a citizen's right to refuse to purchase health insurance. This bill declares any law passed in violation of the policy expressed in this bill to be void ab initio. This bill prohibits any public official, employee, or agent of this state or any of its political subdivisions from acting to impose any penalty in Tennessee that violates the public policy set forth in this bill.

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0079

Actions taken/bill history:
P2C, ref. to S. C,L&A Comm. 02/07/2011 Intro., P1C. 01/15/2011 Filed for intro. 01/14/2011 Actions Taken on HB0115 Action Date Assigned to s/c General Sub of Commerce 02/08/2011 P2C, ref. to Commerce Committee 02/07/2011 Intro., P1C. 01/15/2011 Filed for intro. 01/14/2011


HEALTH CARE STATE COMPACT--TENNESSEE

ALERT #1--This compact originated via Tea Party Patriots and was carried to Senator Mae Beavers for consideration.
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*SB 0326 by *Beavers, Tracy. (HB 0369 by *White, Shipley, Casada, Carr, Williams K, Evans.) Health Care - As introduced, enacts the Health Care Compact. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

Fiscal Summary Not Available

Bill Summary This bill enacts the Health Care Compact which:
(1) Specifies that each member state of the compact would have the authority to enact state laws that supersede any and all federal laws regarding health care within its state;
(2) Specifies that each member state would have the right to mandatory federal funds to support the exercise of member state authority under this compact and that this funding would not be conditional on any action, regulation, policy, law, or rule of any kind of the member state. According to an appendix of the Compact, in 2010, such federal funding in Tennessee was $16.389 billion; and
(3) Creates the interstate advisory health care commission, described below.

Under this bill, the interstate advisory health care commission would consist of members appointed by each member state through a process to be determined by the laws of each member state. No state may appoint more than two members to the commission, and at any time a member state may withdraw its members from the commission.

The commission may not act unless a majority of the members are present, and no action would be binding on the commission unless approved by a majority of the total number of members. The commission will meet at least once a year.

The commission may study the issues of health care regulation of particular concern to the member states, such as the elimination of interstate barriers to the provision of health care. After consideration, the commission may make nonbinding recommendations to the member states.

Additionally, the commission would collect information and data to assist the member states in their regulation of health care, including assessing the performance of various state health care programs and compiling information on the cost of health care. The commission would make this information and data available to the legislatures of the member states.

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0326

Actions taken/bill history:
SB0326 Action Date P2C, ref. to S. Govt. Ops. Comm. 02/09/2011 Intro., P1C. 02/07/2011 Filed for intro. 02/03/2011 Actions Taken on HB0369 Action Date Intro., P1C. 02/09/2011 Filed for intro. 02/07/2011