The Week in Review- March 20
This Week Revisited – On the Floor
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, by a vote of 236-175 (See Roll Call #186). This legislation amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to allow small businesses to join together in association health plans across state lines through bona fide trade associations to become larger purchasers of health insurance.
On Wednesday, the House also passed H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, by a vote of 416-7. (See Roll Call #184). This legislation levels the playing field for all health care industry participants and applies uniform federal antitrust laws to the potential sale of health insurance across state lines.
Next week, the House will consider S.J. Res. 34, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commision relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The House will also consider H.R. 1430, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).