H. Res. 591: H.R. 5 - Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 7-4 on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 233-182, 1 Present AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 231-179, 1 Present on March 21, 2012.

MANAGERS: Hastings/Nugent

112th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES 591

[Report No. 112-416]

 

H.R. 5 - Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides six hours of general debate equally divided among and controlled by the respective chairs and ranking minority members of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, and Ways and Means.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-18 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as original text for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.

6. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7. Waives all points of order against amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5) to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and amendments specified in this resolution and shall not exceed six hours equally divided among and controlled by the respective chairs and ranking minority members of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, and Ways and Means. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. In lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-18 shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. No further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such further amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the House with such further amendments as may have been adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information  provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

# Description

Debate Time

1.) Woodall (GA)

#22 (LATE) Would strike the findings in Title I.

(10 Minutes)

2.) Bonamici (OR)

#21 (LATE) Would delay the date of enactment until the Secretary of Health and Human Services submits to Congress a report on the potential effect of this title on health care premiums.

(10 Minutes)

3.) Hastings, Alcee (FL)

#1 Would strike Title II (Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board).

(10 Minutes)

4.) Dent (PA), Sessions (TX)

#5 Would address the crisis in access to emergency care by extending liability coverage to on-call and emergency room 'physicians under the Public Health Service Act.

(10 Minutes)

5.) Gosar (AZ)

#4 (REVISED) Would restore the application of antitrust laws to the business of health insurance by amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

(10 Minutes)

6.) Stearns (FL), Matheson (UT)

#8 Would grant limited civil liability protection to health professionals that volunteer at federally declared disaster sites.

(10 Minutes)