H.R. 1549, Helping Sick Americans Now Act

Cost Estimate
April 19, 2013

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on April 17, 2013

H.R. 1549 would amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to transfer unobligated amounts from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) for fiscal years 2013 through 2016 to help carry out a program that provides temporary health insurance for qualified individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

Based on the historical spending patterns of both the PPHF and the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would result in a decrease in net direct spending of $840 million over the 2013-2023 period; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting H.R. 1549 would not affect revenues.

H.R. 1549 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.