Sen. Coons introduces bill to allow health care coverage to church employees

By Carl Kanefsky 1:44pm, June 17, 2013
Senator Chris Coons wants to protect clergy and church employees from losing access to health care.

Along with Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, Coons introduced legislation allowing employees to receive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The bill closes a loophole created by church-run plans not being deemed "qualified health plans."

The Affordable Care Act requires health plans offering coverage through an exchange to be open to the general public, but federal law prohibits church health plans from offering benefits to anyone other than clergy and lay employees.

The Church Health Plan Act would allow church health plans that meet the requirements of a “qualified health plan” to be deemed equivalent.

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