Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act

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The Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act (S. 1171 and H.R. 2088) is a bill in the 112th Congress that would equalize tax treatment for employer-provided health coverage for domestic partners and other non-spouse, non-dependent beneficiaries."[1]

Previous versions of the bill[edit]

Previous versions of the bill were introduced in the 108th, 109th, 110th, and 111th Congresses. In each case, the bill never made it out of committee.

The 110th Congress version was introduced as S. 1556 and H.R. 1820 on June 6, 2007. The Senate sponsor was Gordon Smith (R-OR), with 10 cosponsors; in the House, the sponsor was Jim McDermott (D-WA).

The 111th Congress version, the Tax Equity for Domestic Partner and Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, was supported by over 75 major U.S. employers that had joined the Business Coalition for Benefits Tax Equity.[2] The bill was incorporated into the Affordable Health Care for America Act.[3] However, it was removed from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, the health care reform acts that were passed by the House and Senate then signed into law by President Obama.

Legislative history[edit]

Congress Short title Bill number(s) Date introduced Sponsor(s) # of cosponsors Latest status
112th Congress Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act of 2011 S. 1171 June 9, 2011 Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) 19 Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance
H.R. 2088 June 2, 2011 Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) 74 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
111th Congress Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act of 2009 S. 1153 May 21, 2009 Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) 23 Died in the Senate Committee on Finance
H.R. 2625 June 2, 2009 Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) 133 Died in the House Committee on Ways and Means
110th Congress Tax Equity for Domestic Partner and Health Plan Beneficiaries Act S. 1556 June 6, 2007 Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) 25 Died in the Senate Committee on Finance
H.R. 1820 March 29, 2007 Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) 119 Died in the House Committee on Ways and Means
109th Congress Domestic Partner Health Benefits Equity Act S. 1360 June 30, 2005 Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) 12 Died in the Senate Committee on Finance
108th Congress Domestic Partner Health Benefits Equity Act S. 1702 October 2, 2003 Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) 9 Died in the Senate Committee on Finance

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