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106th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                S. 2975

   To limit the administrative expenses and profits of managed care 
       entities to not more than 15 percent of premium revenues.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             July 27, 2000

Mrs. Feinstein introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 
                  referred to the Committee on Finance

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                                 A BILL


 
   To limit the administrative expenses and profits of managed care 
       entities to not more than 15 percent of premium revenues.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Managed Care Integrity Act of 
2000''.

SEC. 2. LIMITATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES AND PROFITS OF MANAGED 
              CARE ENTITIES.

    (a) Application To Managed Care Entities.--
            (1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
        law, each health benefits plan offered by a managed care entity 
        shall ensure that, with respect to a contract year, the 
        actuarial value of the aggregate benefits provided under the 
        plan during such year to enrollees is not less than 85 percent 
        of the aggregate amount of payments received from, or on behalf 
        of, such enrollees for such year.
            (2) Waiver of requirements.--
                    (A) In general.--The Secretary of Health and Human 
                Services may waive the requirement of paragraph (1) for 
                a 12-month period with respect to a waive the 
                requirement of paragraph (1) for a 12-month period with 
                respect to a managed care entity if the Secretary 
                determines, based on the recommendations of the agency 
                responsible for licensing such entity (or the health 
                care plans of such entity) in a State, that--
                            (i) the solvency of the entity is in 
                        jeopardy; or
                            (ii) compliance with the requirement would 
                        cause the entity to fail to meet the solvency 
                        requirements required for licensure in the 
                        State.
                    (B) Renewals.--The Secretary of Health and Human 
                Services may renew a waiver under subparagraph (A), 
                except that the no waiver may granted for a period in 
                excess of 24 months in any 36-month period.
            (3) Administrative costs.--
                    (A) Limitation.--For purposes of this subsection, 
                the costs associated with the management and operation 
                of a managed care plan (including the costs of 
                compensation and personnel fringe benefits, interest 
                expenses, costs of occupancy of a facility, and 
                marketing costs) shall not be included in determining 
                the actuarial value of the aggregate benefits provided 
                under the plan.
                    (B) Regulations.--The Secretary of Health and Human 
                Services shall promulgate regulations to define ``costs 
                associated with the management and operation of a 
                manages care plan'' for purposes of subparagraph (A).
            (4) Definition.--For purposes of this subsection, the term 
        ``managed care entity'' shall include--
                    (A) managed care entities providing health care 
                coverage for individuals under a group health plan or 
                individual health insurance coverage;
                    (B) medicaid managed care organizations as defined 
                in section 1903(m)(1)(A);
                    (C) managed care entities that provide health care 
                coverage for individuals under the Federal Employees 
                Health Benefits Program under chapter 89 of title 5, 
                United States Code; and
                    (D) managed care entities that provide health care 
                coverage for members of the armed forces and their 
                families under chapter 55 of title 10, United States 
                Code.
            (5) Effective date.--Paragraph (1) shall apply to contract 
        years beginning on or after January 1, 2001.
            (6) Enforcement.--The Secretary of Health and Human 
        Services shall develop formal investigation and compliance 
        procedures with respect to complaints received by the Secretary 
        concerning the failure of a health benefits plan to comply with 
        the provisions of this subsection. Under such procedures--
                    (A) the Secretary shall provide the plan with the 
                reasonable opportunity to develop and implement a 
                corrective action plan to correct the deficiencies that 
                were the basis of the complaint received by the 
                Secretary; and
                    (B) the Secretary shall provide the plan with 
                reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing 
                (including the right to appeal an initial decision) 
                prior to applying the sanctions described in subsection 
                (c).
    (b) Medicare+Choice Organizations.--
            (1) In general.--Section 1852 of the Social Security Act 
        (42 U.S.C. 1395w-25) is amended by adding at the end the 
        following new subsection:
    ``(l) Requirement Relating to the Provision of Benefits.--
            ``(1) In general.--Each Medicare+Choice plan offered by a 
        Medicare+Choice organization shall ensure that, with respect to 
        a contract year, the actuarial value of the aggregate benefits 
        provided under the plan during such year to Medicare+Choice 
        eligible individuals enrolled in the plan is not less than 85 
        percent of the aggregate amount of payments received from, or 
        on behalf of, such individuals for such year.
            ``(2) Waiver of requirement.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary may waive the 
                requirement under paragraph (1) for a 12-month period 
                with respect to a Medicare+Choice plan offered by 
a Medicare+Choice organization, if the Secretary determines, based, 
except for an organization with a waiver under section 1855(a)(2), on 
the recommendations of the agency responsible for licensing such plan 
in a State, that--
                            ``(i) the solvency of the Medicare+Choice 
                        organization is in jeopardy; or
                            ``(ii) compliance with the requirement 
                        would cause the Medicare+Choice organization to 
                        fail to meet the solvency requirements required 
                        for licensure in the State or under this part.
                    ``(B) Renewals.--The Secretary may renew a waiver 
                under subparagraph (A), except that no waiver may be 
                granted for a period in excess of 24 months in any 36-
                month period.
            ``(3) Administrative costs.--
                    ``(A) Limitation.--For purposes of this subsection, 
                the costs associated with the management and operation 
                of a Medicare+Choice plan (including the costs of 
                compensation and personnel fringe benefits, interest 
                expenses, costs of occupancy of a facility, and 
                marketing costs) shall not be included in determining 
                the actuarial value of the aggregate benefits provided 
                under the plan.
                    ``(B) Regulations.--The Secretary of Health and 
                Human Services shall promulgate regulations to define 
                `costs associated with the management and operation of 
                a manages care plan' for purposes of subparagraph (A).
            ``(4) Enforcement.--The Secretary of Health and Human 
        Services may terminate a contract with a Medicare+Choice 
        organization under section 1857 in accordance with formal 
        investigation and compliance procedures established by the 
        Secretary under which--
                    ``(A) the Secretary provides the organization with 
                the reasonable opportunity to develop and implement a 
                corrective action plan to correct the deficiencies that 
                were the basis of the Secretary's determination under 
                this paragraph; and
                    ``(B) the Secretary provides the organization with 
                reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing 
                (including the right to appeal an initial decision) 
                before terminating the contract.''.
            (2) Effective date.--The amendment made by paragraph (1) 
        shall apply to contract years beginning on or after January 1, 
        2001.
    (c) Sanctions.--
            (1) In general.--If the Secretary of Health and Human 
        Services determines that a health benefits plan or a 
        Medicare+Choice organization fails substantially to comply with 
        the provision of this Act or section 1852(l) of the Social 
        Security Act the Secretary may provide, in addition to any 
        other remedies authorized by law, for any of the remedies 
        described in paragraph (2).
            (2) Remedies.--The remedies described in this paragraph 
        are--
                    (A) civil money penalties of not more than $25,000 
                for each determination under paragraph (1) or, with 
                respect to such a determination involving 
                misrepresentation or falsifying information, of not 
                more than $100,000 for each such determination; and
                    (B) with respect to Medicare+Choice organizations--
                            (i) suspension of enrollment of individuals 
                        under part C of title XVIII of the Social 
                        Security Act after the date the Secretary 
                        notifies the organization of a determination 
                        under paragraph (1) and until the Secretary is 
                        satisfied that the basis for such determination 
                        has been corrected and is not likely to recur; 
                        or
                            (ii) suspension of payment to the 
                        organization under such part for individuals 
                        enrolled after the date the Secretary notifies 
                        the organization of a determination under 
                        paragraph (1) and until the Secretary is 
                        satisfied that the basis for such determination 
                        has been corrected and is not likely to recur.
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