HB-5277, As Passed House, April 21, 2004                                    












                              SUBSTITUTE FOR                                    


                           HOUSE BILL NO. 5277                                  

                       (As amended April 21, 2004)                              









                                                                                 A bill to amend 1980 PA 350, entitled                                             


    "The nonprofit health care corporation reform act,"                         


    (MCL 550.1101 to 550.1704) by adding section 409a.                          


                THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:                      


1       Sec. 409a.  (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law,                 


2   a health care corporation may refuse to offer or provide a health           


3   care benefit on [             ] ethical, moral, or religious                


4   grounds as reflected in its articles of incorporation or bylaws             


5   or an adopted mission statement.                                            


6       (2) A health care corporation shall not refuse to offer or                  


7   provide a health care benefit under subsection (1) if the benefit           


8   is specifically covered under the certificate.                              


9       (3) A health care corporation's refusal to offer or provide a               


10  health care benefit under subsection (1) shall not be a basis for           


11  1 or more of the following:                                                 



1       (a) Civil, criminal, or administrative liability.                           


2       (b) Eligibility discrimination against the health care                      


3   corporation in providing a certificate unless offering or                   


4   providing the health care benefit is expressly required.