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.