Congressman Tim Ryan Introduces Amendment to the Budget Agreement to Continue Health Care Tax Credit Coverage for Delphi Retirees

Dec 11, 2013 Issues: Health Care

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced H.R. 2783 today as an amendment to the Budget agreement worked out by the House of Representatives and Senate, H.J.Res.59. This legislation provides Delphi retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program past the program’s December 31, 2013 termination date or leaving the program.

Current law—enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act—terminates the HCTC program at the end of this year. H.R. 2783 extends the HCTC program for currently-enrolled participants, so long as the participants are receiving PBGC pensions and there are no breaks in their coverage.

“I stand firm and committed to doing everything in my power to ensure that we do not leave behind these hardworking Americans, like the Delphi Retirees, who have had their pensions and healthcare significantly reduced through no fault of their own,” said Congressman Ryan. “Through this Budget agreement, Congress has the opportunity to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit program to ensure that those who had their earned heath benefits stripped from them continue to receive the affordable coverage they deserve.”

Current enrollees who are eligible for HCTC as a result of receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) would not be grandfathered into the program, nor would new enrollees be allowed after December 31, 2013.

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