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Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Health)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend laws relating to private health insurance, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Increasing maximum excess levels                                                   3

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                           3

Schedule 2—Age-based discounts for hospital cover                                        5

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                          5

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                           5

Part 2—Consequential amendments                                                                       6

Age Discrimination Act 2004                                                                                     6

Schedule 3—Private Health Insurance Ombudsman’s powers                  7

Ombudsman Act 1976                                                                                                  7

Schedule 4—Transitional provisions relating to the treatment of certain health insurance policies        13

Schedule 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                              19

Part 1—Benefits for travel and accommodation                                            19

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                         19

Part 2—Information requirements                                                                         21

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                         21

Part 3—Benefit requirements according to class of hospital                   24

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                         24

Part 4—Closed and terminated products                                                           27

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                         27

 

 



A Bill for an Act to amend laws relating to private health insurance, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Act 2018 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedules 1 and 2

1 April 2019.

1 April 2019

3.  Schedule 3

1 July 2018.

1 July 2018

4.  Schedule 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

5.  Schedule 5, Parts 1 and 2

1 April 2019.

1 April 2019

6.  Schedule 5, Part 3

1 January 2019.

1 January 2019

7.  Schedule 5, Part 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.