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Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Reform) Bill 2003 [2004]

2002-2003

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Reform) Bill 2003

 

No.      , 2003

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to private health insurance, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

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

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

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Amendment of health insurance legislation                               4

Part 1—Amendments regulating obligations of registered organizations                4

National Health Act 1953                                                                                           4

Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1998                                                     27

Part 2—Amendments increasing powers of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman                 28

National Health Act 1953                                                                                         28

Part 3—Amendments relating to annual State of the Health Funds Report          39

National Health Act 1953                                                                                         39

Part 4—Amendments relating to lifetime health cover                               40

National Health Act 1953                                                                                         40

 



This bill originated in the Senate; and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.

                                          HARRY EVANS

                                      Clerk of the Senate

The Senate

10 September 2003

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to private health insurance, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance Reform) Act 2003 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, on the day or at the time specified in column 2 of the table.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

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

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

 

2.  Schedule 1, items 1 to 24

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

3.  Schedule 1, items 25 to 27

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (4)

 

4.  Schedule 1, items 28 to 40

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 2 of this table

 

5.  Schedule 1, Parts 2 and 3

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

 

6  Schedule 1, item 58

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

7.  Schedule 1, items 59 to 64

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

 

8.  Schedule 1, items 65 and 66

At the same time as the provision covered by item 6 of this table

 

9. Schedule 1, items 67 to 69

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

10.  Schedule 1, item 70

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

 

11.  Schedule 1, item 71

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 9 of this table

 

12.  Schedule 1, item 72

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

 

13.  Schedule 1, item 73

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 9 of this table

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table is for additional information that is not part of this Act. This information may be included in any published version of this Act.

             (3)  If a provision covered by item 2,6 or 9 of the table does not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, it commences on the first day after the end of that period.

             (4)  If a provision covered by item 3 of the table does not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, that provision is repealed on the first day after the end of that period.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act 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.