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Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Bill 2018


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Health

Summary

Part of a package of three bills to increase maximum excess levels for private hospital cover, the bill amends the: Private Health Insurance Act 2007 to: increase maximum excess levels for products providing an exemption from the Medicare levy surcharge; enable age-based premium discounts for hospital cover; enable private health insurers to cover travel and accommodation costs for regional Australians as part of a hospital treatment; require insurers to maintain up to date information about complying health insurance products in the form of a ‘private health information statement’; require the minister to assess and determine whether or not to include a private hospital in a class of hospitals eligible for second-tier default benefits; and enable insurers to terminate products and transfer affected policy-holders to new products; Age Discrimination Act 2004 to enable age-based premium discounts to be made available to younger people; and Ombudsman Act 1976 to provide the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman with powers to conduct inspections and audits at the premises of insurers or brokers. Also includes transitional provisions relating to the treatment of benefit limitation period inclusive policies.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28/03/18  
Second reading moved 28/03/18  
Second reading debate 31/05/18  
Second reading agreed to 31/05/18  
Third reading agreed to 31/05/18  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 18/06/18  
Second reading moved 18/06/18  
Second reading debate 10/09/18  
Second reading agreed to 10/09/18  
Committee of the Whole debate 10/09/18 Amendment details: 5 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 10/09/18  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 11/09/18 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 11/09/18  
Assent 21/09/18 Act no: 101 - Year: 2018
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 8504]
DI NATALE, Sen Richard

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  • Government [sheet LP101]

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes