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

Health and Ageing 
Originating house
Parliament no
Amends the:
National Health Act 1953
Private Health Insurance Incentives Act 1998
  in relation to the obligations of registered organisations; and to remove the rule change assessment process which requires registered health benefits organisations to submit all rule changes for government approval and replace it with a system of monitoring and compliance; and
National Health Act 1953
  to: increase the powers of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) to investigate complaints and resolve disputes; provide for an annual “state of the health funds” report by the PHIO; and make amendments to the lifetime health cover provisions. 

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06 Mar 2003Introduced and read a first time
06 Mar 2003Second reading moved
09 Sep 2003Second reading agreed to
09 Sep 2003Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 5 Government and 4 Australian Democrats agreed to
10 Sep 2003Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 1 Government agreed to
10 Sep 2003Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
15 Sep 2003Introduced and read a first time
04 Dec 2003Second reading moved
11 Feb 2004Second reading agreed to
11 Feb 2004Third reading agreed to

27 Feb 2004Assent

Act no.: 1

Year: 2004

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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