The House of Representatives approved two health insurance-related bills this week.
One, H.R. 1877, the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2016 bill, could provide about $75 million in funding to continue a mental health outreach training program that has strong support from Hartford, Connecticut-based Aetna.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, D-Kan., introduced that bill with Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and it passed Monday on a voice vote.
The bill has more Democratic co-sponsors than Republican co-sponsors, and it appears to have a good shot of being signed into law.
The other bill, H.R. 954, the CO-OP Consumer Protection Act of 2016 bill, could affect enrollees in Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan carriers that fail in the middle of the year.
H.R. 954 would exempt stranded CO-OP carrier enrollees from having to pay the individual shared responsibility penalties that the Affordable Care Act imposes on many people who fail to have what the government classifies as solid health coverage, or minimum essential coverage, for enough of the year.
House members voted 258 to 165 to pass H.R. 954 Tuesday.
All Republicans who voted supported the bill.