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How do you get a copy of the health care bill HB 3200?

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Quick Answer

For a copy of health care bill HB 3200, go to Congress.gov, and use the search function in the Legislation tab. Type in H.B. 3200, and the bill's summary appears, with various options for navigating to the full text or specific sections of the bill.

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The full text of H.B. 3200 is available in three formats on the website: XML/HTML, text, or PDF. Additionally, there are two separate versions of the text. The first version was introduced to the House on July 14, 2009, and the second was reported in the House of Representatives on Oct. 14, 2009.

From the link on Congress.gov, it is easy to navigate to different parts of the bill itself or to other related or subsequent legislation. Navigation tabs include Summary, Text, Actions, Titles and Amendments, in addition to Cosponsors, Committees and related bills.

The summary tab gives a view of the bill at a glance, and provides a succinct, easy-to-understand explanation of the contents in the full text, which is hundreds of pages long. The Actions tab shows any actions taken, and the date on which the action occurred. The Cosponsors section lists each cosponsor and provides a hyperlink for further information. The Committees tab lists committees and subcommittees and provides links to any reports associated with this bill.

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