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Text of the Medicaid Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants Access Act of 2009

This bill was introduced on January 6, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 2009 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

S 63 IS

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 63

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve access to advanced practice nurses and physician assistants under the Medicaid Program.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 6, 2009

Mr. INOUYE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve access to advanced practice nurses and physician assistants under the Medicaid Program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Medicaid Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants Access Act of 2009’.

SEC. 2. IMPROVED ACCESS TO SERVICES OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS UNDER STATE MEDICAID PROGRAMS.

    (a) Primary Care Case Management- Section 1905(t)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(t)(2)) is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

      ‘(B) A nurse practitioner (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)(A)).

      ‘(C) A certified nurse-midwife (as defined in section 1861(gg)).

      ‘(D) A physician assistant (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)(A)).’.

    (b) Fee-for-Service Program- Section 1905(a)(21) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(21)) is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘(A)’ after ‘(21)’;

      (2) by striking ‘services furnished by a certified pediatric nurse practitioner or certified family nurse practitioner (as defined by the Secretary) which the certified pediatric nurse practitioner or certified family nurse practitioner’ and inserting ‘services furnished by a nurse practitioner (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)(A)) or by a clinical nurse specialist (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)(B)) which the nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist’;

      (3) by striking ‘the certified pediatric nurse practitioner or certified family nurse practitioner’ and inserting ‘the nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist’; and

      (4) by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: ‘and (B) services furnished by a physician assistant (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)) with the supervision of a physician which the physician assistant is legally authorized to perform under State law’.

    (c) Including in Mix of Service Providers Under Medicaid Managed Care Organizations- Section 1932(b)(5)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396u-2(b)(5)(B)) is amended by inserting ‘, with such mix including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists (as defined in section 1861(bb)(2))’ after ‘services’.

    (d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to items and services furnished in calendar quarters beginning on or after 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, without regard to whether or not final regulations to carry out such amendments have been promulgated by such date.