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H.R. 1117 (114th): Creating Access to Residency Education Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 26, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1117

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 26, 2015

(for herself and Mr. Heck of Nevada) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low ratio of medical residents relative to the general population.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Creating Access to Residency Education Act of 2015.

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Graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low ratio of medical residents relative to general population

Part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 317T (42 U.S.C. 247b–22) the following:

317U.

Graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low ratio of medical residents relative to general population

(a)

In general

The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (in this section referred to as the Administrator) shall make grants to, or enter into contracts with, eligible entities to support the creation of new medical residency training programs or slots within existing programs in States in which there is a low ratio of medical residents relative to the general population.

(b)

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive Federal funding under this section, an entity must—

(1)

be located in a State in which there are fewer than 25 medical residents per population of 100,000; and

(2)

be a public or nonprofit teaching hospital or an accredited graduate medical education training program.

(c)

Partnerships

In supporting the creation of new medical residency training programs or slots through a grant or contract under this section, an eligible entity may enter into a partnership with a State, local government, community health center, local health department, hospital, or other organization deemed by the entity to be appropriate.

(d)

Matching funds

An agreement awarding a grant or contract under this section shall—

(1)

in the case of a new or existing medical residency training program in the field of primary care—

(A)

require the entity awarded such grant or contract to provide one-third of the cost of the slots to be funded through the agreement; and

(B)

to the extent and in the amounts made available in advance in appropriations Acts, require the Administrator to provide the remaining two-thirds of the cost of such slots; and

(2)

in the case of a new or existing medical residency training program in any other field—

(A)

require the award recipient to provide one-half of the cost of the slots to be funded through the agreement; and

(B)

to the extent and in the amounts made available in advance in appropriations Acts, require the Administrator to provide the remaining one-half of the cost of such slots.

(e)

Requirements

The Administrator shall establish application processes for eligible entities to receive funding under this section, including multiyear commitments to ensure the continued funding of graduate medical education slots for residents in training.

(f)

Definition

For purposes of this section, the Administrator shall define the term primary care.

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2016, and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

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