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H.R. 1209 (114th): Improving Access to Maternity Care Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 14, 2016 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 626

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1209

[Report No. 114–802]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 3, 2015

(for himself, Mrs. Capps, and Ms. Duckworth) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

November 14, 2016

Additional sponsors: Mr. Meehan, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Mr. Takai, Ms. Norton, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Harper, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Stivers, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Lee, Mr. Polis, Mr. Heck of Nevada, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Ms. Sinema, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mrs. Comstock, Mr. Costello of Pennsylvania, Mr. Loebsack, Mrs. Mimi Walters of California, Mr. Heck of Washington, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Takano, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Farr, Mr. Himes, Ms. McCollum, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Fattah, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Walberg, Mrs. Blackburn, Ms. Moore, Mr. Welch, Mrs. Torres, Mr. Kind, Mr. Garamendi, Ms. McSally, Mr. Katko, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Walz, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Newhouse, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Dent, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Jenkins of West Virginia, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Peters, Ms. DeLauro, Miss Rice of New York, Mr. Benishek, Mr. Moolenaar, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Latta, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. MacArthur, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Gallego, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Jeffries, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Ross, Mr. Schrader, Mr. Pompeo, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Young of Iowa, Mr. Griffith, Ms. Kuster, and Ms. Bonamici

November 14, 2016

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 3, 2015

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the designation of maternity care health professional shortage areas.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act.

2.

Maternity care health professional target areas

Section 332 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254e) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(k)
(1)

The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall identify, based on the data collected under paragraph (3), maternity care health professional target areas that satisfy the criteria described in paragraph (2) for purposes of, in connection with receipt of assistance under this title, assigning to such identified areas maternity care health professionals who, without application of this subsection, would otherwise be eligible for such assistance. The Secretary shall distribute maternity care health professionals within health professional shortage areas using the maternity care health professional target areas so identified.

(2)

For purposes of paragraph (1), the Secretary shall establish criteria for maternity care health professional target areas that identify geographic areas within health professional shortage areas that have a shortage of maternity care health professionals.

(3)

For purposes of this subsection, the Secretary shall collect and publish in the Federal Register data comparing the availability and need of maternity care health services in health professional shortage areas and in areas within such health professional shortage areas.

(4)

In carrying out paragraph (1), the Secretary shall seek input from relevant provider organizations, including medical societies, organizations representing medical facilities, and other organizations with expertise in maternity care.

(5)

For purposes of this subsection, the term full scope maternity care health services includes during labor care, birthing, prenatal care, and postpartum care.

(6)

Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as—

(A)

requiring the identification of a maternity care health professional target area in an area not otherwise already designated as a health professional shortage area; or

(B)

affecting the types of health professionals, without application of this subsection, otherwise eligible for assistance, including a loan repayment or scholarship, pursuant to the application of this section.

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Amend the title so as to read: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to distribute maternity care health professionals to health professional shortage areas identified as in need of maternity care health services..

November 14, 2016

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed