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H.R. 1312 (114th): National Health Service Corps Improvement Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 4, 2015 (Introduced).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1312

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 4, 2015

(for herself, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Kinzinger of Illinois, Mr. Long, Mr. Griffith, and Mr. Schrader) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of optometrists in the National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Health Service Corps Improvement Act of 2015.

2.

Participation of optometrists in National Health Service Corps

(1)

Primary health care services

Section 331 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a)(3)(D), by striking or mental health, and inserting optometry, or mental health,; and

(B)

in subsection (b)(2), by striking and physician assistants and inserting optometrists, and physician assistants.

(2)

Scholarship program

Section 338A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a)(1), by striking and physician assistants and inserting optometrists, and physician assistants; and

(B)

in subsection (b)(1), by striking or other health profession and inserting optometry, or other health profession.

(3)

Loan repayment program

(A)

Participation

Section 338B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l–1) is amended—

(i)

in subsection (a)(1), by striking and physician assistants and inserting optometrists, and physician assistants;

(ii)

in subsection (b)(1)(A), by striking or another health profession and inserting optometry, or another health profession; and

(iii)

in subsections (b)(1)(B) and (b)(1)(C)(ii), by striking the term or other health profession each place such term appears and inserting optometry, or other health profession.

(B)

Period of obligated service

Clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 338C(b)(5)(C) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254m(b)(5)(C)) are amended by striking the term or other health profession each place such term appears and inserting optometry, or other health profession.