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H.R. 4819 (114th): HEALTHIER Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 21, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4819

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 21, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Fleischmann, and Mr. DesJarlais) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a grant program for States that provide flexibility in licensing for health care providers who offer services on a volunteer basis.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Health for Each American Less fortunate Through Help from medical professionals In Every Rural and impoverished area Act of 2016 or the HEALTHIER Act of 2016.

2.

Grant program for States providing flexibility in licensing for health care providers who offer services on a volunteer basis

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish a two-year grant program under which the Secretary awards grants to States that adopt a volunteer health care provider law during the period of the grant program and to States that have adopted such a law before such period.

(b)

Volunteer health care provider law

For purposes of this section, the term volunteer health care provider law means, a law of a State that permits a health care provider to provide health care services in such State (in this subsection referred to as the volunteer health care provider law State), even though the provider is not licensed in such State to provide such services, if—

(1)

such services are offered and provided in the volunteer health care provider law State solely on a volunteer basis to rural or impoverished areas (as defined by such volunteer health care provider law State) that are located within such State; and

(2)

such provider has an active, unencumbered license to practice in another State and such services are within the scope of practice of such provider (as defined by such volunteer health care provider law State).

(c)

Administrative provisions

(1)

One-time grant

A State shall be eligible for not more than one grant under this section.

(2)

Amount of grant

The amount of a grant awarded a State under this section shall be $1,000,000.

(d)

Additional definitions

For purposes of this section:

(1)

Volunteer basis

The term volunteer basis means, with respect to health care services provided by a health care provider, that such services are provided by such provider—

(A)

on behalf of a nonprofit organization, such as a church or charity;

(B)

without receipt by such provider of compensation (other than reasonable reimbursement or allowance for expenses actually incurred) for providing such services; and

(C)

for a period not to exceed 7 consecutive days.

(2)

State

The term State means any of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

(e)

Funding from Contingency Fund for State Welfare Programs

(1)

In general

There is transferred, from amounts appropriated to the Contingency Fund for State Welfare Programs under section 403(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603(b)) for fiscal year 2017, $56,000,000 to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the purposes of carrying out the grant program established under subsection (a). Such funds shall remain available for such purposes through fiscal year 2018. Of the funds transferred under this paragraph, any amount that has not been obligated by September 30, 2018, shall be restored to the Contingency Fund for State Welfare Programs.

(2)

Conforming amendment

Section 403(b)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603(b)(2)) is amended by inserting , subject to section 2(e)(1) of the HEALTHIER Act of 2016, after there are appropriated.