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H.R. 315 (115th): Improving Access to Maternity Care Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 9, 2017 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 315 requires the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to collect data to better place maternity health care professionals in existing primary care health professional shortage areas. Currently, maternity health care professionals can participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) but they are not always placed where they are most needed. The bill will help better place maternity health care professionals in areas with the greatest need for their services. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) places health care professionals who participate in their Loan Repayment Program, which requires a two-year commitment, in areas where HRSA finds health professional shortages. H.R. 315 is designed to more ...


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 315

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

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.

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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Passed the House of Representatives January 9, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.