H. R. 4945
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 6, 2018
Mrs. Bustos (for herself and Mr. LaMalfa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to establish a Rural Health Liaison.
This Act may be cited as the
Rural Health Liaison Act of 2018.
Rural Health Liaison
Subtitle C of title II of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 6941 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Rural Health Liaison
The Secretary shall establish in the Department the position of Rural Health Liaison.
The Rural Health Liaison shall—
in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, coordinate the role of the Department with respect to rural health;
integrate across the Department the strategic planning and activities related to rural health;
improve communication related to rural health within the Department and between Federal agencies;
advocate on behalf of the health care and relevant infrastructure needs in rural areas;
provide to stakeholders, potential grant applicants, Federal agencies, State agencies, Indian Tribes, private organizations, and academic institutions, relevant data and information, including the eligibility requirements for, and availability and outcomes of, Department programs applicable to the advancement of rural health;
maintain communication with public health, medical, occupational safety, and telecommunication associations, research entities, and other stakeholders in order to ensure the Department is aware of current and upcoming issues related to rural health;
consult on programs, pilot projects, research, training and other affairs related to rural health at the Department and other Federal agencies;
provide expertise on rural health to support the activities of the Secretary as Chair of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity; and
provide technical assistance and guidance with respect to activities related to rural health to the outreach, extension, and county offices of the Department.