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H.R. 1659: Disaster Preparedness for Power Outages Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1659

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities to improve their preparedness for power outages.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Disaster Preparedness for Power Outages Act of 2019.

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Improving the preparedness of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities for power outages

The Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 319C–2 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 247d–3b) the following new section:

319C–3.

Improving the preparedness of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities for power outages

(a)

Grants

The Secretary may award grants to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities to improve their preparedness for power outages, including during and after a natural disaster.

(b)

Use of funds

The preparedness activities funded through a grant under this section may include—

(1)

the purchase of a backup power source, such as a generator, and any related equipment; and

(2)

the creation of a regional resource directory on disaster and post-disaster preparedness for power outages.

(c)

Preference

In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities that—

(1)

are located in areas that—

(A)

have a high proportion of—

(i)

elderly residents; or

(ii)

individuals who are enrolled in a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) (or under a waiver of such plan); and

(B)

have a high risk of hurricanes or other natural disasters; and

(2)

have not been cited for a substantive Federal, State, or local violation.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary.

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