H. R. 1686
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 12, 2019
Ms. Bass introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide loan repayment incentives for physician assistants, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act of 2019.
Expanding clinical training opportunities for physician assistants
The Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 749A of such Act (42 U.S.C. 293l–1) the following:
Expanding clinical training opportunities
The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall award grants to physician assistant education programs to establish or expand clinical education and training for physician assistants at underserved sites including Federally qualified health centers, critical access hospitals, and rural health clinics.
Allocation for rural sites
Of the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall allocate 50 percent of such amount for clinical education and training at underserved sites that are located in rural areas.
In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to physician assistant education programs proposing to establish or expand clinical rotations for physician assistants in pediatrics, women’s health, or behavioral health.
Reporting to Congress
The Secretary shall—
not later than March 1, 2022, submit an interim report to the Congress on the implementation of this section; and
not later than March 1, 2025, submit a final report to the Congress on such implementation.
Authorization of appropriations
To carry out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024.
Reauthorization of primary care training and enhancement programs
Section 747(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293k(c)) is amended—
in paragraph (1), by inserting after
2014 the following:
and each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024; and
in paragraph (2), by striking
Fifteen and inserting
At least 15.
Grants for research on physician assistant education
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide grants to eligible entities to fund eligible researchers to increase research on physician assistant education.
An eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
Condition of receipt
As a condition of receipt of a grant under this section, an entity shall each year award not fewer than eight eligible researchers funds to support physician assistant education research.
An entity receiving a grant under this section shall provide to the Secretary with respect to each year that such entity receives funds under this section a report on the activities conducted using such funds, including—
the number of researchers supported during such year by such entity using such funds;
a list of the researchers counted under paragraph (1), organized by researcher, including—
the institution such researcher is affiliated with; and
the research topic of such researcher;
citations to published clinical and scientific research by researchers described in paragraph (1) that is attributable to support under this section;
an evaluation of the benefits of grants under this section; and
any other information the Secretary may request.
In this section:
The term eligible entity means an organization that—
is a non-profit organization; and
has demonstrated expertise in physician assistant education and faculty development.
The term eligible researcher means, with respect to an eligible entity, a researcher that—
has demonstrated expertise in physician assistant education and faculty development; and
at such time and in such manner as such entity may require, provides such entity with a research proposal on improving physician assistant education and faculty development.
Physician assistant education
The term physician assistant education means selecting, educating, and graduating students in accredited graduate physician assistant educational programs.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024.