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H.R. 3347: Rural Health Training Opportunities Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 19, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 3347


June 19, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To require geographical diversity in the provision of health profession opportunity grants under section 2008 of the Social Security Act, and to require the support services provided through the use of the grants to include a transportation assistance plan.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rural Health Training Opportunities Act.


Geographical diversity in provision of grants; inclusion of transportation assistance plan among support services

Section 2008 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397g) is amended by redesignating subsections (c) and (d) as subsections (d) and (e), respectively, and by inserting after subsection (b) the following:


Geographical diversity; transportation assistance plan


Preference for applications for projects to serve a rural area

In considering applications for a grant under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to applications which describe a demonstration project that will serve a rural area in which—


the community in which the individuals to be enrolled in the project reside is located;


the project will be conducted; or


an employer partnership that has committed to hiring individuals who successfully complete all activities under the project is located.


Support required to include transportation assistance plan

A project for which a grant is made under this section shall include a plan to provide project participants with transportation through means such as the following:


Referral to, and assistance with enrollment in, a subsidized transportation program.


If a subsidized transportation program is not reasonably available, direct payments to subsidize transportation costs.

For purposes of this paragraph, the term transportation includes public transit, or gasoline for a personal vehicle if public transit is not reasonably accessible or available.

Reports to the congress

During each Congress, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate a report—


on, with respect to the period since the period covered in the most recent prior report submitted under this paragraph—


the number of applications submitted under each subsection of this section, with a separate statement of the number of applications referred to in paragraph (1); and


the number of the applications that were approved, with a separate statement of the number of such applications referred to in paragraph (1); and


that includes an assessment of the effectiveness of the demonstration projects conducted under this section with respect to addressing health professions workforce shortages or in-demand jobs in rural areas.



Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on October 1, 2019.