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H.R. 6717 (116th): Health Care Workforce Protection Act of 2020


The text of the bill below is as of May 5, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6717

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 5, 2020

(for himself, Mr. McGovern, and Mr. Costa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the period of authorized stay for certain alien health care workers during the COVID–19 emergency period, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Health Care Workforce Protection Act of 2020.

2.

Extension of authorized stay for certain alien health care workers during COVID–19 emergency period

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall extend the period of authorized stay for a covered alien healthcare worker until a date that is not earlier than the date that is 60 days after the end of the emergency period described in subparagraph (B) of section 1135(g)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320b–5(g)(1)).

(b)

Covered alien healthcare worker

The term covered alien healthcare worker means an alien—

(1)

who was admitted to the United States under section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) to perform services as a health care worker;

(2)

who was serving in such capacity in the United States for any period of time during the emergency period described in subsection (a); and

(3)

whose employment or work contract described in paragraph (2) was terminated during such period, except in the case that such employment or contract was terminated for cause.