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S. 1647: Supporting Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1647

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 23 (legislative day, May 22), 2019

(for himself and Mr. Menendez) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend title V of the Social Security Act to extend funding for family-to-family health information centers, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Supporting Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that family-to-family health information centers—

(1)

assist families of children with disabilities or special health care needs to improve the well-being of children;

(2)

provide information to families regarding resources available to help children with disabilities or special health care needs;

(3)

work with representatives of health care organizations to facilitate collaboration between families of such children and professionals and organizations in the health care system;

(4)

since fiscal year 2007, the first year the Secretary of Health and Human Services began to develop and support such centers, they have spread to the extent that family-to-family information centers now operate in all 50 States; and

(5)

since fiscal year 2018, these centers have been, and continue to be, developed in the territories and for Indian tribes.

3.

Extension for family-to-family health information centers

Section 501(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 701(c)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)(A)(vii), by striking and 2019 and inserting through 2024; and

(2)

in paragraph (3)(C), by striking fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and inserting fiscal year 2018 and each fiscal year thereafter.