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S. 970: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 1, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 970

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 1, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Wicker, and Mr. King) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2019.

2.

National Health Service Corps; participation of physical therapists in loan repayment program

(a)

Mission of corps; definition of primary health services

Section 331(a)(3)(D) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d(a)(3)(D)) is amended by striking or mental health, and inserting mental health, or physical therapy,.

(b)

Loan repayment program

Section 338B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l–1) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(B)

by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3); and

(C)

by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

(2)

an adequate supply of physical therapists, including physical therapists for the prevention, treatment, or management of pain for individuals with substance use disorders, or at risk of developing a substance use disorder; and

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(2)

in subsection (b)(1)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by striking , or be certified and inserting ; be certified; and

(ii)

by inserting before the semicolon the following: ; or have a doctoral or master's degree in physical therapy;

(B)

in subparagraph (B), by inserting physical therapy, after mental health,; and

(C)

in subparagraph (C)(ii), by inserting physical therapy, after dentistry,; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(i)

Eligibility To participate in other programs

Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit any health care professional who is eligible to participate in the program under this section from participating in any other loan repayment program established by the Secretary for which such professional is eligible.

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