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S. 989 - Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care Act of 2017

Sponsor: Roy Blunt (R)
Introduced: 2017-04-28
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
 
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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 989


    To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of pediatric subspecialists in the National Health Service Corps program, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 28, 2017

    Mr. Blunt (for himself and Mr. Reed) 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 pediatric subspecialists in the National Health Service Corps program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Participation of pediatric subspecialties in National Health Service Corps.

(a) Primary health services definition.—Section 331(a)(3)(D) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d(a)(3)(D)) is amended by inserting “(and pediatric subspecialties and special qualifications in pediatrics)” after “pediatrics”.

(b) Behavioral and mental health professionals definition.—Section 331(a)(3)(E)(i) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d(a)(3)(E)(i)) is amended by inserting “(including pediatric subspecialists thereof)” after “psychiatrists”.

(c) Health professional shortage areas.—Section 332(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254e(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(B), by inserting “(including such a population group of children and adolescents)” after “shortage”; and

(2) in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting “pediatric subspecialty medical residency or fellowship training site,” after “health department,”.

(d) Loan repayment program.—Subparagraph (B) of section 338B(b)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l–1(b)(1)) is amended by inserting “(including a pediatric subspecialty residency or fellowship training program)” before the semicolon.


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