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108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4016 To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the education and training of allied health professionals in exchange for a service commitment, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 23, 2004 Mr. Stearns (for himself and Mr. Strickland) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the education and training of allied health professionals in exchange for a service commitment, 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 ``Allied Health Professions Reinvestment Act of 2004''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds as follows: (1) The Bureau of the Census, the Institute of Medicine, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and State hospital associations highlight the increased demand for acute and chronic health care services among both the general population and a rapidly growing aging portion of the population. (2) The calls for reduction in medical errors, increased patient safety, and increased quality of care have resulted in an amplified call for allied health professionals to provide health care services. (3) Several allied health professions are characterized by workforce shortages, declining enrollments in allied health education programs, or a combination of both factors, and hospital officials have reported vacancy rates in positions occupied by allied health professionals. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. Section 799B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295p) is amended-- (1) by redesignating paragraphs (5) through (11) as paragraphs (6) through (12), respectively; and (2) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following: ``(5) Allied health profession.--The term `allied health profession' means any profession practiced by an individual in his or her capacity as an allied health professional.''. SEC. 4. ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS. (a) Amendment.--Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 292 et seq.) is amended-- (1) by redesignating part F as part G; and (2) by adding after part E the following: ``PART F--ALLIED HEALTH ``SEC. 780. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS. ``(a) In General.--The Secretary shall develop and issue public service announcements that advertise and promote the allied health professions, highlight the advantages and rewards of allied health professions, and encourage individuals to enter the allied health professions. ``(b) Method.--The public service announcements described in subsection (a) shall be broadcast through appropriate media outlets, including television or radio, and other methods approved by the Secretary in a manner intended to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible. ``SEC. 780A. STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS. ``(a) In General.--The Secretary may award grants to eligible entities to support State and local advertising campaigns through appropriate media outlets to promote the allied health professions and highlight the advantages and rewards of the allied health professions. ``(b) Use of Funds.--An eligible entity that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall use funds received through such grant to acquire local television and radio time, place advertisements in local newspapers, or post information on billboards or on the Internet in a manner intended to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible, in order to-- ``(1) advertise and promote the allied health professions; ``(2) promote allied health professions education programs; ``(3) inform the public of financial assistance regarding such education programs; ``(4) highlight individuals in the community who are practicing allied health professions in order to recruit new allied health professionals; or ``(5) provide any other information to recruit individuals for the allied health professions. ``(c) Limitation.--An eligible entity that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall not use funds received through such grant to advertise particular employment opportunities. ``(d) Eligible Entity.--For purposes of this section, the term `eligible entity' means an entity that is-- ``(1) a professional, national, or State allied health association; ``(2) a State health care provider; or ``(3) an association of entities that are each a health care facility, an allied health education program, or an entity that provides similar services or serves a like function. ``SEC. 780B. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. ``(a) In General.--The Secretary may carry out a program of entering into contracts with eligible individuals under which such individuals agree to serve as allied health professionals for the period described in subsection (e) at a health care facility with a critical shortage of allied health professionals, in consideration of the Federal Government agreeing to provide to the individuals scholarships for the cost of tuition at schools of allied health in allied health professions curricula. ``(b) Eligible Individuals.--For purposes of this section, the term `eligible individual' means an individual who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time or part-time student in a school of allied health. ``(c) Selection.--In awarding scholarships under this section, the Secretary shall select a range of full-time and part-time students enrolled in a certificate, associate, bachelor's, or graduate program. ``(d) Amount.--The amount of a scholarship to an eligible individual under this section may not exceed $10,000 for any academic year. ``(e) Service Requirement.-- ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may not enter into a contract with an eligible individual under this section unless the individual agrees to serve as an allied health professional at a health care facility with a critical shortage of allied health professionals for a period of full-time service of not less than 1 year for each academic year for which the individual receives a scholarship under this section, or for a period of part-time service in accordance with paragraph (2). ``(2) Part-time service.--An individual may complete the period of service described in paragraph (1) on a part-time basis if the individual has a written agreement that-- ``(A) is entered into by the facility and the individual and is approved by the Secretary; and ``(B) provides that the period of obligated service will be extended so that the aggregate amount of service performed will equal the amount of service that would be performed through a period of full-time service described in paragraph (1). ``(f) Applicability of Certain Provisions.--The provisions of subpart III of part D of title III shall, except as inconsistent with this section, apply to the program established in this section in the same manner and to the same extent as such provisions apply to the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program established in such subpart. ``(g) Reports.--Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this section, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Congress a report describing the program carried out under this section, including statements regarding-- ``(1) the number of enrollees, scholarships, and grant recipients; ``(2) the number of graduates; ``(3) the amount of scholarship payments made; ``(4) which educational institution the recipients attended; ``(5) the number and placement location of the scholarship recipients at health care facilities with a critical shortage of allied health professionals; ``(6) the default rate and actions required; ``(7) the amount of outstanding default funds of the scholarship program; ``(8) to the extent that it can be determined, the reason for the default; ``(9) the demographics of the individuals participating in the scholarship program; and ``(10) an evaluation of the overall costs and benefits of the program. ``SEC. 780C. ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION, PRACTICE, AND RETENTION GRANTS. ``(a) Education Priority Areas.--The Secretary may award grants to, and enter into contracts with, eligible entities for-- ``(1) expanding the enrollment in allied health professions programs; ``(2) developing and implementing internship and residency programs to encourage mentoring and the development of specialties and training for new or emerging public health needs; ``(3) providing education in new technologies, including distance learning methodologies; or ``(4) developing grant awards to colleges and universities to promote development of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs for allied health professions faculty. ``(b) Practice Priority Areas.--The Secretary may award grants to, and enter into contracts with, eligible entities for-- ``(1) establishing or expanding allied health professions practice arrangements in noninstitutional settings to demonstrate methods to improve access to primary health care in medically underserved communities; ``(2) providing care for underserved populations and other high-risk groups and individuals with chronic conditions; ``(3) providing managed care, quality improvement, and other skills needed to practice in existing and emerging organized health care systems; or ``(4) developing cultural competencies among allied health professionals. ``(c) Retention Priority Areas.--The Secretary may award grants to, and enter into contracts with, eligible entities to enhance the allied health professions workforce by initiating and maintaining allied health profession retention programs-- ``(1) to promote career advancement for allied health professions personnel in a variety of training settings, including cross training or specialty training among diverse population groups; or ``(2) to assist individuals in obtaining education and training required to enter the allied health professions and advance within such professions, such as by providing career counseling and mentoring. ``(d) Other Priority Areas.--The Secretary may award grants to, and enter into contracts with, eligible entities-- ``(1) to study and advance the measurement of health outcomes relevant to the allied health professions; or ``(2) to address other issues that are of high priority to allied health professional education, practice, and retention, as determined by the Secretary. ``(e) Report.--The Secretary shall submit to the Congress before the end of each fiscal year a report on the grants awarded and the contracts entered into under this section. Each such report shall identify the overall number of such grants and contracts and provide an explanation of why each such grant or contract will meet the priority need of the workforce. ``(f) Eligible Entity.--For purposes of this section, the term `eligible entity' includes a school of allied health, a health care facility, or a partnership of such a school and a facility. ``SEC. 780D. COMPREHENSIVE GERIATRIC EDUCATION. ``(a) Program Authorized.--The Secretary may award grants to eligible entities to develop and implement, in coordination with programs under section 753, programs and initiatives to train and educate allied health professionals in providing geriatric care for the elderly. ``(b) Use of Funds.--An eligible entity that receives a grant under subsection (a) shall use funds under such grant to-- ``(1) provide training to allied health professionals who will provide geriatric care for the elderly; ``(2) disseminate curricula relating to the treatment of the health problems of elderly individuals; ``(3) train allied health professions faculty members in geriatrics; or ``(4) provide continuing education to allied health professionals who provide geriatric care. ``(c) Application.--An eligible entity desiring a grant under subsection (a) shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require. ``(d) Eligible Entity.--For purposes of this section, the term `eligible entity' includes a school of allied health, a health care facility, or a partnership of such a program and facility. ``SEC. 780E. ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS FACULTY LOAN PROGRAM. ``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, may enter into an agreement with any institution of higher education for the establishment and operation of a student loan fund in accordance with this section, to increase the number of qualified allied health professions faculty. ``(b) Agreements.--Each agreement entered into under this section shall-- ``(1) provide for the establishment of a student loan fund by the institution of higher education involved; ``(2) provide for deposit in the fund of-- ``(A) the Federal capital contributions to the fund; ``(B) an amount equal to not less than one-ninth of such Federal capital contributions, contributed by such institution; ``(C) collections of principal and interest on loans made from the fund; and ``(D) any other earnings of the fund; ``(3) provide that the fund will be used only for loans to
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