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H.R. 5064 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employees and self- employed individuals to deduct taxes paid for Social Security and Medicare. [Introduced in House] ...
108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5063 To amend the Federal Employees' Compensation Act to cover services provided to injured Federal workers by physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 13, 2004 Mr. Norwood (for himself and Mr. Andrews) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Federal Employees' Compensation Act to cover services provided to injured Federal workers by physician assistants and nurse practitioners, 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 ``Recognition of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in the Federal Workers' Compensation Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) Medical services and supplies provided by physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are not included in the definition of ``medical, surgical, and hospital services and supplies,'' in the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq.), PAs and NPs are not included in the definition of ``physician'' in such Act, and claims signed by PAs and NPs have been denied by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs of the Department of Labor. (2) In some rural areas where PAs and NPs are the only full-time providers of care, injured Federal workers may have to travel more than 100 miles to receive care that is reimbursable. (3) In some cases, Federal workers have been advised to use hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency care, rather than receiving care after-hours at local clinics where PAs or NPs are the only health care professionals on-site. (4) PAs and NPs are legally regulated in all fifty States, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Forty-eight States, the District of Columbia, and Guam authorize physicians to delegate prescriptive privileges to the PAs they supervise, and forty- nine States, the District of Columbia, and Guam authorize NPs to prescribe medications under their own signature. (5) PAs and NPs work in virtually every area of medicine and surgery and are covered providers within Medicare, Tri- Care, and most private insurance plans. PAs and NPs are also employed by the Federal Government to provide medical care, including by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Public and Indian Health Services. (6) Amending the Federal Employees' Compensation Act to recognize PAs and NPs as covered providers will bring this Act in line with the overwhelming majority of State workers' compensation programs, which recognize PAs and NPs as covered providers. (7) The exclusion of PAs and NPs from the category of covered providers under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act limits patients' access to medical care, services, and supplies, disrupts continuity of care, and creates unnecessary costs for the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. SEC. 3. INCLUSION OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS AND NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT. (a) Inclusion.--Section 8101 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (2), by inserting after ``chiropractors,'' the following: ``physician assistants, nurse practitioners,''; and (2) in paragraph (3), by inserting after ``chiropractors,'' the following: ``physician assistants, nurse practitioners,''. (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall apply beginning on the first day of the first Federal fiscal year quarter that begins on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. <all>
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