Summary: S.1044 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (09/20/1996)

Health Centers Consolidation Act of 1996 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to revise provisions concerning health centers (currently, community health centers), definitions relating to such centers, and the services provided by such centers. Authorizes planning, operating, and infant mortality grants for health centers that provide required primary health services to medically underserved or special medically underserved populations (migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, the homeless, and public housing residents). Mandates a program to guarantee the principal and interest on loans by non-Federal lenders to health centers for the costs of developing and operating managed care networks or plans. Authorizes appropriations, regulates grant distribution, and mandates annual audits.

(Sec. 3) Requires the Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration to administer the rural health services outreach demonstration grant program. Authorizes appropriations.