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Introduced in Senate (06/15/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3493


To reauthorize and enhance Johanna’s Law to increase public awareness and knowledge with respect to gynecologic cancers.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 15, 2010

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


A BILL

To reauthorize and enhance Johanna’s Law to increase public awareness and knowledge with respect to gynecologic cancers.

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

SECTION 1. Reauthorization and enhancement of Johanna’s Law.

(a) In general.—Section 317P(d)(4) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247b–17(d)(4)) is amended by inserting after “2009” the following: “, $16,500,000 for the period of fiscal years 2010 through 2012, and such sums as are necessary for each subsequent fiscal year”.

(b) Collaboration with nonprofit gynecologic cancer organizations.—Section 317P(d) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 247b–17(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(5) COLLABORATION WITH NONPROFIT GYNECOLOGIC CANCER ORGANIZATIONS.—In carrying out the national campaign under this subsection, the Secretary shall collaborate with the leading nonprofit gynecologic cancer organizations, with a mission both to conquer ovarian cancer nationwide and to provide outreach to State and local governments and communities, for the purpose of determining the best practices for providing gynecologic cancer information and outreach services to varied populations.”.

SEC. 2. Demonstration projects regarding outreach and education strategies relating to gynecologic cancer.

(a) In general.—Section 317P of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247b–17) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(e) Demonstration projects regarding outreach and education strategies.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall carry out a program to make grants to nonprofit private entities for the purpose of carrying out demonstration projects to test different outreach and education strategies to increase the awareness and knowledge of women and health care providers with respect to gynecologic cancers, including early warning signs, risk factors, prevention, screening, and treatment options. Such strategies shall include strategies directed at women and their families, physicians, nurses, and key health professionals.

“(2) PREFERENCES IN MAKING GRANTS.—In making grants under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall give preference to—

“(A) applicants with demonstrated expertise in gynecologic cancer education or treatment or in working with groups of women who are at especially high risk of gynecologic cancers; and

“(B) applicants that, in the demonstration project funded by the grant, will establish linkages between physicians, nurses, and key health professionals, hospitals, payers, and State health departments.

“(3) APPLICATION FOR GRANT.—A grant may be made under paragraph (1) only if an application for the grant is submitted to the Secretary and the application is in such form, is made in such manner, and contains such agreements, assurances, and information as the Secretary determines to be necessary to carry out this subsection.

“(4) CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS.—In making grants under paragraph (1)—

“(A) the Secretary shall make grants to not fewer than five applicants, subject to the extent of amounts made available in appropriations Acts; and

“(B) the Secretary shall ensure that information provided through demonstration projects under such grants is consistent with the best available medical information.

“(5) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this subsection and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress a report that—

“(A) summarizes the activities of demonstration projects under paragraph (1);

“(B) evaluates the extent to which the projects were effective in increasing early detection of gynecologic cancers and awareness of risk factors and early warning signs in the populations to which the projects were directed; and

“(C) identifies barriers to early detection and appropriate treatment of such cancers.

“(6) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of carrying out this subsection, there is authorized to be appropriated in the aggregate $15,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2010 through 2012 and such sums as are necessary for each subsequent fiscal year.

“(B) ADMINISTRATION, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND EVALUATION.—Of the amounts appropriated under subparagraph (A), not more than 9 percent may be expended for the purpose of administering this subsection, providing technical assistance to grantees under this subsection, and preparing the report under paragraph (5).”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Subsection (d)(3)(A) of such section is amended by inserting “(other than subsections (e))” after “this section”.


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