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Introduced in House (06/14/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5475


To improve the health of minority individuals, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 14, 2016

Ms. Kelly of Illinois (for herself, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Ms. Lee, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Payne, and Mr. Butterfield) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, the Budget, the Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To improve the health of minority individuals, 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 “Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. Table of contents.

The table of contents of this Act is as follows:


Sec. 1. Short title.

Sec. 2. Table of contents.

Sec. 3. Findings.

Sec. 101. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

Sec. 102. Elimination of prerequisite of direct appropriations for data collection and analysis.

Sec. 103. Collection of race and ethnicity data by the Social Security Administration.

Sec. 104. Revision of HIPAA claims standards.

Sec. 105. National Center for Health Statistics.

Sec. 106. Oversampling of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented groups in Federal health surveys.

Sec. 107. Geo-access study.

Sec. 108. Racial, ethnic, and primary language data collected by the Federal Government.

Sec. 109. Data collection and analysis grants to minority-serving institutions.

Sec. 110. Standards for measuring sexual orientation and gender identity in collection of health data.

Sec. 111. Standards for measuring socioeconomic status in collection of health data.

Sec. 112. Safety and effectiveness of drugs with respect to racial and ethnic background.

Sec. 113. Improving health data regarding Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Sec. 114. Clarification of simplified administrative reporting requirement.

Sec. 201. Definitions.

Sec. 202. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

Sec. 203. Pilot program for improvement and development of State medical interpreting services.

Sec. 204. Training tomorrow’s doctors for culturally and linguistically appropriate care: graduate medical education.

Sec. 205. Federal reimbursement for culturally and linguistically appropriate services under the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

Sec. 206. Increasing understanding of and improving health literacy.

Sec. 207. Assurances for receiving Federal funds.

Sec. 208. Report on Federal efforts to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services.

Sec. 209. English for speakers of other languages.

Sec. 210. Implementation.

Sec. 211. Language access services.

Sec. 301. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

Sec. 302. Hispanic-serving health professions schools.

Sec. 303. Loan repayment program of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sec. 304. Cooperative agreements for online degree programs at schools of public health and schools of allied health.

Sec. 305. Sense of Congress on the mission of the National Health Care Workforce Commission.

Sec. 306. Scholarship and fellowship programs.

Sec. 307. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Sec. 308. Rules for determination of full-time equivalent residents for cost-reporting periods.

Sec. 309. Developing and implementing strategies for local health equity.

Sec. 310. Loan forgiveness for mental and behavioral health social workers.

Sec. 311. Health Professions Workforce Fund.

Sec. 312. Findings; sense of Congress relating to graduate medical education.

Sec. 313. Career support for skilled, internationally educated health professionals.

Sec. 401. Short title.

Sec. 402. Findings.

Sec. 403. Designation of health empowerment zones.

Sec. 404. Assistance to those seeking designation.

Sec. 405. Benefits of designation.

Sec. 406. Definition.

Sec. 407. Authorization of appropriations.

Sec. 411. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

Sec. 412. Removing citizenship and immigration barriers to access to affordable health care under the ACA.

Sec. 413. Study on the uninsured.

Sec. 414. Medicaid payment parity for the territories.

Sec. 415. Extension of Medicare secondary payer.

Sec. 416. Border health grants.

Sec. 417. Removing Medicare barrier to health care.

Sec. 418. 100 percent FMAP for medical assistance provided by urban Indian health centers.

Sec. 419. 100 percent FMAP for medical assistance provided to a Native Hawaiian through a federally qualified health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system under the Medicaid program.

Sec. 431. Grants for racial and ethnic approaches to community health.

Sec. 432. Critical access hospital improvements.

Sec. 433. Establishment of Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Program.

Sec. 434. Medicare remote monitoring pilot projects.

Sec. 435. Rural health quality advisory commission and demonstration projects.

Sec. 436. Rural health care services.

Sec. 437. Community health center collaborative access expansion.

Sec. 438. Facilitating the provision of telehealth services across State lines.

Sec. 439. Scoring of preventive health savings.

Sec. 440. Sense of Congress.

Sec. 441. Repeal of requirement for documentation evidencing citizenship or nationality under the Medicaid program.

Sec. 442. Office of Minority Health in Veterans Health Administration of Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sec. 443. Indian defined in PPACA.

Sec. 444. Study of DSH payments to ensure hospital access for low-income patients.

Sec. 445. Assistant Secretary of the Indian Health Service.

Sec. 446. Reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act.

Sec. 447. Availability of non-English language speaking providers.

Sec. 448. Access to essential community providers.

Sec. 449. Provider network adequacy in communities of color.

Sec. 450. Improving access to dental care.

Sec. 501. Grants to promote positive health outcomes for women and children.

Sec. 502. Removing barriers to health care and nutrition assistance for children, pregnant women, and lawfully present individuals.

Sec. 503. Repeal of denial of benefits.

Sec. 504. Birth defects prevention, risk reduction, and awareness.

Sec. 505. Uniform State maternal mortality review committees on pregnancy-related deaths.

Sec. 506. Eliminating disparities in maternity health outcomes.

Sec. 507. Decreasing the risk factors for sudden unexpected infant death and sudden unexplained death in childhood.

Sec. 508. Reducing unintended teenage pregnancies.

Sec. 509. Gestational diabetes.

Sec. 510. Emergency contraception education and information programs.

Sec. 511. Supporting healthy adolescent development.

Sec. 512. Compassionate assistance for rape emergencies.

Sec. 513. Access to birth control duties of pharmacies to ensure provision of FDA-approved contraception.

Sec. 514. Additional focus area for the Office on Women’s Health.

Sec. 515. Interagency coordinating committee on the promotion of optimal maternity outcomes.

Sec. 516. Consumer education campaign.

Sec. 517. Bibliographic database of systematic reviews for care of childbearing women and newborns.

Sec. 518. Maternity care health professional shortage areas.

Sec. 519. Expansion of CDC prevention research centers program to include centers on optimal maternity outcomes.

Sec. 520. Expanding models allowed to be tested by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to include maternity care models.

Sec. 521. Development of interprofessional maternity care educational models and tools.

Sec. 522. Including within inpatient hospital services under Medicare services furnished by certain students, interns, and residents supervised by certified nurse midwives.

Sec. 523. Grants to professional organizations to increase diversity in maternity care professionals.

Sec. 601. Coverage of marriage and family therapist services, mental health counselor services, and substance abuse counselor services under part B of the Medicare program.

Sec. 602. Minority Fellowship Program.

Sec. 603. Integrated Health Care Demonstration Program.

Sec. 604. Addressing racial and ethnic minority mental health disparities research gaps.

Sec. 605. Health professions competencies to address racial and ethnic minority mental health disparities.

Sec. 701. Lung cancer mortality reduction.

Sec. 702. Expanding prostate cancer research, outreach, screening, testing, access, and treatment effectiveness.

Sec. 703. Improved Medicaid coverage for certain breast and cervical cancer patients in the territories.

Sec. 704. Cancer prevention and treatment demonstration for ethnic and racial minorities.

Sec. 705. Reducing cancer disparities within Medicare.

Sec. 711. Viral hepatitis and liver cancer control and prevention.

Sec. 721. Acquired bone marrow failure diseases.

Sec. 731. Guidelines for disease screening for minority patients.

Sec. 732. CDC Wisewoman Screening Program.

Sec. 733. Report on cardiovascular care for women and minorities.

Sec. 734. Coverage of comprehensive tobacco cessation services in Medicaid and in ACA essential health benefits .

Sec. 735. Clinical research funding for oral health.

Sec. 736. Participation by Medicaid beneficiaries in approved clinical trials.

Sec. 741. Statement of policy.

Sec. 742. Findings.

Sec. 743. Additional funding for AIDS drug assistance program treatments.

Sec. 744. Enhancing the national HIV surveillance system.

Sec. 745. Evidence-based strategies for improving linkage to and retention in appropriate care.

Sec. 746. Improving entry into and retention in care and antiretroviral adherence for persons with HIV.

Sec. 747. Services to reduce HIV/AIDS in racial and ethnic minority communities.

Sec. 748. Minority AIDS initiative.

Sec. 749. Health care professionals treating individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Sec. 750. HIV/AIDS provider loan repayment program.

Sec. 751. Dental education loan repayment program.

Sec. 752. Reducing new HIV infections among injecting drug users.

Sec. 753. Support for expansion of comprehensive sexual health and education programs.

Sec. 754. Report on impact of HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations.

Sec. 755. National HIV/AIDS observance days.

Sec. 756. Review of all Federal and State laws, policies, and regulations regarding the criminal prosecution of individuals for HIV-related offenses.

Sec. 757. Repeal of limitation against use of funds for education or information designed to promote or encourage, directly, homosexual or heterosexual activity or intravenous substance abuse.

Sec. 758. Expanding support for condoms in prisons.

Sec. 759. Automatic reinstatement or enrollment in Medicaid for people who test positive for HIV before reentering communities.

Sec. 760. Stop AIDS in prison.

Sec. 761. Support data system review and indicators for monitoring HIV care.

Sec. 762. Transfer of funds for implementation of national HIV/AIDS strategy.

Sec. 763. HIV integrated services delivery model demonstration.

Sec. 764. Report on the implementation of goal 4 (improved coordination) of the national HIV/AIDS strategy.

Sec. 771. Research, treatment, and education.

Sec. 772. Research, education, and other activities.

Sec. 773. Research, education, and other activities.

Sec. 774. Research, education, and other activities.

Sec. 775. Updated report on health disparities.

Sec. 776. Expansion of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.

Sec. 777. Asthma-related activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sec. 778. Influenza and pneumonia vaccination campaign.

Sec. 779. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease action plan.

Sec. 781. Findings.

Sec. 782. Osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal health-related activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sec. 783. Grants for comprehensive osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disease health education within health professions schools.

Sec. 791. Short title; findings.

Sec. 792. Sleep and circadian rhythm disorders research activities of the National Institutes of Health.

Sec. 793. Sleep and circadian rhythm health disparities-related activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sec. 794. Grants for comprehensive sleep and circadian health education within health professions schools.

Sec. 795. Report on impact of sleep and circadian health disorders in vulnerable & racial/ethnic populations.

Sec. 800. Definitions.

Sec. 801. HRSA assistance to health centers for promotion of Health IT.

Sec. 802. Assessment of impact of Health IT on racial and ethnic minority communities; outreach and adoption of Health IT in such communities.

Sec. 811. Extending funding to strengthen the Health IT infrastructure in racial and ethnic minority communities.

Sec. 812. Prioritizing regional extension center assistance to racial and ethnic minority groups.

Sec. 813. Extending competitive grants for the development of loan programs to facilitate adoption of certified EHR technology by providers serving racial and ethnic minority groups.

Sec. 814. Authorization of appropriations.

Sec. 831. Data collection and assessments conducted in coordination with minority-serving institutions.

Sec. 832. Study of health information technology in medically underserved communities.

Sec. 841. Extending Medicaid EHR incentive payments to rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies.

Sec. 842. Extending physician assistant eligibility for Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments.

Sec. 901. Prohibition on discrimination in Federal assisted health care services and research programs on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status.

Sec. 902. Treatment of Medicare payments under title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Sec. 903. Accountability and transparency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sec. 904. United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Sec. 905. Sense of Congress concerning full funding of activities to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

Sec. 906. GAO and NIH reports.

Sec. 1001. Definitions.

Sec. 1002. Findings.

Sec. 1003. Health impact assessments.

Sec. 1004. Implementation of recommendations by Environmental Protection Agency.

Sec. 1005. Grant program to conduct environmental health improvement activities and to improve social determinants of health.

Sec. 1006. Additional research on the relationship between the built environment and the health of community residents.

Sec. 1007. Environment and public health restoration.

Sec. 1008. GAO report on health effects of Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf Coast.

SEC. 3. Findings.

The Congress finds as follows:

(1) The population of racial and ethnic minorities is expected to increase over the next few decades, yet racial and ethnic minorities have the poorest health status and face substantial cultural, social, and economic barriers to obtaining quality health care.

(2) Health disparities are a function of not only access to health care, but also the social determinants of health—including the environment, the physical structure of communities, nutrition and food options, educational attainment, employment, race, ethnicity, sex, geography, language preference, immigrant or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or disability status—that directly and indirectly affect the health, health care, and wellness of individuals and communities.

(3) By 2020, the Nation will face a shortage of health care providers and allied health workers and this shortage disproportionately affects health professional shortage areas where many racial and ethnic minority populations reside.

(4) All efforts to reduce health disparities and barriers to quality health services require better and more consistent data.

(5) A full range of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and public health services must be available and accessible in every community.

(6) Racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations must be included early and equitably in health reform innovations.

(7) Efforts to improve minority health have been limited by inadequate resources in funding, staffing, stewardship, and accountability. Targeted investments that are focused on disparities elimination must be made in providing care and services that are community-based, including prevention and policies addressing social determinants of health.

(8) In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services developed the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, two strategic plans that represent the country’s first coordinated roadmap to reducing health disparities. Along with the National Prevention Strategy, Healthy People 2020, and the National Health Care Quality Strategy, as well as critical resources such as the 2012 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, these comprehensive plans will work to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

(9) The Department of Health and Human Services has also reviewed and advanced updated clinical guidelines and developed other strategic planning documents—

(A) to combat health disparities with a high impact on minority populations including the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis; and

(B) to provide high-quality family planning services including recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Population Affairs.

(10) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, represents the biggest advancement for minority health in the last 40 years.

SEC. 101. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

(a) Purpose.—It is the purpose of this section to promote data collection, analysis, and reporting by race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status among federally supported health programs.

(b) Amendment.—Title XXXIV of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by titles II and III of this Act, is further amended by inserting after subtitle A the following:

“subtitle BStrengthening data collection, improving data analysis, and expanding data reporting

“SEC. 3431. Health disparity data.

“(a) Requirements.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Each health-related program operated by or that receives funding or reimbursement, in whole or in part, either directly or indirectly from the Department of Health and Human Services shall—

“(A) require the collection, by the agency or program involved, of data on the race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status of each applicant for and recipient of health-related assistance under such program—

“(i) using, at a minimum, the standards for data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status developed under section 3101;

“(ii) collecting data for additional population groups if such groups can be aggregated into the race and ethnicity categories outlined by the standards developed under section 3101;

“(iii) additionally referring, where practicable, to the standards developed by the Institute of Medicine in ‘Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement’; and

“(iv) where practicable, through self-reporting;

“(B) with respect to the collection of the data described in subparagraph (A), for applicants and recipients who are minors, require communication assistance in speech or writing, and for applicants and recipients who are otherwise legally incapacitated, require that—

“(i) such data be collected from the parent or legal guardian of such an applicant or recipient; and

“(ii) the primary language of the parent or legal guardian of such an applicant or recipient be collected;

“(C) systematically analyze such data using the smallest appropriate units of analysis feasible to detect racial and ethnic disparities, as well as disparities along the lines of primary language, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status in health and health care, and report the results of such analysis to the Secretary, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, each agency listed in section 3101(c)(1), the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Finance of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives;

“(D) provide such data to the Secretary on at least an annual basis; and

“(E) ensure that the provision of assistance to an applicant or recipient of assistance is not denied or otherwise adversely affected because of the failure of the applicant or recipient to provide race, ethnicity, primary language, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status data.

“(2) RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to—

“(A) permit the use of information collected under this subsection in a manner that would adversely affect any individual providing any such information; or

“(B) diminish existing or future requirements on health care providers to collect data.

“(3) NO COMPELLED DISCLOSURE OF DATA.—This title does not authorize any health care provider, Federal official, or other entity to compel the disclosure of any data collected under this title. The disclosure of any such data by an individual pursuant to this title shall be strictly voluntary.

“(b) Protection of data.—The Secretary shall ensure (through the promulgation of regulations or otherwise) that all data collected pursuant to subsection (a) are protected—

“(1) under the same privacy protections as the Secretary applies to other health data under the regulations promulgated under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–191; 110 Stat. 2033) relating to the privacy of individually identifiable health information and other protections; and

“(2) from all inappropriate internal use by any entity that collects, stores, or receives the data, including use of such data in determinations of eligibility (or continued eligibility) in health plans, and from other inappropriate uses, as defined by the Secretary.

“(c) National plan of the data Council.—The Secretary shall develop and implement a national plan to ensure the collection of data in a culturally appropriate and competent manner, to improve the collection, analysis, and reporting of racial, ethnic, sex, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status data at the Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local levels, including data to be collected under subsection (a), and to ensure that data collection activities carried out under this section are in compliance with the standards developed under section 3101. The Data Council of the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics, the Office of Minority Health, Office on Women’s Health, and other appropriate public and private entities, shall make recommendations to the Secretary concerning the development, implementation, and revision of the national plan. Such plan shall include recommendations on how to—

“(1) implement subsection (a) while minimizing the cost and administrative burdens of data collection and reporting;

“(2) expand awareness among Federal agencies, States, territories, Indian tribes, health providers, health plans, health insurance issuers, and the general public that data collection, analysis, and reporting by race, ethnicity, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status is legal and necessary to assure equity and nondiscrimination in the quality of health care services;

“(3) ensure that future patient record systems have data code sets for racial, ethnic, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status identifiers and that such identifiers can be retrieved from clinical records, including records transmitted electronically;

“(4) improve health and health care data collection and analysis for more population groups if such groups can be aggregated into the minimum race and ethnicity categories, including exploring the feasibility of enhancing collection efforts in States for racial and ethnic groups that comprise a significant proportion of the population of the State;

“(5) provide researchers with greater access to racial, ethnic, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status data, subject to privacy and confidentiality regulations; and

“(6) safeguard and prevent the misuse of data collected under subsection (a).

“(d) Compliance with Standards.—Data collected under subsection (a) shall be obtained, maintained, and presented (including for reporting purposes) in accordance with the standards developed under section 3101.

“(e) Technical assistance for the collection and reporting of data.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may, either directly or through grant or contract, provide technical assistance to enable a health care program or an entity operating under such program to comply with the requirements of this section.

“(2) TYPES OF ASSISTANCE.—Assistance provided under this subsection may include assistance to—

“(A) enhance or upgrade computer technology that will facilitate racial, ethnic, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status data collection and analysis;

“(B) improve methods for health data collection and analysis, including additional population groups if such groups can be aggregated into the race and ethnicity categories outlined by the standards developed under section 3101;

“(C) develop mechanisms for submitting collected data subject to existing privacy and confidentiality regulations; and

“(D) develop educational programs to inform health insurance issuers, health plans, health providers, health-related agencies, and the general public that data collection and reporting by race, ethnicity, primary language, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and socioeconomic status are legal and essential for eliminating health and health care disparities.

“(f) Analysis of health disparity data.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and in coordination with the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shall provide technical assistance to agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services in meeting Federal standards for health disparity data collection and for analysis of racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care in public programs by—

“(1) identifying appropriate quality assurance mechanisms to monitor for health disparities;

“(2) specifying the clinical, diagnostic, or therapeutic measures which should be monitored;

“(3) developing new quality measures relating to racial and ethnic disparities and their overlap with other disparity factors in health and health care;

“(4) identifying the level at which data analysis should be conducted; and

“(5) sharing data with external organizations for research and quality improvement purposes.

“(g) Primary language.—References in this section—

“(1) to primary language data, include spoken and written primary language data; and

“(2) to primary language data collection activities, include identifying, collecting, storing, tracking, and analyzing primary language data and information on the methods used to meet the language access needs of limited-English-proficient individuals.

“(h) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘health-related program’ mean a program—

“(1) under the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) that pays for health care and services; and

“(2) under this Act that provides Federal financial assistance for health care, biomedical research, or health services research and or is designed to improve the public’s health.

“(i) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3432. Provisions relating to Native Americans.

“(a) Establishment of epidemiology centers.—The Secretary shall establish an epidemiology center in each service area to carry out the functions described in subsection (b). Any new center established after the date of the enactment of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 may be operated under a grant authorized by subsection (d), but funding under such a grant shall not be divisible.

“(b) Functions of centers.—In consultation with and upon the request of Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations, each service area epidemiology center established under this subsection shall, with respect to such service area—

“(1) collect data relating to, and monitor progress made toward meeting, each of the health status objectives of the service, the Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations in the service area;

“(2) evaluate existing delivery systems, data systems, and other systems that impact the improvement of Indian health;

“(3) assist Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations in identifying their highest priority health status objectives and the services needed to achieve such objectives, based on epidemiological data;

“(4) make recommendations for the targeting of services needed by the populations served;

“(5) make recommendations to improve health care delivery systems for Indians and urban Indians;

“(6) provide requested technical assistance to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations in the development of local health service priorities and incidence and prevalence rates of disease and other illness in the community; and

“(7) provide disease surveillance and assist Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to promote public health.

“(c) Technical assistance.—The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall provide technical assistance to the centers in carrying out the requirements of this subsection.

“(d) Grants for studies.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may make grants to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and eligible intertribal consortia to conduct epidemiological studies of Indian communities.

“(2) ELIGIBLE INTERTRIBAL CONSORTIA.—An intertribal consortium is eligible to receive a grant under this subsection if—

“(A) the intertribal consortium is incorporated for the primary purpose of improving Indian health; and

“(B) the intertribal consortium is representative of the Indian tribes or urban Indian communities in which the intertribal consortium is located.

“(3) APPLICATIONS.—An application for a grant under this subsection shall be submitted in such manner and at such time as the Secretary shall prescribe.

“(4) REQUIREMENTS.—An applicant for a grant under this subsection shall—

“(A) demonstrate the technical, administrative, and financial expertise necessary to carry out the functions described in paragraph (5);

“(B) consult and cooperate with providers of related health and social services in order to avoid duplication of existing services; and

“(C) demonstrate cooperation from Indian tribes or urban Indian organizations in the area to be served.

“(5) USE OF FUNDS.—A grant awarded under paragraph (1) may be used—

“(A) to carry out the functions described in subsection (b);

“(B) to provide information to and consult with tribal leaders, urban Indian community leaders, and related health staff on health care and health service management issues; and

“(C) in collaboration with Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian communities, to provide the service with information regarding ways to improve the health status of Indians.

“(e) Access to information.—An epidemiology center operated by a grantee pursuant to a grant awarded under subsection (d) shall be treated as a public health authority for purposes of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–191; 110 Stat. 2033), as such entities are defined in part 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation). The Secretary shall grant such grantees access to and use of data, data sets, monitoring systems, delivery systems, and other protected health information in the possession of the Secretary.”.

SEC. 102. Elimination of prerequisite of direct appropriations for data collection and analysis.

Section 3101 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300kk) is amended—

(1) by striking subsection (h); and

(2) by redesignating subsection (i) as subsection (h).

SEC. 103. Collection of race and ethnicity data by the Social Security Administration.

Part A of title XI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1301 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    Collection of race and ethnicity data by the Social Security Administration

“Sec. 1150C. (a) Requirement.—The Commissioner of Social Security, in consultation with the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shall—

“(1) require the collection of data on the race, ethnicity, primary language, and disability status of all applicants for Social Security account numbers or benefits under title II or part A of title XVIII and all individuals with respect to whom the Commissioner maintains records of wages and self-employment income in accordance with reports received by the Commissioner or the Secretary of the Treasury—

“(A) using, at a minimum, the standards for data collection on race, ethnicity, primary language, and disability status developed under section 3101 of the Public Health Service Act;

“(B) where practicable, collecting data for additional population groups if such groups can be aggregated into the race and ethnicity categories outlined by the standards developed under section 3101 of the Public Health Service Act; and

“(C) additionally referring, where practicable, to the standards developed by the Institute of Medicine in ‘Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement’ (released August 31, 2009);

“(2) with respect to the collection of the data described in paragraph (1) for applicants who are under 18 years of age or otherwise legally incapacitated, require that—

“(A) such data be collected from the parent or legal guardian of such an applicant; and

“(B) the primary language of the parent or legal guardian of such an applicant or recipient be used;

“(3) require that such data be uniformly analyzed and reported at least annually to the Commissioner of Social Security;

“(4) be responsible for storing the data reported under paragraph (3);

“(5) ensure transmission to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other Federal health agencies;

“(6) provide such data to the Secretary on at least an annual basis; and

“(7) ensure that the provision of assistance to an applicant is not denied or otherwise adversely affected because of the failure of the applicant to provide race, ethnicity, primary language, and disability status data.

“(b) Protection of data.—The Commissioner of Social Security shall ensure (through the promulgation of regulations or otherwise) that all data collected pursuant to subsection (a) are protected—

“(1) under the same privacy protections as the Secretary applies to health data under the regulations promulgated under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–191; 110 Stat. 2033) relating to the privacy of individually identifiable health information and other protections; and

“(2) from all inappropriate internal use by any entity that collects, stores, or receives the data, including use of such data in determinations of eligibility (or continued eligibility) in health plans, and from other inappropriate uses, as defined by the Secretary.

“(c) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit the use of information collected under this section in a manner that would adversely affect any individual providing any such information.

“(d) Technical assistance.—The Secretary may, either directly or by grant or contract, provide technical assistance to enable any health entity to comply with the requirements of this section.

“(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.”.

SEC. 104. Revision of HIPAA claims standards.

(a) In general.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall revise the regulations promulgated under part C of title XI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d et seq.), relating to the collection of data on race, ethnicity, and primary language in a health-related transaction, to require—

(1) the use, at a minimum, of the standards for data collection on race, ethnicity, primary language, disability, and sex developed under section 3101 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300kk); and

(2) the designation of the racial, ethnic, primary language, disability, and sex code sets as required for claims and enrollment data.

(b) Dissemination.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall disseminate the new standards developed under subsection (a) to all health entities that are subject to the regulations described in such subsection and provide technical assistance with respect to the collection of the data involved.

(c) Compliance.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall require that health entities comply with the new standards developed under subsection (a) not later than 2 years after the final promulgation of such standards.

SEC. 105. National Center for Health Statistics.

Section 306(n) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242k(n)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “2003” and inserting “2022”;

(2) in paragraph (2), in the first sentence, by striking “2003” and inserting “2022”; and

(3) in paragraph (3), by striking “2002” and inserting “2022”.

SEC. 106. Oversampling of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented groups in Federal health surveys.

Part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 243 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 317T the following:

“SEC. 317U. Oversampling of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented groups in Federal health surveys.

“(a) National strategy.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Center for Health Statistics (referred to in this section as ‘NCHS’) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services as the Secretary determines appropriate, shall develop and implement an ongoing and sustainable national strategy for oversampling Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders, and other underrepresented populations as determined appropriate by the Secretary in Federal health surveys.

“(2) CONSULTATION.—In developing and implementing a national strategy, as described in paragraph (1), not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the this section, the Secretary—

“(A) shall consult with representatives of community groups, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies working with Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders, and other underrepresented populations; and

“(B) may solicit the participation of representatives from other Federal departments and agencies.

“(b) Progress report.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress a progress report, which shall include the national strategy described in subsection (a)(1).

“(c) Authorization of appropriations.—To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2017 through 2022.”.

SEC. 107. Geo-access study.

The Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shall—

(1) conduct a study to—

(A) determine which geographic areas of the United States have shortages of specialty mental health providers; and

(B) assess the preparedness of speciality mental health providers to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate, affordable, and accessible services; and

(2) submit a report to the Congress on the results of such study.

SEC. 108. Racial, ethnic, and primary language data collected by the Federal Government.

(a) Collection; submission.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and January 31 of each year thereafter, each department, agency, and office of the Federal Government that has collected racial, ethnic, or primary language data during the preceding calendar year shall submit such data to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(b) Analysis; public availability; reporting.—Not later than April 30, 2017, and each April 30 thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, shall—

(1) collect and analyze the racial, ethnic, and primary language data submitted under subsection (a) for the preceding calendar year;

(2) make publicly available such data and the results of such analysis; and

(3) submit a report to the Congress on such data and analysis.

SEC. 109. Data collection and analysis grants to minority-serving institutions.

(a) Authority.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Office of Minority Health, may award grants to access and analyze racial and ethnic, and where possible other health disparity data, to monitor and report on progress to reduce and eliminate disparities in health and health care.

(b) Eligible entity.—In this section, the term “eligible entity” means a historically Black college or university, an Hispanic-serving institution, a tribal college or university, or an Asian-American, Native American, or Pacific Islander-serving institution with an accredited public health, health policy, or health services research program.

SEC. 110. Standards for measuring sexual orientation and gender identity in collection of health data.

Section 3101(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300kk(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(A), by inserting “sexual orientation, gender identity,” before “and disability status”;

(2) in paragraph (1)(C), by inserting “sexual orientation, gender identity,” before “and disability status”; and

(3) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting “sexual orientation, gender identity,” before “and disability status”.

SEC. 111. Standards for measuring socioeconomic status in collection of health data.

Section 3101(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300kk(a)), as amended, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(A), by inserting “socioeconomic status,” before “and disability status”;

(2) in paragraph (1)(C), by inserting “socioeconomic status,” before “and disability status”; and

(3) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting “socioeconomic status,” before “and disability status”.

SEC. 112. Safety and effectiveness of drugs with respect to racial and ethnic background.

(a) In general.—Chapter V of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 351 et seq.) is amended by adding after section 505E the following:

“SEC. 505F. Safety and effectiveness of drugs with respect to racial and ethnic background.

“(a) Preapproval studies.—If there is evidence that there may be a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background as to the safety or effectiveness of a drug, then—

“(1) (A) the investigations required under section 505(b)(1)(A) shall include adequate and well-controlled investigations of the disparity; or

“(B) the evidence required under section 351(a) of the Public Health Service Act for approval of a biologics license application for the drug shall include adequate and well-controlled investigations of the disparity; and

“(2) if the investigations confirm that there is a disparity, the labeling of the drug shall include appropriate information about the disparity.

“(b) Postmarket studies.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—If there is evidence that there may be a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background as to the safety or effectiveness of a drug for which there is an approved application under section 505 or a license under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act, the Secretary may by order require the holder of the approved application or license to conduct, by a date specified by the Secretary, postmarketing studies to investigate the disparity.

“(2) LABELING.—If the Secretary determines that the postmarket studies confirm that there is a disparity described in paragraph (1), the labeling of the drug shall include appropriate information about the disparity.

“(3) STUDY DESIGN.—The Secretary may specify all aspects of study design, including the number of studies and study participants, and the other demographic characteristics of study participants included, in the order requiring postmarket studies of the drug.

“(4) MODIFICATIONS OF STUDY DESIGN.—The Secretary may by order modify any aspect of the study design as necessary after issuing an order under paragraph (1).

“(5) STUDY RESULTS.—The results from studies required under paragraph (1) shall be submitted to the Secretary as supplements to the drug application or biological license application.

“(c) Disparity.—The term ‘evidence that there may be a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background for adult and pediatric populations as to the safety or effectiveness of a drug’ includes—

“(1) evidence that there is a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background as to safety or effectiveness of a drug in the same chemical class as the drug;

“(2) evidence that there is a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background in the way the drug is metabolized; and

“(3) other evidence as the Secretary may determine.

“(d) Applications under sections 505(b)(2) and 505(j).—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—A drug for which an application has been submitted or approved under section 505(j) shall not be considered ineligible for approval under that section or misbranded under section 502 on the basis that the labeling of the drug omits information relating to a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background as to the safety or effectiveness of the drug, whether derived from investigations or studies required under this section or derived from other sources, when the omitted information is protected by patent or by exclusivity under clause (iii) or (iv) of section 505(j)(5)(B).

“(2) LABELING.—Notwithstanding clauses (iii) and (iv) of section 505(j)(5)(B), the Secretary may require that the labeling of a drug approved under section 505(j) that omits information relating to a disparity on the basis of racial or ethnic background as to the safety or effectiveness of the drug include a statement of any appropriate contraindications, warnings, or precautions related to the disparity that the Secretary considers necessary.”.

(b) Enforcement.—Section 502 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 352) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(dd) If it is a drug and the holder of the approved application under section 505 or license under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act for the drug has failed to complete the investigations or studies, or comply with any other requirement, of section 505F.”.

(c) Drug fees.—Section 736(a)(1)(A)(ii) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 379h) is amended by adding after “are required” the following: “, including supplements required under section 505F”.

SEC. 113. Improving health data regarding Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 243 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 317U, as added, the following:

“SEC. 317V. Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander health data.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) COMMUNITY GROUP.—The term ‘community group’ means a group of NHOPI who are organized at the community level, and may include a church group, social service group, national advocacy organization, or cultural group.

“(2) NONPROFIT, NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION.—The term ‘nonprofit, nongovernmental organization’ means a group of NHOPI with a demonstrated history of addressing NHOPI issues, including a NHOPI coalition.

“(3) DESIGNATED ORGANIZATION.—The term ‘designated organization’ means an entity established to represent NHOPI populations and which has statutory responsibilities to provide, or has community support for providing, health care.

“(4) GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.—The term ‘government representatives’ means representatives from Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

“(5) NATIVE HAWAIIANS AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS (NHOPI).—The term ‘Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders’ or ‘NHOPI’ means people having origins in any of the original peoples of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, or any other Pacific island.

“(6) INSULAR AREA.—The term ‘insular area’ means Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, or the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

“(b) National strategy.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Center for Health Statistics (referred to in this section as ‘NCHS’) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services as the Secretary determines appropriate, shall develop and implement an ongoing and sustainable national strategy for identifying and evaluating the health status and health care needs of NHOPI populations living in the continental United States, Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

“(2) CONSULTATION.—In developing and implementing a national strategy, as described in paragraph (1), not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016, the Secretary—

“(A) shall consult with representatives of community groups, designated organizations, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations and with government representatives of NHOPI populations; and

“(B) may solicit the participation of representatives from other Federal departments.

“(c) Preliminary health survey.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of NCHS, shall conduct a preliminary health survey in order to identify the major areas and regions in the continental United States, Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands in which NHOPI people reside.

“(2) CONTENTS.—The health survey described in paragraph (1) shall include health data and any other data the Secretary determines to be—

“(A) useful in determining health status and health care needs; or

“(B) required for developing or implementing a national strategy.

“(3) METHODOLOGY.—Methodology for the health survey described in paragraph (1), including plans for designing questions, implementation, sampling, and analysis, shall be developed in consultation with community groups, designated organizations, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, and government representatives of NHOPI populations, as determined by the Secretary.

“(4) TIMEFRAME.—The survey required under this subsection shall be completed not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016.

“(d) Progress report.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a progress report, which shall include the national strategy described in subsection (b)(1).

“(e) Study and report by the IOM.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall enter into an agreement with the Institute of Medicine to conduct a study, with input from stakeholders in insular areas, on the following:

“(A) The standards and definitions of health care applied to health care systems in insular areas and the appropriateness of such standards and definitions.

“(B) The status and performance of health care systems in insular areas, evaluated based upon standards and definitions, as the Secretary determines.

“(C) The effectiveness of donor aid in addressing health care needs and priorities in insular areas.

“(D) The progress toward implementation of recommendations of the Committee on Health Care Services in the United States—Associated Pacific Basin of the Institute of Medicine that are set forth in the 1998 report, ‘Pacific Partnerships for Health: Charting a New Course for the 21st Century’.

“(2) REPORT.—An agreement described in paragraph (1) shall require the Institute of Medicine to submit to the Secretary and to Congress, not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016, a report containing a description of the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1), including the conclusions and recommendations of the Institute of Medicine for each of the items described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of such paragraph.

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2017 through 2022.”.

SEC. 114. Clarification of simplified administrative reporting requirement.

Section 11(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(5) SIMPLIFIED ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTING REQUIREMENT.—The administrative notification requirement under section 421(e)(2) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1631(e)(2)) shall be satisfied by the submission by an agency of a report on the aggregate number of exceptions granted under such section by such agency in each year.”.

SEC. 201. Definitions.

In this title, the definitions contained in section 3400 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 202, shall apply.

SEC. 202. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:

(1) Effective communication is essential to meaningful access to quality physical and mental health care.

(2) Research indicates that the lack of appropriate language services creates language barriers that result in increased risk of misdiagnosis, ineffective treatment plans and poor health outcomes for limited-English-proficient individuals and individuals with communication disabilities such as hearing, vision, or print impairments.

(3) The number of limited-English-speaking residents in the United States who speak English less than very well and, therefore, cannot effectively communicate with health and social service providers continues to increase significantly.

(4) The responsibility to fund language services in the provision of health care and health-care-related services to limited-English-proficient individuals and individuals with communication disabilities such as hearing, vision, or print impairments is a societal one that cannot fairly be visited solely upon the health care, public health, or social services community.

(5) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on the grounds of race, color, or national origin by any entity receiving Federal financial assistance. In order to avoid discrimination on the grounds of national origin, all programs or activities administered by the Department must take adequate steps to ensure that their policies and procedures do not deny or have the effect of denying limited-English-proficient individuals with equal access to benefits and services for which such persons qualify.

(6) Linguistic diversity in the health care and health-care-related-services workforce is important for providing all patients the environment most conducive to positive health outcomes.

(7) All members of the health care and health-care-related-services community should continue to educate their staff and constituents about limited-English-proficient and disability communication issues and help them identify resources to improve access to quality care for limited-English-proficient individuals and individuals with communication disabilities such as hearing, vision, or print impairments.

(8) Access to English as a second language and sign language instructions is an important mechanism for ensuring effective communication and eliminating the language barriers that impede access to health care.

(9) Competent language services in health care settings should be available as a matter of course.

(b) Amendment.—The Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“TITLE XXXIVCULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE

“SEC. 3400. Definitions.

“In this title:

“(1) BILINGUAL.—The term ‘bilingual’ with respect to an individual means a person who has sufficient degree of proficiency in two languages.

“(2) COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER.—The term ‘community health worker’ includes a community health advocate, a lay health educator, a community health representative, a peer health promoter, a community health outreach worker, and in Spanish, promotores de salud.

“(3) COMPETENT INTERPRETER SERVICES.—The term ‘competent interpreter services’ means a translanguage rendition of a spoken or signed message in which the interpreter—

“(A) comprehends the source language and can communicate comprehensively in the target language to convey the meaning intended in the source language; and

“(B) knows health and health-related terminology and provides accurate interpretations by choosing equivalent expressions that convey the best matching and meaning to the source language and capture, to the greatest possible extent, all nuances intended in the source message.

“(4) COMPETENT TRANSLATION SERVICES.—The term ‘competent translation services’ means a translanguage rendition of a written document in which the translator—

“(A) comprehends the source language and can write or sign comprehensively in the target language to convey the meaning intended in the source language; and

“(B) knows health and health-related terminology and provides accurate translations by choosing equivalent expressions that convey the best matching and meaning to the source language and capture, to the greatest possible extent, all nuances intended in the source document.

“(5) CULTURAL COMPETENCE.—The term ‘cultural competence’ means a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations. In the preceding sentence—

“(A) the term ‘cultural’ refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals, and individuals with physical and mental disabilities; and

“(B) the term ‘competence’ implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers and their communities.

“(6) EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.—The term ‘effective communication’ means an exchange of information between the provider of health care or health-care-related services and the recipient of such services who is limited in English proficiency, or has a communication impairment such as a hearing, vision, speaking, or learning impairment, that enables access, understanding, and benefit from health care or health-care-related services, and full participation in the development of their treatment plan.

“(7) GRIEVANCE RESOLUTION PROCESS.—The term ‘grievance resolution process’ means all aspects of dispute resolution including filing complaints, grievance and appeal procedures, and court action.

“(8) HEALTH CARE GROUP.—The term ‘health care group’ means a group of physicians organized, at least in part, for the purposes of providing physicians’ services under the Medicaid, SCHIP, or Medicare programs and may include a hospital and any other individual or entity furnishing services covered under the Medicaid, SCHIP, or Medicare programs that is affiliated with the health care group.

“(9) HEALTHCARE SERVICES.—The term ‘health care services’ means services that address physical as well as mental health conditions in all care settings.

“(10) HEALTH-CARE-RELATED SERVICES.—The term ‘health-care-related services’ means human or social services programs or activities that provide access, referrals or links to health care.

“(11) INDIAN TRIBE.—The term ‘Indian tribe’ means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

“(12) INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM.—The term ‘integrated health care delivery system’ means an interdisciplinary system that brings together providers from the primary health, mental health, substance use and related disciplines to improve the health outcomes of an individual. Providers may include but are not limited to hospitals, health, mental health or substance use clinics and providers, home health agencies, ambulatory surgery centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, and employed, independent, or contracted physicians.

“(13) INTERPRETING/INTERPRETATION.—The terms ‘interpreting’ and ‘interpretation’ mean the transmission of a spoken, written, or signed message from one language or format into another, faithfully, accurately, and objectively.

“(14) LANGUAGE ACCESS.—The term ‘language access’ means the provision of language services to an LEP individual or individual with communication disabilities designed to enhance that individual’s access to, understanding of, or benefit from health care or health-care-related services.

“(15) LANGUAGE OR LANGUAGE ACCESS SERVICES.—The term ‘language or language access services’ means provision of health care services directly in a non-English language, interpretation, translation, signage, video recording, and English or non-English alternative formats.

“(16) LEP.—The term ‘LEP’ means limited-English-proficient.

“(17) MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AND SCHIP.—The terms ‘Medicare’, ‘Medicaid’, and ‘SCHIP’ mean the respective programs under titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act.

“(18) MINORITY.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The terms ‘minority’ and ‘minorities’ refer to individuals from a minority group.

“(B) POPULATIONS.—The term ‘minority’, with respect to populations, refers to racial and ethnic minority groups.

“(19) MINORITY GROUP.—The term ‘minority group’ has the meaning given the term ‘racial and ethnic minority group’.

“(20) RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITY GROUP.—The term ‘racial and ethnic minority group’ means American Indians and Alaska Natives, African-Americans (including Caribbean Blacks, Africans, and other Blacks), Asian-Americans, Hispanics (including Latinos), and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

“(21) ONSITE INTERPRETATION.—The term ‘onsite interpretation’ means a method of interpreting or interpretation for which the interpreter is in the physical presence of the provider of health care or health-care-related services and the recipient of such services who is limited in English proficiency or has a communication impairment such as hearing, vision, or learning.

“(22) SECRETARY.—The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“(23) SIGHT TRANSLATION.—The term ‘sight translation’ means the transmission of a written message in one language into a spoken or signed message in another language, or an alternative format in English or another language.

“(24) STATE.—The term ‘State’ means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Indian tribes, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

“(25) TELEPHONIC INTERPRETATION.—The term ‘telephonic interpretation’ (also known as over the phone interpretation or OPI) means a method of interpreting/interpretation for which the interpreter is not in the physical presence of the provider of health care or related services and the limited-English-proficient recipient of such services but is connected via telephone.

“(26) TRANSLATION.—The term ‘translation’ means the transmission of a written message in one language into a written or signed message in another language, and includes translation into another language or alternative format, such as large print font, Braille, audio recording, or CD.

“(27) VIDEO INTERPRETATION.—The term ‘video interpretation’ means a method of interpreting/interpretation for which the interpreter is not in the physical presence of the provider of health care or related services and the limited-English-proficient recipient of such services but is connected via a video hook-up that includes both audio and video transmission.

“(28) VITAL DOCUMENT.—The term ‘vital document’ includes but is not limited to applications for government programs that provide health care services, medical or financial consent forms, financial assistance documents, letters containing important information regarding patient instructions (such as prescriptions, referrals to other providers, and discharge plans) and participation in a program (such as a Medicaid managed care program), notices pertaining to the reduction, denial, or termination of services or benefits, notices of the right to appeal such actions, and notices advising limited-English-proficient individuals and individuals with communication disabilities of the availability of free language services, alternative formats, and other outreach materials.

“SEC. 3401. Improving access to services for individuals with limited English proficiency.

“(a) Purpose.—As provided in Executive Order 13166, it is the purpose of this section—

“(1) to improve Federal agency performance regarding access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs and activities for individuals who are limited in their English proficiency;

“(2) to require each Federal agency to examine the services it provides and develop and implement a system by which limited-English-proficient individuals can obtain cultural competence and meaningful access to those services consistent with, and without substantially burdening, the fundamental mission of the agency;

“(3) to require each Federal agency to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance provide cultural competence and meaningful access to their limited-English-proficient applicants and beneficiaries;

“(4) to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance take reasonable steps, consistent with the guidelines set forth in the Limited English Proficient Guidance of the Department of Justice (as issued on June 12, 2002), to ensure cultural competence and meaningful access to their programs and activities by limited-English-proficient individuals; and

“(5) to ensure compliance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that health care providers and organizations do not discriminate in the provision of services.

“(b) Federally conducted programs and activities.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this title, each Federal agency that carries out health-care-related activities shall prepare a plan to improve access cultural competence to the federally conducted, health-care-related programs and activities of the agency by limited-English-proficient individuals. Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this title, each such Federal agency shall ensure that such plan is fully implemented.

“(2) PLAN REQUIREMENT.—Each plan under paragraph (1) shall include—

“(A) the steps the agency will take to ensure that limited-English-proficient individuals have access to the agency’s federally conducted health care and health-care-related programs and activities;

“(B) the policies and procedures for identifying, assessing, and meeting the language needs and cultural competence needs of its limited-English-proficient beneficiaries served by federally conducted programs and activities;

“(C) the steps the agency will take for its federally conducted programs and activities to improve cultural competence to provide a range of language assistance options, notice to limited-English-proficient individuals of the right to competent language services, periodic training of staff, monitoring and quality assessment of the language services and, in appropriate circumstances, the translation of written materials;

“(D) the steps the agency will take to ensure that applications, forms, and other relevant documents for its federally conducted programs and activities are competently translated into the primary language of a limited-English-proficient client where such materials are needed to improve access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs and activities for such a limited-English-proficient individual;

“(E) the resources the agency will provide to improve cultural competence to assist recipients of Federal funds to improve access to health care or health-care-related programs and activities for limited-English-proficient individuals;

“(F) the resources the agency will provide to ensure that competent language assistance is provided to limited-English-proficient patients by interpreters or trained bilingual staff; and

“(G) the resources the agency will provide to ensure that family, particularly minor children, and friends are not used to provide interpretation services, except—

“(i) in the case of a medical emergency where delay directly associated with obtaining a competent interpreter would jeopardize the health of the patient; or

“(ii) on request of the patient, who has been informed in his or her preferred language of the availability of free interpretation services, if the health care services provider has determined that the family or friend can provide competent interpreter services as defined in section 3400.

“(3) SUBMISSION OF PLAN TO DOJ.—Each agency that is required to prepare a plan under paragraph (1) shall send a copy of such plan to the Department of Justice, which shall serve as the central repository of such plans.

“(4) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Paragraph (2)(G)(i) shall not be construed to mean that emergency rooms or similar entities that regularly provide health care services in medical emergencies are exempt from legal or regulatory requirements related to competent interpreter services.

“(c) Federally assisted programs and activities.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this title, each Federal agency providing health-care-related Federal financial assistance shall ensure that the guidance for recipients of Federal financial assistance developed by the agency to ensure compliance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.) is specifically tailored to the recipients of such assistance. Each agency shall send a copy of such guidance to the Department of Justice which shall serve as the central repository of the agency’s plans. After approval by the Department of Justice, each agency shall publish its guidance document in the Federal Register for public comment.

“(2) REQUIREMENTS.—The agency-specific guidance developed under paragraph (1) shall take into account the types of health care services provided by the recipients, the individuals served by the recipients, and other factors set out in such standards.

“(3) EXISTING GUIDANCES.—A Federal agency that has developed a guidance for purposes of title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shall examine such existing guidance, as well as the programs and activities to which such guidance applies, to determine if modification of such guidance is necessary to comply with this subsection.

“(4) CONSULTATION.—Each Federal agency shall consult with the Department of Justice in establishing the guidances under this subsection.

“(d) Consultations.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—In carrying out this section, each Federal agency that carriers out health care and health-care-related activities shall ensure that stakeholders, such as limited-English-proficient individuals and their representative organizations, recipients of Federal assistance, and other appropriate individuals or entities, have an adequate opportunity to provide input with respect to the actions of the agency.

“(2) EVALUATION.—Each Federal agency described in paragraph (1) shall evaluate the—

“(A) particular needs of the limited-English-proficient individuals served by the agency;

“(B) particular needs of the limited-English-proficient individuals served by the agency’s recipients of Federal financial assistance; and

“(C) burdens of compliance with the agency guidance and this section for the agency and its recipients.

“SEC. 3402. National standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health care.

“(a) Applicability.—This section applies to any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving Federal financial assistance, including credits, subsidies, or contracts of insurance, or any program or activity that is administered by an executive agency or any entity established under title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or amendments made thereby), as such programs, activities, agencies, and entities are described in section 1557(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“(b) Standards.—The programs, activities, agencies, and entities described in subsection (a) shall—

“(1) implement strategies to recruit, retain, and promote individuals at all levels to maintain a diverse staff and leadership that can provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health care to patient populations of the service area of the programs, activities, agencies, and entities;

“(2) educate and train governance, leadership, and workforce at all levels and across all disciplines of the programs, activities, agencies, and entities in culturally and linguistically appropriate policies and practices on an ongoing basis;

“(3) offer and provide language assistance, including trained bilingual staff and interpreter services, to individuals who have limited-English proficiency or other communication needs, at no cost to them at all points of contact, and during all hours of operation, to facilitate timely access to all health care and services;

“(4) notify patients, in a culturally appropriate manner, of their right to receive language assistance services in their primary language, verbally and in writing;

“(5) ensure the competence of language assistance provided to limited-English-proficient patients by interpreters and bilingual staff, and ensure that family, particularly minor children, and friends are not used to provide interpretation services—

“(A) except in case of emergency; or

“(B) except on request of the patient, who has been informed in his or her preferred language of the availability of free interpretation services if the health care services provider has determined that the family or friend can provide competent interpreter services as defined in section 3400;

“(6) for each eligible LEP language group that constitutes 5 percent or 500 individuals, whichever is less, of the population of persons eligible to be served or likely to be affected or encountered in the service area of the organization, make available—

“(A) easily understood patient-related materials, including print and multimedia materials;

“(B) information or notices about termination of benefits; and

“(C) signage;

“(7) develop and implement clear goals, policies, operational plans, and management, accountability, and oversight mechanisms to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and infuse them throughout the organization’s planning and operations;

“(8) conduct initial and ongoing organizational assessments of culturally and linguistically appropriate services-related activities and integrate valid linguistic, competence-related National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) measures into the internal audits, performance improvement programs, patient satisfaction assessments, continuous quality improvement activities, and outcomes-based evaluations of the organization and develop ways to standardize the assessments;

“(9) ensure that, consistent with the privacy protections provided for under the regulations promulgated under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, data on an individual required to be collected pursuant to section 3101, including the individual’s alternative format preferences and policy modification needs, are—

“(A) collected in health records;

“(B) integrated into the organization’s management information systems; and

“(C) periodically updated;

“(10) maintain a current demographic, cultural, and epidemiological profile of the community, conduct regular assessments of community health assets and needs, and use the results to accurately plan for and implement services that respond to the cultural and linguistic characteristics of the service area of the organization;

“(11) develop participatory, collaborative partnerships with communities and utilize a variety of formal and informal mechanisms to facilitate community and patient involvement in designing, implementing, and evaluating policies and practices to ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate service-related activities;

“(12) ensure that conflict and grievance resolution processes are culturally and linguistically sensitive and capable of identifying, preventing, and resolving cross-cultural conflicts or complaints by patients;

“(13) regularly make available to the public information about their progress and successful innovations in implementing the standards under this section and provide public notice in their communities about the availability of this information; and

“(14) if requested, regularly make available to the head of each Federal entity from which Federal funds are received, information about their progress and successful innovations in implementing the standards under this section as required by the head of such entity.

“SEC. 3403. Robert T. Matsui Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Care.

“(a) Establishment.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, shall establish and support a center to be known as the ‘Robert T. Matsui Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Care’ (referred to in this section as the ‘Center’) to carry out the following activities:

“(1) INTERPRETATION SERVICES.—The Center shall provide resources via the Internet to identify and link health care providers to competent interpreter and translation services.

“(2) TRANSLATION OF WRITTEN MATERIAL.—

“(A) The Center shall provide, directly or through contract, vital documents from competent translation services for providers of health care and health-care-related services at no cost to such providers. Materials may be submitted for translation into non-English languages. Translation services shall be provided in a timely and reasonable manner. The quality of such translation services shall be monitored and reported publicly.

“(B) For each form developed or revised by the Secretary that will be used by LEP individuals in health care or health-care-related settings, the Center shall translate the form, at a minimum, into the top 15 non-English languages in the United States according to the most recent data from the American Community Survey or its replacement. The translation must be completed within 45 days of the Secretary receiving final approval of the form from the Office of Management and Budget.

“(3) TOLL-FREE CUSTOMER SERVICE TELEPHONE NUMBER.—The Center shall provide, through a toll-free number, a customer service line for LEP individuals—

“(A) to obtain information about federally conducted or funded health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP;

“(B) to obtain assistance with applying for or accessing these programs and understanding Federal notices written in English; and

“(C) to learn how to access language services.

“(4) HEALTH INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The Center shall develop and maintain an information clearinghouse to facilitate the provision of language services by providers of health care and health-care-related services to reduce medical errors, improve medical outcomes, to improve cultural competence, reduce health care costs caused by miscommunication with individuals with limited-English proficiency, and reduce or eliminate the duplication of effort to translate materials. The clearinghouse shall make such information available on the Internet and in print. Such information shall include the information described in the succeeding provisions of this paragraph.

“(B) DOCUMENT TEMPLATES.—The Center shall collect and evaluate for accuracy, develop, and make available templates for standard documents that are necessary for patients and consumers to access and make educated decisions about their health care, including the following:

“(i) Administrative and legal documents, including—

“(I) intake forms;

“(II) Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP forms, including eligibility information;

“(III) forms informing patient of HIPAA compliance and consent; and

“(IV) documents concerning informed consent, advanced directives, and waivers of rights.

“(ii) Clinical information, such as how to take medications, how to prevent transmission of a contagious disease, and other prevention and treatment instructions.

“(iii) Public health, patient education, and outreach materials, such as immunization notices, health warnings, or screening notices.

“(iv) Additional health or health-care-related materials as determined appropriate by the Director of the Center.

“(C) STRUCTURE OF FORMS.—In operating the clearinghouse, the Center shall—

“(i) ensure that the documents posted in English and non-English languages are culturally appropriate;

“(ii) allow public review of the documents before dissemination in order to ensure that the documents are understandable and culturally appropriate for the target populations;

“(iii) allow health care providers to customize the documents for their use;

“(iv) facilitate access to these documents;

“(v) provide technical assistance with respect to the access and use of such information; and

“(vi) carry out any other activities the Secretary determines to be useful to fulfill the purposes of the clearinghouse.

“(D) LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.—The Center shall provide for the collection and dissemination of information on current examples of language assistance programs and strategies to improve language services for LEP individuals, including case studies using de-identified patient information, program summaries, and program evaluations.

“(E) CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC COMPETENCE MATERIALS.—The Center shall provide information relating to culturally and linguistically competent health care for minority populations residing in the United States to all health care providers and health-care-related services at no cost. Such information shall include—

“(i) tenets of culturally and linguistically competent care;

“(ii) cultural and linguistic competence self-assessment tools;

“(iii) cultural and linguistic competence training tools;

“(iv) strategic plans to increase cultural and linguistic competence in different types of providers of health care and health-care-related services, including regional collaborations among health care organizations; and

“(v) cultural and linguistic competence information for educators, practitioners, and researchers.

“(F) INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRESS.—The Center shall regularly collect and make publicly available information about the progress of entities receiving grants under section 3404 regarding successful innovations in implementing the obligations under this subsection and provide public notice in the entities’ communities about the availability of this information.

“(b) Director.—The Center shall be headed by a Director who shall be appointed by, and who shall report to, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

“(c) Availability of language access.—The Director shall collaborate with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration to notify health care providers and health care organizations about the availability of language access services by the Center.

“(d) Education.—The Secretary, directly or through contract, shall undertake a national education campaign to inform providers, LEP individuals, health professionals, graduate schools, and community health centers about—

“(1) Federal and State laws and guidelines governing access to language services;

“(2) the value of using trained interpreters and the risks associated with using family members, friends, minors, and untrained bilingual staff;

“(3) funding sources for developing and implementing language services; and

“(4) promising practices to effectively provide language services.

“(e) Authorization of appropriations.—In addition to the amounts authorized under subsection (e)(8)(F), there are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

“SEC. 3404. Innovations in cultural and linguistic competence grants.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, shall award grants to eligible entities to enable such entities to design, implement, and evaluate innovative, cost-effective programs to improve cultural competence and language access in health care for individuals with limited-English proficiency. The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shall coordinate with, and ensure the participation of, other agencies including the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Minority Health, regarding the design and evaluation of the grants program.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a) an entity shall—

“(1) be—

“(A) a city, county, Indian tribe, State, territory, or subdivision thereof;

“(B) an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code;

“(C) a community health, mental health, or substance use center or clinic;

“(D) a solo or group physician practice;

“(E) an integrated health care delivery system;

“(F) a public hospital;

“(G) a health care group, university, or college; or

“(H) other entity designated by the Secretary; and

“(2) prepare and submit to the Secretary an application, at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such additional information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—An entity shall use funds received under a grant under this section to—

“(1) develop, implement, and evaluate models of providing competent interpretation services through onsite interpretation, telephonic interpretation, or video interpretation;

“(2) implement strategies to recruit, retain, and promote individuals at all levels of the organization to maintain a diverse staff and leadership that can promote and provide language services to patient populations of the service area of the organization;

“(3) develop and maintain a needs assessment that identifies the current demographic, cultural, and epidemiological profile of the community to accurately plan for and implement language services needed in service area of the organization;

“(4) develop a strategic plan to implement language services;

“(5) develop participatory, collaborative partnerships with communities encompassing the LEP patient populations being served to gain input in designing and implementing language services;

“(6) develop and implement grievance resolution processes that are culturally and linguistically sensitive and capable of identifying, preventing, and resolving complaints by LEP individuals;

“(7) develop short-term medical mental health interpretation training courses and incentives for bilingual health care staff who are asked to interpret in the workplace;

“(8) develop formal training programs, including continued professional development and education programs as well as supervision, for individuals interested in becoming dedicated health care interpreters and culturally competent providers;

“(9) provide staff language training instruction, which shall include information on the practical limitations of such instruction for non-native speakers;

“(10) develop policies that address compensation in salary for staff who receive training to become either a staff interpreter or bilingual provider;

“(11) develop other language assistance services as determined appropriate by the Secretary;

“(12) develop, implement, and evaluate models of improving cultural competence, including cultural competence programs for community health workers; and

“(13) ensure that, consistent with the privacy protections provided for under the regulations promulgated under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2 note) and any applicable State privacy laws, data on the individual patient or recipient’s race, ethnicity, and primary language are collected (and periodically updated) in health records and integrated into the organization’s information management systems or any similar system used to store and retrieve data.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to entities that primarily engage in providing direct care and that have developed partnerships with community organizations or with agencies with experience in improving language access.

“(e) Evaluation.—

“(1) BY GRANTEES.—An entity that receives a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an evaluation that describes, in the manner and to the extent required by the Secretary, the activities carried out with funds received under the grant, and how such activities improved access to health and health-care-related services and the quality of health care for individuals with limited-English proficiency. Such evaluation shall be collected and disseminated through the Robert T. Matsui Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Care established under section 3403. The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shall notify grantees of the availability of technical assistance for the evaluation and provide such assistance upon request.

“(2) BY SECRETARY.—The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shall evaluate or arrange with other individuals or organizations to evaluate projects funded under this section.

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

“SEC. 3405. Research on cultural and language competence.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, shall expand research concerning language access in the provision of health care.

“(b) Eligibility.—The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may conduct the research described in subsection (a) or enter into contracts with other individuals or organizations to do so.

“(c) Use of funds.—Research under this section shall be designed to do one or more of the following:

“(1) To identify the barriers to mental and behavioral services that are faced by LEP individuals.

“(2) To identify health care providers’ and health administrators’ attitudes, knowledge, and awareness of the barriers to quality health care services that are faced by LEP individuals.

“(3) To identify optimal approaches for delivering language access.

“(4) To identify best practices for data collection, including—

“(A) the collection by providers of health care and health-care-related services of data on the race, ethnicity, and primary language of recipients of such services, taking into account existing research conducted by the Government or private sector;

“(B) the development and implementation of data collection and reporting systems; and

“(C) effective privacy safeguards for collected data.

“(5) To develop a minimum data collection set for primary language.

“(6) To evaluate the most effective ways in which the Department can create or coordinate, and then subsidize or otherwise fund telephonic interpretation providers for health care providers, taking into consideration, among other factors, the flexibility necessary for such a system to accommodate variations in—

“(A) provider type;

“(B) languages needed and their frequency of use;

“(C) type of encounter;

“(D) time of encounter, including regular business hours and after hours; and

“(E) location of encounter.

“(d) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.”.

SEC. 203. Pilot program for improvement and development of State medical interpreting services.

(a) Grants authorized.—The Secretary shall award one grant in accordance with this section to each of three States to assist each such State in designing, implementing, and evaluating a statewide program to provide onsite interpreter services under Medicaid.

(b) Grant period.—A grant awarded under this section is authorized for a period of three fiscal years beginning on October 1, 2016.

(c) Preference.—In awarding a grant under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to a State—

(1) that has a high proportion of qualified LEP enrollees, as determined by the Secretary;

(2) that has a large number of qualified LEP enrollees, as determined by the Secretary;

(3) that has a high growth rate of the population of LEP individuals, as determined by the Secretary; and

(4) that has a population of qualified LEP enrollees that is linguistically diverse, requiring interpreter services in at least 200 non-English languages.

(d) Use of funds.—A State receiving a grant under this section shall use the grant funds to—

(1) ensure that all health care providers in the State participating in the State plan under Medicaid have access to onsite interpreter services, for the purpose of enabling effective communication between such providers and qualified LEP enrollees during the furnishing of items and services and administrative interactions;

(2) establish, expand, procure, or contract for—

(A) a statewide health care information technology system that is designed to achieve efficiencies and economies of scale with respect to onsite interpreter services provided to health care providers in the State participating in the State plan under Medicaid; and

(B) an entity to administer such system, the duties of which shall include—

(i) procuring and scheduling interpreter services for qualified LEP enrollees;

(ii) procuring and scheduling interpreter services for LEP individuals seeking to enroll in the State plan under Medicaid;

(iii) ensuring that interpreters receive payment for interpreter services rendered under the system; and

(iv) consulting regularly with organizations representing consumers, interpreters, and health care providers; and

(3) develop mechanisms to establish, improve, and strengthen the competency of the medical interpretation workforce that serves qualified LEP enrollees in the State, including a national certification process that is valid, credible, and vendor-neutral.

(e) Application.—To receive a grant under this section, a State shall submit an application at such time and containing such information as the Secretary may require, which shall include the following:

(1) A description of the language access needs of individuals in the State enrolled in the State plan under Medicaid.

(2) A description of the extent to which the program will—

(A) use the grant funds for the purposes described in subsection (d);

(B) meet the health care needs of rural populations of the State; and

(C) collect information that accurately tracks the language services requested by consumers as compared to the language services provided by health care providers in the State participating in the State plan under Medicaid.

(3) A description of how the program will be evaluated, including a proposal for collaboration with organizations representing interpreters, consumers, and LEP individuals.

(f) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) QUALIFIED LEP ENROLLEE.—The term “qualified LEP enrollee” means an individual—

(A) who is limited-English-proficient; and

(B) who is enrolled in a State plan under Medicaid.

(2) STATE.—The term “State” has the meaning given the term in section 1101(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1301(a)(1)), for purposes of title XIX of such Act.

(3) UNITED STATES.—The term “United States” has the meaning given the term in section 1101(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1301(a)(2)), for purposes of title XIX of such Act.

(g) Funding.—

(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 to carry out this section.

(2) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.—The funds authorized by paragraph (1) shall be available without fiscal year limitation.

(3) INCREASED FEDERAL FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION.—Section 1903(a)(2)(E) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(a)(2)(E)), as amended by section 205(d)(1) of this Act, is further amended by inserting “(or, in the case of a State receiving a grant under section 203 of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016, 100 percent for each quarter occurring during the grant period)” after “90 percent”.

(h) Limitation.—No Federal funds under this section may be used to provide interpreter services from a location outside the United States.

SEC. 204. Training tomorrow’s doctors for culturally and linguistically appropriate care: graduate medical education.

(a) Direct graduate medical education.—Section 1886(h)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(h)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(L) TREATMENT OF CULTURALLY COMPETENCY TRAINING.—In determining a hospital’s number of full-time equivalent residents for purposes of this subsection, all the time that is spent by an intern or resident in an approved medical residency training program for education and training in cultural competency and linguistically appropriate service delivery shall be counted toward the determination of full-time equivalency.”.

(b) Indirect medical education.—Section 1886(d)(5)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(B)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating the clause (x) added by section 5505(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as clause (xi); and

(2) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(xii) The provisions of subparagraph (L) of subsection (h)(4) shall apply under this subparagraph in the same manner as they apply under such subsection.”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall apply with respect to payments made to hospitals on or after the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 205. Federal reimbursement for culturally and linguistically appropriate services under the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

(a) Language Access grants for Medicare Providers.—

(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and in consultation with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, shall establish a demonstration program under which the Secretary shall award grants to eligible Medicare service providers to improve communication between such providers and Medicare beneficiaries who are English learners, including beneficiaries who live in diverse and underserved communities.

(B) APPLICATION OF INNOVATION RULES.—The demonstration project under subparagraph (A) shall be conducted in a manner that is consistent with the applicable provisions of subsections (b), (c), and (d) of section 1115A of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1315a).

(C) NUMBER OF GRANTS.—To the extent practicable, the Secretary shall award not less than 24 grants under this subsection.

(D) GRANT PERIOD.—Except as provided under paragraph (2)(D), each grant awarded under this subsection shall be for a 3-year period.

(2) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.—To be eligible for a grant under this subsection, an entity must meet the following requirements:

(A) MEDICARE PROVIDER.—The entity must be—

(i) a provider of services under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act;

(ii) a provider of services under part B of such title;

(iii) a Medicare Advantage organization offering a Medicare Advantage plan under part C of such title; or

(iv) a PDP sponsor offering a prescription drug plan under part D of such title.

(B) UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.—The entity must serve a community that, with respect to necessary language services for improving access and utilization of health care among English learners, is disproportionally underserved.

(C) APPLICATION.—The entity must prepare and submit to the Secretary an application, at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such additional information as the Secretary may require.

(D) REPORTING.—In the case of a grantee that received a grant under this subsection in a previous year, such grantee is only eligible for continued payments under a grant under this subsection if the grantee met the reporting requirements under paragraph (9) for such year. If a grantee fails to meet the requirement of such paragraph for the first year of a grant, the Secretary may terminate the grant and solicit applications from new grantees to participate in the demonstration program.

(3) DISTRIBUTION.—To the extent feasible, the Secretary shall award—

(A) at least 6 grants to providers of services described in paragraph (2)(A)(i);

(B) at least 6 grants to service providers described in paragraph (2)(A)(ii);

(C) at least 6 grants to organizations described in paragraph (2)(A)(iii); and

(D) at least 6 grants to sponsors described in paragraph (2)(A)(iv).

(4) CONSIDERATIONS IN AWARDING GRANTS.—

(A) VARIATION IN GRANTEES.—In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall select grantees to ensure the following:

(i) The grantees provide many different types of language services.

(ii) The grantees serve Medicare beneficiaries who speak different languages, and who, as a population, have differing needs for language services.

(iii) The grantees serve Medicare beneficiaries in both urban and rural settings.

(iv) The grantees serve Medicare beneficiaries in at least two geographic regions, as defined by the Secretary.

(v) The grantees serve Medicare beneficiaries in at least two large metropolitan statistical areas with racial, ethnic, and economically diverse populations.

(B) PRIORITY FOR PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES.—In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities that have a partnership with—

(i) a community organization; or

(ii) a consortia of community organizations, State agencies, and local agencies,

that has experience in providing language services.

(5) USE OF FUNDS FOR COMPETENT LANGUAGE SERVICES.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph (E), a grantee may only use grant funds received under this subsection to pay for the provision of competent language services to Medicare beneficiaries who are English learners.

(B) COMPETENT LANGUAGE SERVICES DEFINED.—For purposes of this subsection, the term “competent language services” means—

(i) interpreter and translation services that—

(I) subject to the exceptions under subparagraph (C)

(aa) if the grantee operates in a State that has statewide health care interpreter standards, meet the State standards currently in effect; or

(bb) if the grantee operates in a State that does not have statewide health care interpreter standards, utilizes competent interpreters who follow the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice; and

(II) that, in the case of interpreter services, are provided through—

(aa) onsite interpretation;

(bb) telephonic interpretation; or

(cc) video interpretation; and

(ii) the direct provision of health care or health-care-related services by a competent bilingual health care provider.

(C) EXCEPTIONS.—The requirements of subparagraph (B)(i)(I) do not apply, with respect to interpreter and translation services and a grantee—

(i) in the case of a Medicare beneficiary who is an English learner if—

(I) such beneficiary has been informed, in the beneficiary’s primary language, of the availability of free interpreter and translation services and the beneficiary instead requests that a family member, friend, or other person provide such services; and

(II) the grantee documents such request in the beneficiary’s medical record; or

(ii) in the case of a medical emergency where the delay directly associated with obtaining a competent interpreter or translation services would jeopardize the health of the patient.

Clause (ii) shall not be construed to exempt emergency rooms or similar entities that regularly provide health care services in medical emergencies to patients who are English learners from any applicable legal or regulatory requirements related to providing competent interpreter and translation services without undue delay.

(D) MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ORGANIZATIONS AND PDP SPONSORS.—If a grantee is a Medicare Advantage organization offering a Medicare Advantage plan under part C of title XVIII of the Social Security Act or a PDP sponsor offering a prescription drug plan under part D of such title, such entity must provide at least 50 percent of the grant funds that the entity receives under this subsection directly to the entity’s network providers (including all health providers and pharmacists) for the purpose of providing support for such providers to provide competent language services to Medicare beneficiaries who are English learners.

(E) ADMINISTRATIVE AND REPORTING COSTS.—A grantee may use up to 10 percent of the grant funds to pay for administrative costs associated with the provision of competent language services and for reporting required under paragraph (9).

(6) DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT OF GRANT PAYMENTS.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Payments to grantees under this subsection shall be calculated based on the estimated numbers of Medicare beneficiaries who are English learners in a grantee’s service area utilizing—

(i) data on the numbers of English learners who speak English less than “very well” from the most recently available data from the Bureau of the Census or other State-based study the Secretary determines likely to yield accurate data regarding the number of such individuals in such service area; or

(ii) data provided by the grantee, if the grantee routinely collects data on the primary language of the Medicare beneficiaries that the grantee serves and the Secretary determines that the data is accurate and shows a greater number of English learners than would be estimated using the data under clause (i).

(B) DISCRETION OF SECRETARY.—Subject to subparagraph (C), the amount of payment made to a grantee under this subsection may be modified annually at the discretion of the Secretary, based on changes in the data under subparagraph (A) with respect to the service area of a grantee for the year.

(C) LIMITATION ON AMOUNT.—The amount of a grant made under this subsection to a grantee may not exceed $500,000 for the period under paragraph (1)(D).

(7) ASSURANCES.—Grantees under this subsection shall, as a condition of receiving a grant under this subsection—

(A) ensure that clinical and support staff receive appropriate ongoing education and training in linguistically appropriate service delivery;

(B) ensure the linguistic competence of bilingual providers;

(C) offer and provide appropriate language services at no additional charge to each patient who is an English learner for all points of contact between the patient and the grantee, in a timely manner during all hours of operation;

(D) notify Medicare beneficiaries of their right to receive language services in their primary language;

(E) post signage in the primary languages commonly used by the patient population in the service area of the organization; and

(F) ensure that—

(i) primary language data are collected for recipients of language services and such data are consistent with standards developed under title XXXIV of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 202 of this Act, to the extent such standards are available upon the initiation of the demonstration program; and

(ii) consistent with the privacy protections provided under the regulations promulgated pursuant to section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2 note), if the recipient of language services is a minor or is incapacitated, primary language data are collected on the parent or legal guardian of such recipient.

(8) NO COST-SHARING.—Medicare beneficiaries who are English learners shall not have to pay cost-sharing or co-payments for competent language services provided under this demonstration program.

(9) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTEES.—Not later than the end of each calendar year, a grantee that receives funds under this subsection in such year shall submit to the Secretary a report that includes the following information:

(A) The number of Medicare beneficiaries to whom competent language services are provided.

(B) The primary languages of those Medicare beneficiaries.

(C) The types of language services provided to such beneficiaries.

(D) Whether such language services were provided by employees of the grantee or through a contract with external contractors or agencies.

(E) The types of interpretation services provided to such beneficiaries, and the approximate length of time such service is provided to such beneficiaries.

(F) The costs of providing competent language services.

(G) An account of the training or accreditation of bilingual staff, interpreters, and translators providing services funded by the grant under this subsection.

(10) EVALUATION AND REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 1 year after the completion of a 3-year grant under this subsection, the Secretary shall conduct an evaluation of the demonstration program under this subsection and shall submit to the Congress a report that includes the following:

(A) An analysis of the patient outcomes and the costs of furnishing care to the Medicare beneficiaries who are English learners participating in the project as compared to such outcomes and costs for such Medicare beneficiaries not participating, based on the data provided under paragraph (9) and any other information available to the Secretary.

(B) The effect of delivering language services on—

(i) Medicare beneficiary access to care and utilization of services;

(ii) the efficiency and cost effectiveness of health care delivery;

(iii) patient satisfaction;

(iv) health outcomes; and

(v) the provision of culturally appropriate services provided to such beneficiaries.

(C) The extent to which bilingual staff, interpreters, and translators providing services under such demonstration were trained or accredited and the nature of accreditation or training needed by type of provider, service, or other category as determined by the Secretary to ensure the provision of high-quality interpretation, translation, or other language services to Medicare beneficiaries if such services are expanded pursuant to subsection (c) of section 1907 of this Act.

(D) Recommendations, if any, regarding the extension of such project to the entire Medicare program, subject to the provisions of section 1115A(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1315a(c)).

(11) APPROPRIATIONS.—There is appropriated to carry out this subsection, in equal parts from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund under section 1817 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i) and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund under section 1841 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395t), $16,000,000 for each fiscal year of the demonstration program.

(12) ENGLISH LEARNER DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term “English learner” has the meaning given such term in section 8101(20) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, except that subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D) of such section shall not apply.

(b) Language services under the Medicare program.—

(1) INCLUSION AS RURAL HEALTH CLINIC SERVICES.—Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) is amended—

(A) in subsection (aa)(1)—

(i) in subparagraph (B), by striking the “and” at the end;

(ii) by adding “and” at the end of subparagraph (C); and

(iii) by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following new subparagraph:

“(D) language services as defined in subsection (iii)(1),”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“Language Services And Related Terms

“(iii)

“(1) The term ‘language services’ has the same meaning given the term ‘language or language access services’ in section 3400 of the Public Health Service Act.

“(2) The term ‘interpreter services’ has the meaning given the term ‘competent interpreter services’ in section 3400(3) of the Public Health Service Act.

“(3) The term ‘interpreter’—

“(A) means an individual—

“(i) who faithfully, accurately, and objectively transmits a spoken message from one language into another language; and

“(ii) who knows health and health-related terminology in both languages; and

“(B) includes individuals who provide in-person, telephonic, and video interpretation.

“(4) The term ‘translation’ means the transmission of a written message in one language into a written message in another language that retains the intended meaning of the original message.

“(5) The term ‘English learner’ has the meaning given such term in section 8101(20) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, except that subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D) of such section shall not apply.”.

(2) COVERAGE.—Section 1832(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395k(a)(2)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (I);

(B) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (J) and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(K) language services (as defined in paragraph (1) of section 1861(iii)) furnished by an interpreter (as defined in paragraph (3) of such section) or translator.”.

(3) PAYMENT.—Section 1833(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of paragraph (8);

(B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (9) and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by inserting after paragraph (9) the following new paragraph:

“(10) in the case of language services described in section 1861(iii)(1), 100 percent of the reasonable charges for such services, as determined in consultation with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; and”.

(4) WAIVER OF BUDGET NEUTRALITY.—For the 3-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this section, the budget neutrality provision of section 1848(c)(2)(B)(ii) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(c)(2)(B)(ii)) shall not apply with respect to language services (as such term is defined in section 1861(iii)(1) of such Act).

(c) Medicare parts C and D.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Medicare Advantage plans under part C of the Social Security Act and prescription drug plans under part D of such Act shall comply with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18116) to provide effective language services to enrollees of such plans.

(2) MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLANS REPORTING REQUIREMENT.—Section 1857(e) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–27(e)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(5) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE SERVICES.—A contract under this part shall require a Medicare Advantage organization (and, through application of section 1860D–12(b)(3)(D), a contract under section 1860D–12 shall require a PDP sponsor) to annually submit (for each year of the contract) a report that contains information on the plan’s internal policies and procedures related to recruitment and retention efforts directed to workforce diversity and linguistically and culturally appropriate provision of services in each of the following contexts:

“(A) The collection of data in a manner that meets the requirements of title I of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016, regarding the enrollee population.

“(B) Education of staff and contractors who have routine contact with enrollees regarding the various needs of the diverse enrollee population.

“(C) Evaluation of the health plan’s language services programs and services with respect to the plan’s enrollee population, such as through analysis of complaints or satisfaction survey results.

“(D) Methods by which the plan provides to the Secretary information regarding the ethnic diversity of the plan’s enrollee population.

“(E) The periodic provision of educational information to plan enrollees on the plan’s language services and programs.”.

(d) Improving language services in Medicaid and CHIP.—

(1) PAYMENTS TO STATES.—Section 1903(a)(2)(E) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(a)(2)(E)) is amended by—

(A) striking “75” and inserting “90”;

(B) striking “translation or interpretation services” and inserting “language services”; and

(C) striking “children of families” and inserting “individuals”.

(2) STATE PLAN REQUIREMENTS.—Section 1902(a)(10)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)) is amended by striking “and (28)” and inserting “(28), and (29)”.

(3) DEFINITION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.—Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)) is amended by—

(A) in paragraph (28), by striking “and” at the end;

(B) by redesignating paragraph (29) as paragraph (30); and

(C) by inserting after paragraph (28) the following new paragraph:

“(29) language services, as such term is defined in section 1861(iii)(1), provided in a timely manner to English learners (as defined in section 1861(iii)(5)) who need such services; and”.

(4) USE OF DEDUCTIONS AND COST SHARING.—Section 1916(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396o(2)) is amended by—

(A) by striking “or” at the end of subparagraph (D);

(B) by striking “; and” at the end of subparagraph (E) and inserting “, or”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(F) language services described in section 1905(a)(29); and”.

(5) CHIP COVERAGE REQUIREMENTS.—Section 2103 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397cc) is amended—

(A) in subsection (a), in the matter before paragraph (1), by striking “and (7)” and inserting “(7), and (9)”; and

(B) in subsection (c), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(9) LANGUAGE SERVICES.—The child health assistance provided to a targeted low-income child shall include coverage of language services, as such term is defined in section 1861(iii)(1), provided in a timely manner to English learners (as defined in section 1861(iii)(5)) who need such services.”; and

(C) in subsection (e)(2)—

(i) in the heading, by striking “preventive” and inserting “certain”; and

(ii) by inserting “or subsection (c)(9)” after “subsection (c)(1)(D)”.

(6) DEFINITION OF CHILD HEALTH ASSISTANCE.—Section 2110(a)(27) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397jj) is amended by striking “translation” and inserting “language services as described in section 2103(c)(9)”.

(7) STATE DATA COLLECTION.—Pursuant to the reporting requirement described in section 2107(b)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397gg(b)(1)), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall require that States collect data on—

(A) the primary language of individuals receiving child health assistance under title XXI of the Social Security Act; and

(B) in the case of such individuals who are minors or incapacitated, the primary language of the individual’s parent or guardian.

(8) CHIP PAYMENTS TO STATES.—Section 2105 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397ee(c)) is amended—

(A) in subsection (a)(1), by striking “75” and inserting “90”; and

(B) in subsection (c)(2)(A), by inserting before the period at the end the following: “, except that expenditures pursuant to clause (iv) of subparagraph (D) of such paragraph shall not count towards this total”.

(e) Funding language services furnished by providers of health care and health-Care-Related services that serve high rates of uninsured LEP individuals.—

(1) PAYMENT OF COSTS.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall make payments (on a quarterly basis) directly to eligible entities to support the provision of language services to English learners in an amount equal to an eligible entity’s eligible costs for such services for the quarter.

(B) FUNDING.—Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

(C) RELATION TO MEDICAID DSH.—Payments under this subsection shall not offset or reduce payments under section 1923 of the Social Security Act, nor shall payments under such section be considered when determining uncompensated costs associated with the provision of language services.

(2) METHODOLOGY FOR PAYMENT OF CLAIMS.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall establish a methodology to determine the average per person cost of language services.

(B) DIFFERENT ENTITIES.—In establishing such methodology, the Secretary may establish different methodologies for different types of eligible entities.

(C) NO INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS.—The Secretary may not require eligible entities to submit individual claims for language services for individual patients as a requirement for payment under this subsection.

(3) DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENT.—For purposes of this subsection, the Secretary shall create a standard data collection instrument that is consistent with any existing reporting requirements by the Secretary or relevant accrediting organizations regarding the number of individuals to whom language access are provided.

(4) GUIDELINES.—Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish and distribute guidelines concerning the implementation of this subsection.

(5) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.—

(A) REPORT TO SECRETARY.—Entities receiving payment under this subsection shall provide the Secretary with a quarterly report on how the entity used such funds. Such report shall contain aggregate (and may not contain individualized) data collected using the instrument under paragraph (3) and shall otherwise be in a form and manner determined by the Secretary.

(B) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress concerning the implementation of this subsection.

(6) DEFINITIONS.—In this subsection:

(A) ELIGIBLE COSTS.—The term “eligible costs” means, with respect to an eligible entity that provides language services to English learners, the product of—

(i) the average per person cost of language services, determined according to the methodology devised under paragraph (2); and

(ii) the number of English learners who are provided language services by the entity and for whom no reimbursement is available for such services under the amendments made by subsections (a), (b), (c), or (d) or by private health insurance.

(B) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term “eligible entity” means an entity that—

(i) is a Medicaid provider that is—

(I) a physician;

(II) a hospital with a low-income utilization rate (as defined in section 1923(b)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r–4(b)(3))) of greater than 25 percent; or

(III) a federally qualified health center (as defined in section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(2)(B)));

(ii) provide language services to at least 8 percent of the entity’s total number of patients, not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of the Act; and

(iii) prepare and submit an application to the Secretary, at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require to ascertain the entity’s eligibility for funding under this subsection.

(C) ENGLISH LEARNER.—The term “English learner” has the meaning given such term in section 8101(20) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, except that subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D) of such section shall not apply.

(D) LANGUAGE SERVICES.—The term “language services” has the meaning given such term in section 1861(iii)(1) of the Social Security Act.

(f) Application of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit otherwise existing obligations of recipients of Federal financial assistance under title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000(d) et seq.) or other laws that protect the civil rights of individuals.

(g) Effective date.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise provided and subject to paragraph (2), the amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2017.

(2) EXCEPTION IF STATE LEGISLATION REQUIRED.—In the case of a State plan for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act which the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines requires State legislation (other than legislation appropriating funds) in order for the plan to meet the additional requirement imposed by the amendments made by this section, the State plan shall not be regarded as failing to comply with the requirements of such title solely on the basis of its failure to meet this additional requirement before the first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the close of the first regular session of the State legislature that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act. For purposes of the previous sentence, in the case of a State that has a 2-year legislative session, each year of such session shall be deemed to be a separate regular session of the State legislature.

SEC. 206. Increasing understanding of and improving health literacy.

(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, in consultation with the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Office of Minority Health, shall award grants to eligible entities to improve health care for patient populations that have low functional health literacy.

(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall—

(1) be a hospital, health center or clinic, health plan, or other health entity (including a nonprofit minority health organization or association); and

(2) prepare and submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c) Use of funds.—

(1) AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY.—Grants awarded under subsection (a) through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shall be used—

(A) to define and increase the understanding of health literacy;

(B) to investigate the correlation between low health literacy and health and health care;

(C) to clarify which aspects of health literacy have an effect on health outcomes; and

(D) for any other activity determined appropriate by the Director of the Agency.

(2) HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION.—Grants awarded under subsection (a) through the Health Resources and Services Administration shall be used to conduct demonstration projects for interventions for patients with low health literacy that may include—

(A) the development of new disease management programs for patients with low health literacy;

(B) the tailoring of existing disease management programs addressing mental, physical, oral, and behavioral health conditions for patients with low health literacy;

(C) the translation of written health materials for patients with low health literacy;

(D) the identification, implementation, and testing of low health literacy screening tools;

(E) the conduct of educational campaigns for patients and providers about low health literacy; and

(F) other activities determined appropriate by the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

(d) Definitions.—In this section, the term “low health literacy” means the inability of an individual to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 207. Assurances for receiving Federal funds.

(a) In general.—Any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving Federal financial assistance, including credits, subsidies, or contracts of insurance, and any program or activity that is administered by an executive agency or any entity established under title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or amendments made thereby), as such programs, activities, agencies, and entities are described in section 1557(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18116), in order to ensure the right of LEP individuals to receive access to quality health care, shall—

(1) ensure that appropriate clinical and support staff receive ongoing education and training in linguistically appropriate service delivery;

(2) offer and provide appropriate language services at no additional charge to each patient with limited-English-proficiency at all points of contact, in a timely manner during all hours of operation;

(3) notify patients of their right to receive language services in their primary language; and

(4) utilize only competent interpreter or translation services, as defined in section 3400 of the Public Health Service Act.

(b) Exemptions.—The requirements of subsection (a)(4) shall not apply as follows:

(1) When a patient (who has been informed in his or her primary language of the availability of free interpreter and translation services) requests the use of family, friends, or other persons untrained in interpretation or translation if the following conditions are met:

(A) The interpreter requested by the patient is over the age of 18.

(B) The recipient informs the patient that he or she has the option of having the recipient provide an interpreter for him or her without charge, or of using his or her own interpreter.

(C) The recipient informs the patient that the recipient may not require an LEP person to use a family member or friend as an interpreter.

(D) The recipient evaluates whether the person the patient wishes to use as an interpreter is competent. If the recipient has reason to believe that the interpreter is not competent, the recipient provides the recipient’s own interpreter to protect the recipient from liability if the patient’s interpreter is later found not competent.

(E) If the recipient has reason to believe that there is a conflict of interest between the interpreter and patient, the recipient may not use the patient’s interpreter.

(F) The recipient has the patient sign a waiver, witnessed by at least 1 individual not related to the patient, that includes the information stated in subparagraphs (A) through (E) and is translated into the patient’s language.

(2) When a medical emergency exists and the delay directly associated with obtaining competent interpreter or translation services would jeopardize the health of the patient, but only until a competent interpreter or translation service is available.

(c) Rule of construction.—Subsection (b)(2) shall not be construed to mean that emergency rooms or similar entities that regularly provide health care services in medical emergencies are exempt from legal or regulatory requirements related to competent interpreter services.

SEC. 208. Report on Federal efforts to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services.

(a) Report.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall enter into a contract with the Institute of Medicine for the preparation and publication of a report that describes Federal efforts to ensure that all individuals with limited-English proficiency have meaningful access culturally competent to health care and health-care-related services. Such report shall include—

(1) a description and evaluation of the activities carried out under this Act;

(2) a description and analysis of best practices, model programs, guidelines, and other effective strategies for providing access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services;

(3) recommendations on the development and implementation of policies and practices by providers of health care and health-care-related services for limited-English-proficient individuals;

(4) a description of the effect of providing language services on quality of health care and access to care; and

(5) a description of the costs associated with or savings related to the provision of language services.

(b) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 209. English for speakers of other languages.

(a) Grants authorized.—The Secretary of Education is authorized to provide grants to eligible entities for the provision of English as a second language (in this section referred to “ESL”) instruction and shall determine, after consultation with appropriate stakeholders, the mechanism for administering and distributing such grants.

(b) Eligible entity defined.—For purposes of this section, the term “eligible entity” means a State or community-based organization that employs, and serves, minority populations.

(c) Application.—An eligible entity may apply for a grant under this section by submitting such information as the Secretary may require and in such form and manner as the Secretary may require.

(d) Use of grant.—As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall—

(1) develop and implement a plan for assuring the availability of ESL instruction that effectively integrates information about the nature of the United States health care system, how to access care, and any special language skills that may be required for them to access and regularly negotiate the system effectively;

(2) develop a plan, including, where appropriate, public-private partnerships, for making ESL instruction progressively available to all individuals seeking instruction; and

(3) maintain current ESL instruction efforts by using the additional funds to supplement rather than supplant any funds expended for ESL instruction in the State as of January 1, 2017.

(e) Additional duties of the secretary.—The Secretary of Education shall—

(1) collect and publicize annual data on how much Federal, State, and local governments spend on ESL instruction;

(2) collect data from State and local governments to identify the unmet needs of English language learners for appropriate ESL instruction, including—

(A) the preferred written and spoken language of such English language learners;

(B) the extent of waiting lists including how many programs maintain waiting lists and, for programs that do not have waiting lists, the reasons why not;

(C) the availability of programs to geographically isolated communities;

(D) the impact of course enrollment policies, including open enrollment, on the availability of ESL instruction;

(E) the number individuals in the State and each participating locality;

(F) the effectiveness of the instruction in meeting the needs of individuals receiving instruction and those needing instruction;

(G) as assessment of the need for programs that integrate job training and ESL instruction, to assist individuals to obtain better jobs; and

(H) the availability of ESL slots by State and locality;

(3) determine the cost and most appropriate methods of making ESL instruction available to all English language learners seeking instruction; and

(4) within 1 year of the date of enactment of this Act, issue a report to Congress that assesses the information collected in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) and makes recommendations on steps that should be taken to progressively realize the goal of making ESL instruction available to all English language learners seeking instruction.

(f) Authorization of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Education for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2020 $250,000,000 to carry out this section.

SEC. 210. Implementation.

(a) General provisions.—

(1) A State shall not be immune under the Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution of the United States from suit in Federal court for failing to provide the language access funded pursuant to this title.

(2) In a suit against a State for a violation of this title, remedies (including remedies at both at law and in equity) are available for such a violation to the same extent as such remedies are available for such a violation in the suit against any public or private entity other than a State.

(b) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this title shall be construed to limit otherwise existing obligations of recipients of Federal financial assistance under title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000(d) et seq.) or any other statute.

SEC. 211. Language access services.

(a) Essential benefits.—Section 1302(b)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18022(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(K) Language access services, including oral interpretation and written translations.”.

(b) Employer-Sponsored minimum essential coverage.—Section 36B(c)(2)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(v) COVERAGE MUST INCLUDE LANGUAGE ACCESS AND SERVICES.—Except as provided in clause (iii), an employee shall not be treated as eligible for minimum essential coverage if such coverage consists of an eligible employer-sponsored plan (as defined in section 5000A(f)(2)) and the plan does not provide coverage for language access services, including oral interpretation and written translations.”.

(c) Quality Reporting.—Section 2717(a)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg–17(a)(1)) is amended—

(1) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (C);

(2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (D) and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(E) reduce health disparities through the provision of language access services, including oral interpretation and written translations.”.

(d) Regulations regarding internal claims and appeals and external review processes for health plans and health insurance issuers.—The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall amend the regulations in section 54.9815–2719T(e) of title 26, Code of Federal Regulations, section 2590.715– 2719(e) of title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, and section 147.136(e) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, respectively, to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to which such sections apply—

(1) to provide oral interpretation services without any threshold requirements;

(2) to provide in the English versions of all notices a statement prominently displayed in not less than 15 non-English languages clearly indicating how to access the language services provided by the plan or issuer; and

(3) with respect to written translations of notices, to apply a threshold that 5 percent of the population or at least 500 individuals per service area are literate only in the same non-English language in lieu of 10 percent or more residing in a county.

(e) Data collection and reporting.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall—

(1) amend the single streamlined application form developed pursuant to section 1413 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18083) to collect the preferred spoken and written language for each household member applying for coverage under a qualified health plan through an Exchange under title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;

(2) require navigators, certified application counselors, and other enrollment assisters to collect and report requests for language assistance; and

(3) require the Federal and State call centers established pursuant to section 1311(d)(4)(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(d)(4)(b)) to submit an annual report documenting the number of language assistance requests, the types of languages requested, the range and average wait time for a consumer to speak with an interpreter, and any steps the call center and language line have taken to actively address some of the consumer complaints.

(f) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to plan years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 301. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

Title XXXIV of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 202, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“subtitle ADiversifying the Health Care Workplace

“SEC. 3411. National Working Group on Workforce Diversity.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Bureau of Health Workforce within the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall award a grant to an entity determined appropriate by the Secretary for the establishment of a national working group on workforce diversity.

“(b) Representation.—In establishing the national working group under subsection (a):

“(1) The grantee shall ensure that the group has representatives of the following:

“(A) The Health Resources and Services Administration.

“(B) The Department of Health and Human Services Data Council.

“(C) The Office of Minority Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“(D) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“(E) The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.

“(F) The Public Health Practice Program Office—Office of Workforce Policy and Planning.

“(G) The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

“(H) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

“(I) The Institute of Medicine Study Committee for the 2004 workforce diversity report.

“(J) The Indian Health Service.

“(K) The Department of Education.

“(L) Minority-serving academic institutions.

“(M) Consumer organizations.

“(N) Health professional associations, including those that represent underrepresented minority populations.

“(O) Researchers in the area of health workforce.

“(P) Health workforce accreditation entities.

“(Q) Private (including nonprofit) foundations that have sponsored workforce diversity initiatives.

“(R) Local and State health departments.

“(S) Representatives of community members to be included on admissions committees for health profession schools pursuant to subsection (c)(8).

“(T) National community-based organizations that serve as a national intermediary to their urban affiliate members and have demonstrated capacity to train health care professionals.

“(U) Other entities determined appropriate by the Secretary.

“(2) The grantee shall ensure that, in addition to the representatives under paragraph (1), the group has not less than 5 health professions students representing various health profession fields and levels of training.

“(c) Activities.—The working group established under subsection (a) shall convene at least twice each year to complete the following activities:

“(1) Review current public and private health workforce diversity initiatives.

“(2) Identify successful health workforce diversity programs and practices.

“(3) Examine challenges relating to the development and implementation of health workforce diversity initiatives.

“(4) Draft a national strategic work plan for health workforce diversity, including recommendations for public and private sector initiatives.

“(5) Develop a framework and methods for the evaluation of current and future health workforce diversity initiatives.

“(6) Develop recommended standards for workforce diversity that could be applicable to all health professions programs and programs funded under this Act.

“(7) Develop guidelines to train health professionals to care for a diverse population.

“(8) Develop a strategy for the inclusion of community members on admissions committees for health profession schools.

“(9) Helping with monitoring and implementation of standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“(10) Other activities determined appropriate by the Secretary.

“(d) Annual report.—Not later than 1 year after the establishment of the working group under subsection (a), and annually thereafter, the working group shall prepare and make available to the general public for comment, an annual report on the activities of the working group. Such report shall include the recommendations of the working group for improving health workforce diversity.

“(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3412. Technical Clearinghouse for Health workforce Diversity.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, and in collaboration with the Bureau of Health Workforce within the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, shall establish a technical clearinghouse on health workforce diversity within the Office of Minority Health and coordinate current and future clearinghouses.

“(b) Information and services.—The clearinghouse established under subsection (a) shall offer the following information and services:

“(1) Information on the importance of health workforce diversity.

“(2) Statistical information relating to underrepresented minority representation in health and allied health professions and occupations.

“(3) Model health workforce diversity practices and programs, including integrated models of care.

“(4) Admissions policies that promote health workforce diversity and are in compliance with Federal and State laws.

“(5) Retainment policies that promote completion of health profession degrees for underserved populations.

“(6) Lists of scholarship, loan repayment, and loan cancellation grants as well as fellowship information for underserved populations for health professions schools.

“(7) Foundation and other large organizational initiatives relating to health workforce diversity.

“(c) Consultation.—In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall consult with non-Federal entities which may include minority health professional associations and minority sections of major health professional associations to ensure the adequacy and accuracy of information.

“(d) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3413. Support for Institutions committed to workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall award grants to eligible entities that demonstrate a commitment to health workforce diversity.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall—

“(1) be an educational institution or entity that historically produces or trains meaningful numbers of underrepresented minority health professionals, including—

“(A) historically Black colleges and universities;

“(B) Hispanic-serving health professions schools;

“(C) Hispanic-serving institutions;

“(D) tribal colleges and universities;

“(E) Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-serving institutions;

“(F) institutions that have programs to recruit and retain underrepresented minority health professionals, in which a significant number of the enrolled participants are underrepresented minorities;

“(G) health professional associations, which may include underrepresented minority health professional associations; and

“(H) institutions, including national and regional community-based organizations with demonstrated commitment to a diversified workforce—

“(i) located in communities with predominantly underrepresented minority populations;

“(ii) with whom partnerships have been formed for the purpose of increasing workforce diversity; and

“(iii) in which at least 20 percent of the enrolled participants are underrepresented minorities; and

“(2) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Amounts received under a grant under subsection (a) shall be used to expand existing workforce diversity programs, implement new workforce diversity programs, or evaluate existing or new workforce diversity programs, including with respect to mental health care professions. Such programs shall enhance diversity by considering minority status as part of an individualized consideration of qualifications. Possible activities may include—

“(1) educational outreach programs relating to opportunities in the health professions;

“(2) scholarship, fellowship, grant, loan repayment, and loan cancellation programs;

“(3) postbaccalaureate programs;

“(4) academic enrichment programs, particularly targeting those who would not be competitive for health professions schools;

“(5) kindergarten through 12th grade and other health pipeline programs;

“(6) mentoring programs;

“(7) internship or rotation programs involving hospitals, health systems, health plans, and other health entities;

“(8) community partnership development for purposes relating to workforce diversity; or

“(9) leadership training.

“(d) Reports.—Not later than 1 year after receiving a grant under this section, and annually for the term of the grant, a grantee shall submit to the Secretary a report that summarizes and evaluates all activities conducted under the grant.

“(e) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-serving institutions’ has the same meaning as the term ‘Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution’ as defined in section 371(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067q(c)).

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3414. Career development for scientists and researchers.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall award grants that expand existing opportunities for scientists and researchers and promote the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in the health professions.

“(b) Research funding.—The head of each entity within the Department of Health and Human Services shall establish or expand existing programs to provide research funding to scientists and researchers in training. Under such programs, the head of each such entity shall give priority in allocating research funding to support health research in traditionally underserved communities, including underrepresented minority communities, and research classified as community or participatory.

“(c) Data collection.—The head of each entity within the Department of Health and Human Services shall collect data on the number (expressed as an absolute number and a percentage) of underrepresented minority and nonminority applicants who receive and are denied agency funding at every stage of review. Such data shall be reported annually to the Secretary and the appropriate committees of Congress.

“(d) Student loan reimbursement.—The Secretary shall establish a student loan reimbursement program to provide student loan reimbursement assistance to researchers who focus on racial and ethnic disparities in health. The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to define the scope and procedures for the program under this subsection.

“(e) Student loan cancellation.—The Secretary shall establish a student loan cancellation program to provide student loan cancellation assistance to researchers who focus on racial and ethnic disparities in health. Students participating in the program shall make a minimum 5-year commitment to work at an accredited health profession school. The Secretary shall promulgate additional regulations to define the scope and procedures for the program under this subsection.

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3415. Career support for nonresearch Health professionals.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shall establish a program to award grants to eligible individuals for career support in nonresearch-related health and wellness professions.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an individual shall—

“(1) be a student in a health professions school, a graduate of such a school who is working in a health profession, an individual working in a health or wellness profession (including mental and behavioral health), or a faculty member of such a school; and

“(2) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—An individual shall use amounts received under a grant under this section to—

“(1) support the individual’s health activities or projects that involve underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minority communities;

“(2) support health-related career advancement activities;

“(3) to pay, or as reimbursement for payments of, student loans or training or credentialing costs for individuals who are health professionals and are focused on health issues affecting underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minority communities; and

“(4) to establish and promote leadership training programs to decrease health disparities and to increase cultural competence with the goal of increasing diversity in leadership positions.

“(d) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘career in nonresearch-related health and wellness professions’ means employment or intended employment in the field of public health, health policy, health management, health administration, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, social work, psychiatry, other mental and behavioral health, allied health, community health, social work, or other fields determined appropriate by the Secretary, other than in a position that involves research.

“(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3416. Research on the effect of workforce Diversity on quality.

“(a) In general.—The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in collaboration with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, shall award grants to eligible entities to expand research on the link between health workforce diversity and quality health care.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall—

“(1) be a clinical, public health, or health services research entity or other entity determined appropriate by the Director; and

“(2) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Amounts received under a grant awarded under subsection (a) shall be used to support research that investigates the effect of health workforce diversity on—

“(1) language access;

“(2) cultural competence;

“(3) patient satisfaction;

“(4) timeliness of care;

“(5) safety of care;

“(6) effectiveness of care;

“(7) efficiency of care;

“(8) patient outcomes;

“(9) community engagement;

“(10) resource allocation;

“(11) organizational structure;

“(12) compliance of care; or

“(13) other topics determined appropriate by the Director.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Director shall give individualized consideration to all relevant aspects of the applicant’s background. Consideration of prior research experience involving the health of underserved communities shall be such a factor.

“(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3417. Health disparities education program.

“(a) Establishment.—The Secretary, acting through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health, the Office for Civil Rights, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and other appropriate public and private entities, shall establish and coordinate a health and health care disparities education program to support, develop, and implement educational initiatives and outreach strategies that inform health care professionals and the public about the existence of and methods to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.

“(b) Activities.—The Secretary, through the education program established under subsection (a), shall, through the use of public awareness and outreach campaigns targeting the general public and the medical community at large—

“(1) disseminate scientific evidence for the existence and extent of racial and ethnic disparities in health care, including disparities that are not otherwise attributable to known factors such as access to care, patient preferences, or appropriateness of intervention, as described in the 2002 Institute of Medicine Report entitled ‘Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care’, as well as the impact of disparities related to age, disability status, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation on racial and ethnic minorities;

“(2) disseminate new research findings to health care providers and patients to assist them in understanding, reducing, and eliminating health and health care disparities;

“(3) disseminate information about the impact of linguistic and cultural barriers on health care quality and the obligation of health providers who receive Federal financial assistance to ensure that people with limited-English proficiency have access to language access services;

“(4) disseminate information about the importance and legality of racial, ethnic, disability status, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and primary language data collection, analysis, and reporting;

“(5) design and implement specific educational initiatives to health care providers relating to health and health care disparities;

“(6) assess the impact of the programs established under this section in raising awareness of health and health care disparities and providing information on available resources; and

“(7) design and implement specific educational initiatives to educate the health care workforce relating to unconscious bias.

“(c) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.”.

SEC. 302. Hispanic-serving health professions schools.

Part B of title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 742. Hispanic-serving health professions schools.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall award grants to Hispanic-serving health professions schools for the purpose of carrying out programs to recruit Hispanic individuals to enroll in and graduate from such schools, which may include providing scholarships and other financial assistance as appropriate.

“(b) Eligibility.—In subsection (a), the term ‘Hispanic-serving health professions school’ means an entity that—

“(1) is a school or program under section 799B;

“(2) has an enrollment of full-time equivalent students that is made up of at least 9 percent Hispanic students;

“(3) has been effective in carrying out programs to recruit Hispanic individuals to enroll in and graduate from the school;

“(4) has been effective in recruiting and retaining Hispanic faculty members;

“(5) has a significant number of graduates who are providing health services to medically underserved populations or to individuals in health professional shortage areas; and

“(6) is a Regional Hispanic Center of Excellence.”.

SEC. 303. Loan repayment program of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Section 317F(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247b–7(c)) is amended—

(1) by striking “and” after “1994,”; and

(2) by inserting before the period at the end the following: “, $750,000 for fiscal year 2017, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2018 through 2022”.

SEC. 304. Cooperative agreements for online degree programs at schools of public health and schools of allied health.

Part B of title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293 et seq.), as amended by section 302, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 743. Cooperative agreements for online degree programs.

“(a) Cooperative agreements.—The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, in consultation with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, shall award cooperative agreements to schools of public health and schools of allied health to design and implement online degree programs.

“(b) Priority.—In awarding cooperative agreements under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to any school of public health or school of allied health that has an established track record of serving medically underserved communities.

“(c) Requirements.—Recipients of cooperative agreements under this section shall design and implement an online degree program that meets the following restrictions:

“(1) Enrollment of individuals who have obtained a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

“(2) Maintaining a significant enrollment of underrepresented minority or disadvantaged students.

“(3) Achieving a high completion rate of enrolled underrepresented minority or disadvantaged students.

“(d) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.”.

SEC. 305. Sense of Congress on the mission of the National Health Care Workforce Commission.

It is the sense of Congress that the National Health Care Workforce Commission established by section 5101 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 294q) should, in carrying out its assigned duties under that section, give attention to the needs of racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with lower socioeconomic status, individuals with mental, developmental, and physical disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning populations, and individuals who are members of multiple minority or special population groups.

SEC. 306. Scholarship and fellowship programs.

Subtitle A of title XXXIV of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 301, is further amended by inserting after section 3417 the following:

“SEC. 3418. David Satcher Public Health and Health Services Corps.

“(a) In general.—The Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, shall award grants to eligible entities to increase awareness among postprimary and postsecondary students of career opportunities in the health professions.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall—

“(1) be a clinical, public health, or health services organization, community-based or nonprofit entity, or other entity determined appropriate by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

“(2) serve a health professional shortage area, as determined by the Secretary;

“(3) work with students, including those from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, that have expressed an interest in the health professions; and

“(4) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Grant awards under subsection (a) shall be used to support internships that will increase awareness among students of non-research-based, career opportunities in the following health professions:

“(1) Medicine.

“(2) Nursing.

“(3) Public Health.

“(4) Pharmacy.

“(5) Health administration and management.

“(6) Health policy.

“(7) Psychology.

“(8) Dentistry.

“(9) International health.

“(10) Social work.

“(11) Allied health.

“(12) Psychiatry.

“(13) Hospice care.

“(14) Other professions deemed appropriate by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall give priority to those entities that—

“(1) serve a high proportion of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds;

“(2) have experience in health disparity elimination programs;

“(3) facilitate the entry of disadvantaged individuals into institutions of higher education; and

“(4) provide counseling or other services designed to assist disadvantaged individuals in successfully completing their education at the postsecondary level.

“(e) Stipends.—The Secretary may approve stipends under this section for individuals for any period of education in student-enhancement programs (other than regular courses) at health professions schools, programs, or entities, except that such a stipend may not be provided to an individual for more than 6 months, and such a stipend may not exceed $20 per day (notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding the amount of stipends).

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3419. Louis Stokes Public Health Scholars Program.

“(a) In general.—The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, shall award scholarships to postsecondary students who seek a career in public health.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a scholarship under subsection (a), an individual shall—

“(1) have interest, knowledge, or skill in public health research or public health practice, or other health professions as determined appropriate by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

“(2) reside in a health professional shortage area as determined by the Secretary;

“(3) demonstrate promise for becoming a leader in public health;

“(4) secure admission to a 4-year institution of higher education;

“(5) comply with subsection (e); and

“(6) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Amounts received under an award under subsection (a) shall be used to support opportunities for students to become public health professionals.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Director shall give priority to those students that—

“(1) are from disadvantaged backgrounds;

“(2) have secured admissions to a minority-serving institution; and

“(3) have identified a health professional as a mentor at their school or institution and an academic advisor to assist in the completion of their baccalaureate degree.

“(e) Scholarships.—The Secretary may approve payment of scholarships under this section for such individuals for any period of education in student undergraduate tenure, except that such a scholarship may not be provided to an individual for more than 4 years, and such scholarships may not exceed $10,000 per academic year (notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding the amount of scholarship).

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3420. Patsy Mink Health and Gender Research Fellowship Program.

“(a) In general.—The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Director of the Indian Health Services, shall award research fellowships to post-baccalaureate students to conduct research that will examine gender and health disparities and to pursue a career in the health professions.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a fellowship under subsection (a) an individual shall—

“(1) have experience in health research or public health practice;

“(2) reside in a health professional shortage area as determined by the Secretary;

“(3) have expressed an interest in the health professions;

“(4) demonstrate promise for becoming a leader in the field of women’s health;

“(5) secure admission to a health professions school or graduate program with an emphasis in gender studies;

“(6) comply with subsection (f); and

“(7) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Amounts received under an award under subsection (a) shall be used to support opportunities for students to become researchers and advance the research base on the intersection between gender and health.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall give priority to those applicants that—

“(1) are from disadvantaged backgrounds; and

“(2) have identified a mentor and academic advisor who will assist in the completion of their graduate or professional degree and have secured a research assistant position with a researcher working in the area of gender and health.

“(e) Fellowships.—The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may approve fellowships for individuals under this section for any period of education in the student’s graduate or health profession tenure, except that such a fellowship may not be provided to an individual for more than 3 years, and such a fellowship may not exceed $18,000 per academic year (notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding the amount of fellowship).

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3420A. Paul David Wellstone International Health Fellowship Program.

“(a) In general.—The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in collaboration with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, shall award research fellowships to college students or recent graduates to advance their understanding of international health.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a fellowship under subsection (a) an individual shall—

“(1) have educational experience in the field of international health;

“(2) reside in a health professional shortage area as determined by the Secretary;

“(3) demonstrate promise for becoming a leader in the field of international health;

“(4) be a college senior or recent graduate of a four-year higher education institution;

“(5) comply with subsection (e); and

“(6) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Amounts received under an award under subsection (a) shall be used to support opportunities for students to become health professionals and to advance their knowledge about international issues relating to health care access and quality.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Director shall give priority to those applicants that—

“(1) are from a disadvantaged background; and

“(2) have identified a mentor at a health professions school or institution, an academic advisor to assist in the completion of their graduate or professional degree, and an advisor from an international health non-governmental organization, private volunteer organization, or other international institution or program that focuses on increasing health care access and quality for residents in developing countries.

“(e) Fellowships.—The Secretary shall approve fellowships for college seniors or recent graduates, except that such a fellowship may not be provided to an individual for more than 6 months, may not be awarded to a graduate that has not been enrolled in school for more than 1 year, and may not exceed $4,000 per academic year (notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding the amount of fellowship).

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3420B. Edward R. Roybal Health Scholar Program.

“(a) In general.—The Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Administrator for Health Resources and Services Administration, in collaboration with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, shall award grants to eligible entities to expose entering graduate students to the health professions.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall—

“(1) be a clinical, public health, or health services organization, community-based, academic, or nonprofit entity, or other entity determined appropriate by the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality;

“(2) serve in a health professional shortage area as determined by the Secretary;

“(3) work with students obtaining a degree in the health professions; and

“(4) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Use of funds.—Amounts received under a grant awarded under subsection (a) shall be used to support opportunities that expose students to non-research-based health professions, including—

“(1) public health policy;

“(2) health care and pharmaceutical policy;

“(3) health care administration and management;

“(4) health economics; and

“(5) other professions determined appropriate by the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Administrator for Health Resources and Services Administration.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shall give priority to those entities that—

“(1) have experience with health disparity elimination programs;

“(2) facilitate training in the fields described in subsection (c); and

“(3) provide counseling or other services designed to assist such individuals in successfully completing their education at the postsecondary level.

“(e) Stipends.—The Secretary may approve the payment of stipends for individuals under this section for any period of education in student-enhancement programs (other than regular courses) at health professions schools or entities, except that such a stipend may not be provided to an individual for more than 2 months, and such a stipend may not exceed $100 per day (notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding the amount of stipends).

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.”.

SEC. 307. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Section 402E of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–15) is amended by striking subsection (g) and inserting the following:

“(g) Collaboration in Health profession Diversity training programs.—The Secretary shall coordinate with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that there is collaboration between the goals of the program under this section and programs of the Health Resources and Services Administration that promote health workforce diversity. The Secretary of Education shall take such measures as may be necessary to encourage students participating in projects assisted under this section to consider health profession careers.

“(h) Funding.—From amounts appropriated pursuant to the authority of section 402A(g), the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, allocate funds for projects authorized by this section in an amount which is not less than $31,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2017 through 2023.”.

SEC. 308. Rules for determination of full-time equivalent residents for cost-reporting periods.

(a) DGME determinations.—Section 1886(h)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(h)(4)), as amended by section 204(a), is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (E), by striking “Subject to subparagraphs (J) and (K), such rules” and inserting “Subject to subparagraphs (J), (K), and (M), such rules”;

(2) in subparagraph (J), by striking “Such rules” and inserting “Subject to subparagraph (M), such rules”;

(3) in subparagraph (K), by striking “In determining” and inserting “Subject to subparagraph (M), in determining”; and

(4) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(M) TREATMENT OF CERTAIN RESIDENTS AND INTERNS.—For purposes of cost-reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 2016, in determining the hospital’s number of full-time equivalent residents for purposes of this paragraph, all the time spent by an intern or resident in an approved medical residency training program shall be counted toward the determination of full-time equivalency if the hospital—

“(i) is recognized as a subsection (d) hospital;

“(ii) is recognized as a subsection (d) Puerto Rico hospital;

“(iii) is reimbursed under a reimbursement system authorized under section 1814(b)(3); or

“(iv) is a provider-based hospital outpatient department.”.

(b) IME determinations.—Section 1886(d)(5)(B)(x) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(B)(x)) is amended—

(1) in subclause (II), by striking “In determining” and inserting “Subject to subclause (IV), in determining”;

(2) in subclause (III), by striking “In determining” and inserting “Subject to subclause (IV), in determining”; and

(3) by inserting after subclause (III) the following new subclause:

“(IV) The provisions of subparagraph (L) of subsection (h)(4) shall apply under this subparagraph in the same manner as they apply under such subsection.”.

SEC. 309. Developing and implementing strategies for local health equity.

(a) Grants.—The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor, acting jointly, shall make grants to academic institutions for the purposes of—

(1) in accordance with subsection (b), developing capacity—

(A) to build an evidence base for successful strategies for increasing local health equity; and

(B) to serve as national models of driving local health equity;

(2) in accordance with subsection (c), developing a strategic partnership with the community in which the academic institution is located; and

(3) collecting data on, and periodically evaluating, the effectiveness of the institution’s programs funded through this section to enable the institution to adapt accordingly for maximum efficiency and success.

(b) Developing capacity for increasing local health equity.—As a condition on receipt of a grant under subsection (a), an academic institution shall agree to use the grant to build an evidence base for successful strategies for increasing local health equity, and to serve as a national model of driving local health equity, by supporting—

(1) resources to strengthen institutional metrics and capacity to execute institutionwide health workforce goals that can serve as models for increasing health equity in communities across the country;

(2) collaborations among a cohort of institutions in implementing systemic change, partnership development, and programmatic efforts supportive of health equity goals across disciplines and populations; and

(3) enhanced or newly developed data systems and research infrastructure capable of informing current and future workforce efforts and building a foundation for a broader research agenda targeting urban health disparities.

(c) Strategic partnerships.—As a condition on receipt of a grant under subsection (a), an academic institution shall agree to use the grant to develop a strategic partnership with the community in which the institution is located for the purposes of—

(1) strengthening connections between the institution and the community—

(A) to improve evaluation of and address the community’s health and health workforce needs; and

(B) to engage the community in health workforce development;

(2) developing, enhancing, or accelerating innovative undergraduate and graduate programs in the biomedical sciences and health professions; and

(3) strengthening pipeline programs in the biomedical sciences and health professions, including by developing partnerships between institutions of higher education and elementary and secondary schools to recruit the next generation of health professionals earlier in the pipeline to a health care career.

SEC. 310. Loan forgiveness for mental and behavioral health social workers.

Section 455 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087e) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(r) Repayment plan for mental and behavioral health social workers.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall cancel the balance of interest and principal due on any eligible Federal Direct Loan not in default for a borrower who—

“(A) has made 120 monthly payments on the eligible Federal Direct Loan after October 1, 2016, pursuant to any one or a combination of the following—

“(i) payments under an income-based repayment plan under section 493C;

“(ii) payments under a standard repayment plan under subsection (d)(1)(A), based on a 10-year repayment period;

“(iii) monthly payments under a repayment plan under subsection (d)(1) or (g) of not less than the monthly amount calculated under subsection (d)(1)(A), based on a 10-year repayment period; or

“(iv) payments under an income contingent repayment plan under subsection (d)(1)(D); and

“(B) (i) is employed as a mental health or behavioral health social worker, as defined by the Secretary by regulation, at the time of such forgiveness; and

“(ii) has been employed as such a mental health or behavioral health social worker during the period in which the borrower makes each of the 120 payments as described in subparagraph (A).

“(2) LOAN CANCELLATION AMOUNT.—After the conclusion of the employment period described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall cancel the obligation to repay the balance of principal and interest due as of the time of such cancellation, on the eligible Federal Direct Loans made to the borrower under this part.

“(3) INELIGIBILITY FOR DOUBLE BENEFITS.—No borrower may, for the same employment as a mental heath or behavioral health social worker, receive a reduction of loan obligations under both this subsection and section 455(m), 428J, 428K, 428L, or 460.

“(4) DEFINITION OF ELIGIBLE FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN.—In this subsection, the term ‘eligible Federal Direct Loan’ means a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, or a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan.”.

SEC. 311. Health Professions Workforce Fund.

(a) Purpose.—It is the purpose of this section to establish a Health Professions Workforce Fund to be administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in the health professions and nursing workforce development programs under title VII and title VIII of the Public Health Service Act.

(b) Establishing the Health Professions Workforce Fund.—There is authorized to be appropriated, and there is appropriated, out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to the Health Professions Workforce Fund—

(1) $355,000,000 for fiscal year 2017;

(2) $375,000,000 for fiscal year 2018;

(3) $392,000,000 for fiscal year 2019;

(4) $412,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;

(5) $432,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;

(6) $454,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;

(7) $476,000,000 for fiscal year 2023;

(8) $500,000,000 for fiscal year 2024;

(9) $525,000,000 for fiscal year 2025; and

(10) $552,000,000 for fiscal year 2026.

(c) Funding.—

(1) For the purpose of carrying out health professions education programs authorized under title VII of the Public Health Service Act, in addition to any other amounts authorized to be appropriated for such purpose, there is authorized to be appropriated out of any monies in the Health Professions Workforce Fund, the following:

(A) $240,000,000 for fiscal year 2017.

(B) $253,000,000 for fiscal year 2018.

(C) $265,000,000 for fiscal year 2019.

(D) $278,000,000 for fiscal year 2020.

(E) $292,000,000 for fiscal year 2021.

(F) $307,000,000 for fiscal year 2022.

(G) $322,000,000 for fiscal year 2023.

(H) $338,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.

(I) $355,000,000 for fiscal year 2025.

(J) $373,000,000 for fiscal year 2026.

(2) For the purpose of carrying out nursing workforce development programs authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, in addition to any other amounts authorized to be appropriated for such purpose, there is authorized to be appropriated out of any monies in the Health Professions Workforce Fund, the following:

(A) $115,000,000 for fiscal year 2017.

(B) $122,000,000 for fiscal year 2018.

(C) $127,000,000 for fiscal year 2019.

(D) $134,000,000 for fiscal year 2020.

(E) $140,000,000 for fiscal year 2021.

(F) $147,000,000 for fiscal year 2022.

(G) $154,000,000 for fiscal year 2023.

(H) $162,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.

(I) $170,000,000 for fiscal year 2025.

(J) $179,000,000 for fiscal year 2026.

SEC. 312. Findings; sense of Congress relating to graduate medical education.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:

(1) Projections by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and other expert entities, such as the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), have indicated a nationwide shortage of up to 90,400 physicians, split evenly between primary care and specialists, by 2025.

(2) Primarily due to the growing and aging population, over the next decade, physician demand is expected to grow up to 17 percent.

(3) The United States Census Bureau estimates that the United States population will grow from 321 million in 2015 to 347 million in 2025. Further, the number of Medicare beneficiaries is estimated to increase from 47.8 million in 2015 to approximately 66 million in 2025.

(4) Approximately 36 percent of practicing physicians are over the age of 55 and are likely to retire within the next decade.

(5) A nationwide physician shortage will result in many Americans waiting longer and traveling farther for health care; seeking nonemergent care in emergency departments; and delaying treatment until their health care needs become more serious, complex, and costly.

(6) Changing demographics (such as an aging population), new health care delivery models (such as medical homes), and other factors (such as disaster preparedness) are contributing to a shortage of both generalist and specialist physicians.

(7) These shortages will have the most severe impact on vulnerable and underserved populations, including racial/ethnic minorities and the approximately 20 percent of Americans who live in rural or inner-city locations designated as health professional shortage areas.

(8) United States medical schools have committed to and have initiated a 30 percent increase in enrollment by 2017 to help reduce the Nation’s shortage of quality physicians.

(9) An increase in United States medical school graduates must be accompanied by an increase of 4,000 graduate medical education (GME) training positions each year.

(10) Graduate medical education programs and teaching hospitals provide venues in which the next generation of physicians learns to work collaboratively with other physicians and health professionals, adopt more efficient care delivery models (such as care coordination and medical homes), incorporate health information technology and electronic health records in every aspect of their work, apply new methods of assuring quality and safety, and participate in groundbreaking clinical and public health research.

(11) The Medicare Program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (having more beneficiaries than any other health care program), supports its “fair share” of the costs associated with graduate medical education (GME).

(12) In general, the level of support of graduate medical education by the Medicare Program has been capped since 1997 and has not been increased to support the expansion of graduate medical education programs needed to avert the projected physician shortage or to accommodate the increase in United States medical school graduates.

(b) Sense of Congress.—It is the sense of Congress that eliminating the limit of the number of residency positions that receive some level of Medicare support under section 1886(h) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(h)), also referred to as the Medical graduate medical education cap, is critical to—

(1) ensuring an appropriate supply of physicians to meet the Nation’s health care needs;

(2) facilitating equitable access for all who seek health care; and

(3) mitigating disparities in health and health care.

SEC. 313. Career support for skilled, internationally educated health professionals.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:

(1) According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, projections indicate a nationwide shortage of up to 250,000 public health workers needed by 2020.

(2) Similar trends are projected for other health professions indicating shortages across disciplines, including within the fields of nursing (500,000 by 2025), dentistry (15,000 by 2025), pharmacy (38,000 by 2030), mental and behavioral health, primary care (46,000 by 2025), and community and allied health.

(3) A nationwide health workforce shortage will result in serious health threats and more severe and costly health care needs, due to, in part, a delayed response to food-borne outbreaks, emerging infectious diseases, natural disasters, fewer cancer screenings, and delayed treatment.

(4) Vulnerable and underserved populations and health professional shortage areas will be most severely impacted by the health workforce shortage.

(5) According to the Migration Policy Institute, over 2,000,000 college-educated immigrants in the United States today are unemployed or underemployed in low- or semi-skilled jobs that fail to draw on their education and expertise.

(6) Approximately 2 out of every 5 internationally educated immigrants are unemployed or underemployed.

(7) According to Drexel University Center for Labor Markets and Policy, underemployment for internationally educated immigrant women is 28 percent higher than for their male counterparts.

(8) According to the Drexel University Center for labor markets and policy, the mean annual earnings of underemployed immigrants were $32,000, or 43 percent less than United States born college graduates employed in the college labor market.

(9) According to Upwardly Global and the Welcome Back Initiative, with proper guidance and support, underemployed skilled immigrants typically increase their income by 215 percent to 900 percent.

(10) According to the Brookings Institution and the Partnership for a New American Economy, immigrants working in the health workforce are, on average, better educated than United States-born workers in the health workforce.

(b) Grants to eligible entities.—

(1) AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE GRANTS.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services acting through the Bureau of Health Workforce within the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, or the Office of Minority Health (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) may award grants to eligible entities to carry out activities described in subsection (c).

(2) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall—

(A) be a clinical, public health, or health services organization, a community-based or nonprofit entity, an academic institution, a faith-based organization, a State, county, or local government, an Area Health Education Center, or another entity determined appropriate by the Secretary; and

(B) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c) Authorized activities.—A grant awarded under this section shall be used—

(1) to provide services to assist unemployed and underemployed skilled immigrants, residing in the United States, who have legal, permanent work authorization and who are internationally educated health professionals, enter into the American health workforce with employment matching their health professional skills and education, and advance in employment to positions that better match their health professional education and expertise;

(2) to provide training opportunities to reduce barriers to entry and advancement in the health workforce for skilled, internationally educated immigrants;

(3) to educate employers regarding the abilities and capacities of internationally educated health professionals;

(4) to assist in the evaluation of foreign credentials; and

(5) to facilitate access to contextualized and accelerated courses on English as a second language.

(d) Definition.—In this section:

(1) The term “health professional” means an individual trained for employment or intended employment in the field of public health, health management, dentistry, health administration, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, social work, psychiatry, other mental and behavioral health, allied health, community health or wellness work, including fitness and nutrition, or other fields as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(2) The term “underemployed” means being employed at less skilled tasks than an employee’s training or abilities would otherwise permit.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 401. Short title.

This subtitle may be cited as the “Health Empowerment Zone Act of 2016”.

SEC. 402. Findings.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) Numerous studies and reports, including the 2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report of the Administration on Healthcare Research and Quality and the 2002 Unequal Treatment Report of the Institute of Medicine, document the extensiveness to which health disparities exist across the country.

(2) These studies have found that, on average, racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately afflicted with chronic and acute conditions—such as cancer, diabetes, musculoskeletal disease, obesity, and hypertension—and suffer worse health outcomes, worse health status, and higher mortality rates than their White counterparts.

(3) Several recent studies also show that health disparities are a function of not only access to health care, but also the social determinants of health—including the environment, the physical structure of communities, nutrition and food options, educational attainment, employment, race, ethnicity, geography, and language preference—that directly and indirectly affect the health, health care, and wellness of individuals and communities.

(4) Integrally involving and fully supporting the communities most affected by health inequities in the assessment, planning, launch, and evaluation of health disparity elimination efforts are among the leading recommendations made to adequately address and ultimately reduce health disparities.

(5) Recommendations also include supporting the efforts of community stakeholders from a broad cross section—including, but not limited to local businesses, local departments of commerce, education, labor, urban planning, and transportation, and community-based and other nonprofit organizations, including national and regional intermediaries with demonstrated capacity to serve low-income urban communities—to find areas of common ground around health disparity elimination and collaborate to improve the overall health and wellness of a community and its residents.

SEC. 403. Designation of health empowerment zones.

(a) In general.—At the request of an eligible community partnership, the Secretary may designate an eligible area as a health empowerment zone.

(b) Eligibility criteria.—

(1) ELIGIBLE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP.—A community partnership is eligible to submit a request under this section if the partnership—

(A) demonstrates widespread public support from key individuals and entities in the eligible area, including members of the target community, State and local governments, nonprofit organizations including national and regional intermediaries with demonstrated capacity to serve low-income urban communities, and community and industry leaders, for designation of the eligible area as a health empowerment zone; and

(B) includes representatives of—

(i) a broad cross section of stakeholders and residents from communities in the eligible area experiencing disproportionate disparities in health status and health care; and

(ii) organizations, facilities, and institutions that have a history of working within and serving such communities.

(2) ELIGIBLE AREA.—An area is eligible to be designated as a health empowerment zone under this section if one or more communities in the area experience disproportionate disparities in health status and health care. In determining whether a community experiences such disparities, the Secretary shall consider the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services focusing on the following areas:

(A) Access to affordable, high-quality health services.

(B) The prevalence of disproportionate rates of certain illnesses or diseases including the following:

(i) Arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic back conditions, and other musculoskeletal diseases.

(ii) Cancer.

(iii) Chronic kidney disease.

(iv) Diabetes.

(v) Injury (intentional and unintentional).

(vi) Violence (intimate and nonintimate).

(vii) Maternal and paternal illnesses and diseases.

(viii) Infant mortality.

(ix) Mental illness and other disabilities.

(x) Substance abuse treatment and prevention, including underage drinking.

(xi) Nutrition, obesity, and overweight conditions.

(xii) Heart disease.

(xiii) Hypertension.

(xiv) Cerebrovascular disease or stroke.

(xv) Tuberculosis.

(xvi) HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

(xvii) Viral hepatitis.

(xviii) Asthma.

(xix) Tooth decay and other oral health issues.

(C) Within the target community, the historical and persistent presence of conditions that have been found to contribute to health disparities including any such conditions respecting the following:

(i) Poverty.

(ii) Educational status and the quality of community schools.

(iii) Income.

(iv) Access to high-quality affordable health care.

(v) Work and work environment.

(vi) Environmental conditions in the community, including with respect to clean water, clean air, and the presence or absence of pollutants.

(vii) Language and English proficiency.

(viii) Access to affordable healthy food.

(ix) Access to ethnically and culturally diverse health and human service providers and practitioners.

(x) Access to culturally and linguistically competent health and human services and health and human service providers.

(xi) Health-supporting infrastructure.

(xii) Health insurance that is adequate and affordable.

(xiii) Race, racism, and bigotry (conscious and unconscious).

(xiv) Sexual orientation.

(xv) Health literacy.

(xvi) Place of residence (such as urban areas, rural areas, and tribal reservations).

(xvii) Stress.

(c) Procedure.—

(1) REQUEST.—A request under subsection (a) shall—

(A) describe the bounds of the area to be designated as a health empowerment zone and the process used to select those bounds;

(B) demonstrate that the partnership submitting the request is an eligible community partnership described in subsection (b)(1);

(C) demonstrate that the area is an eligible area described in subsection (b)(2);

(D) include a comprehensive assessment of disparities in health status and health care experience by one or more communities in the area;

(E) set forth—

(i) a vision and a set of values for the area; and

(ii) a comprehensive and holistic set of goals to be achieved in the area through designation as a health empowerment zone; and

(F) include a strategic plan and an action plan for achieving the goals described in subparagraph (E)(ii).

(2) APPROVAL.—Not later than 60 days after the receipt of a request for designation of an area as a health empowerment zone under this section, the Secretary shall approve or disapprove the request.

(d) Minimum number.—The Secretary—

(1) shall designate not more than 110 health empowerment zones under this section; and

(2) shall designate at least one health empowerment zone in each of the several States, the District of Columbia, and each territory or possession of the United States.

SEC. 404. Assistance to those seeking designation.

At the request of any organization or entity seeking to submit a request under section 403(a), the Secretary shall provide technical assistance, and may award a grant, to assist such organization or entity—

(1) to form an eligible community partnership described in section 403(b)(1);

(2) to complete a health assessment, including an assessment of health disparities under section 403(c)(1)(D); or

(3) to prepare and submit a request, including a strategic plan, in accordance with section 403.

SEC. 405. Benefits of designation.

(a) Priority.—In awarding any competitive grant, a Federal official shall give priority to any applicant that—

(1) meets the eligibility criteria for the grant;

(2) proposes to use the grant for activities in a health empowerment zone; and

(3) demonstrates that such activities will directly and significantly further the goals of the strategic plan approved for such zone under section 403.

(b) Grants for initial implementation of strategic plan.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Upon designating an eligible area as a health empowerment zone at the request of an eligible community partnership, the Secretary shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, make a grant to the community partnership for implementation of the strategic plan for such zone.

(2) GRANT PERIOD.—A grant under paragraph (1) for a health empowerment zone shall be for a period of 2 years and may be renewed, except that the total period of grants under paragraph (1) for such zone may not exceed 10 years.

(3) LIMITATION.—In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall not give less priority to an applicant or reduce the amount of a grant because the Secretary rendered technical assistance or made a grant to the same applicant under section 404.

(4) REPORTING.—The Secretary shall require each recipient of a grant under this subsection to report to the Secretary not less than every 6 months on the progress in implementing the strategic plan for the health empowerment zone.

SEC. 406. Definition.

In this subtitle, the term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, and in cooperation with the Director of the Office of Community Services and the Director of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities.

SEC. 407. Authorization of appropriations.

To carry out this subtitle, there is authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2017.

SEC. 411. Amendment to the Public Health Service Act.

Title XXXIV of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by titles I, II, III, and IX of this Act, is further amended by inserting after subtitle C the following:

“subtitle DReconstruction and Improvement Grants for Public Health Care Facilities Serving Pacific Islanders and the Insular Areas

“SEC. 3451. Grant support for quality improvement initiatives.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, in collaboration with the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shall award grants to eligible entities for the conduct of demonstration projects to improve the quality of and access to health care.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall—

“(1) be a health center, hospital, health plan, health system, community clinic. or other health entity determined appropriate by the Secretary—

“(A) that, by legal mandate or explicitly adopted mission, provides patients with access to services regardless of their ability to pay;

“(B) that provides care or treatment for a substantial number of patients who are uninsured, are receiving assistance under a State program under title XIX of the Social Security Act, or are members of vulnerable populations, as determined by the Secretary; and

“(C) (i) with respect to which, not less than 50 percent of the entity’s patient population is made up of racial and ethnic minorities; or

“(ii) that—

“(I) serves a disproportionate percentage of local, minority racial and ethnic patients, or that has a patient population, at least 50 percent of which is limited-English-proficient; and

“(II) provides an assurance that amounts received under the grant will be used only to support quality improvement activities in the racial and ethnic population served; and

“(2) prepare and submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

“(c) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give priority to applicants under subsection (b)(2) that—

“(1) demonstrate an intent to operate as part of a health care partnership, network, collaborative, coalition, or alliance where each member entity contributes to the design, implementation, and evaluation of the proposed intervention; or

“(2) intend to use funds to carry out systemwide changes with respect to health care quality improvement, including—

“(A) improved systems for data collection and reporting;

“(B) innovative collaborative or similar processes;

“(C) group programs with behavioral or self-management interventions;

“(D) case management services;

“(E) physician or patient reminder systems;

“(F) educational interventions; or

“(G) other activities determined appropriate by the Secretary.

“(d) Use of funds.—An entity shall use amounts received under a grant under subsection (a) to support the implementation and evaluation of health care quality improvement activities or minority health and health care disparity reduction activities that include—

“(1) with respect to health care systems, activities relating to improving—

“(A) patient safety;

“(B) timeliness of care;

“(C) effectiveness of care;

“(D) efficiency of care;

“(E) patient centeredness; and

“(F) health information technology; and

“(2) with respect to patients, activities relating to—

“(A) staying healthy;

“(B) getting well, mentally and physically;

“(C) living effectively with illness or disability; and

“(D) coping with end-of-life issues.

“(e) Common data systems.—The Secretary shall provide financial and other technical assistance to grantees under this section for the development of common data systems.

“(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3452. Centers of excellence.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall designate centers of excellence at public hospitals, and other health systems serving large numbers of minority patients, that—

“(1) meet the requirements of section 3451(b)(1);

“(2) demonstrate excellence in providing care to minority populations; and

“(3) demonstrate excellence in reducing disparities in health and health care.

“(b) Requirements.—A hospital or health system that serves as a center of excellence under subsection (a) shall—

“(1) design, implement, and evaluate programs and policies relating to the delivery of care in racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse populations;

“(2) provide training and technical assistance to other hospitals and health systems relating to the provision of quality health care to minority populations; and

“(3) develop activities for graduate or continuing medical education that institutionalize a focus on cultural competence training for health care providers.

“(c) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

“SEC. 3453. Reconstruction and improvement grants for Public Health care facilities serving Pacific Islanders and the insular areas.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary shall provide direct financial assistance to designated health care providers and community health centers in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii for the purposes of reconstructing and improving health care facilities and services in a culturally competent and sustainable manner.

“(b) Eligibility.—To be eligible to receive direct financial assistance under subsection (a), an entity shall be a public health facility or community health center located in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Hawaii that—

“(1) is owned or operated by—

“(A) the Government of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Hawaii or a unit of local government; or

“(B) a nonprofit organization; and

“(2) (A) provides care or treatment for a substantial number of patients who are uninsured, receiving assistance under a State program under a title XVIII of the Social Security Act, or a State program under title XIX of such Act, or who are members of a vulnerable population, as determined by the Secretary; or

“(B) serves a disproportionate percentage of local, minority racial and ethnic patients.

“(c) Report.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this title and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress and the President a report that includes an assessment of health resources and facilities serving populations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. In preparing such report, the Secretary shall—

“(1) consult with and obtain information on all health care facilities needs from the entities described in subsection (b);

“(2) include all amounts of Federal assistance received by each entity in the preceding fiscal year;

“(3) review the total unmet needs of each jurisdiction for health care facilities, including needs for renovation and expansion of existing facilities;

“(4) include a strategic plan for addressing the needs of each jurisdiction identified in the report; and

“(5) evaluate the effectiveness of the care provided by measuring patient outcomes and cost measures.

“(d) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as necessary to carry out this section.”.

SEC. 412. Removing citizenship and immigration barriers to access to affordable health care under the ACA.

(a) In general.—

(1) PREMIUM TAX CREDITS.—Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(A) in subsection (c)(1)(B)—

(i) by amending the subparagraph heading to read as follows: “Special rule for certain individuals ineligible for Medicaid due to status”, and

(ii) in clause (ii), by striking “lawfully present in the United States, but” and inserting “who”, and

(B) by striking subsection (e).

(2) COST-SHARING REDUCTIONS.—Section 1402 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18071) is amended by striking subsection (e).

(3) BASIC HEALTH PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY.—Section 1331(e)(1)(B) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18051(e)(1)(B)) is amended by striking “lawfully present in the United States”.

(4) RESTRICTIONS ON FEDERAL PAYMENTS.—Section 1412 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18082) is amended by striking subsection (d).

(5) REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.—Subsection (d) of section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking paragraph (3) and by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (3).

(b) Conforming amendment.—

(1) Section 1411(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18081(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (1) and redesignating paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) as paragraphs (1), (2), and (3), respectively.

(2) Section 1312(f) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18032(f)) is amended—

(A) in the subsection heading, by striking “access limited to citizens and lawful residents”; and

(B) by striking paragraph (3).

SEC. 413. Study on the uninsured.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) shall—

(1) conduct a study, in accordance with the standards under section 3101 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300kk), on the demographic characteristics of the population of individuals who do not have health insurance coverage; and

(2) predict, based on such study, the demographic characteristics of the population of individuals who would remain without health insurance coverage after the end of open enrollment or any special enrollment period.

(b) Reporting requirements.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress the results of the study under subsection (a)(1) and the prediction made under subsection (a)(2).

(2) REPORTING OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS.—The Secretary shall report the demographic characteristics under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) on the basis of racial and ethnic group, and shall stratify the reporting on each racial and ethnic group by other demographic characteristics that can impact access to health insurance coverage, such as sexual orientation, gender identity, primary language, disability status, sex, socioeconomic status, age group, and citizenship and immigration status, in a manner consistent with title I of this Act.

SEC. 414. Medicaid payment parity for the territories.

(a) Elimination of funding limitations for Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1108 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1308) is amended—

(A) in subsection (f), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking “subsection (g)” and inserting “subsections (g) and (h)”;

(B) in subsection (g)(2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)—

(i) by striking “Notwithstanding subsection (f) and subject to and” and inserting “Notwithstanding subsection (f) and subject to”; and

(ii) by striking “paragraphs (3) and (5)” and inserting “, paragraphs (3) and (5) of this subsection, and subsection (h)”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(h) Sunset of funding limitations for Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.—Subsections (f) and (g) shall not apply to Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa for any fiscal year after fiscal year 2017.”.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 1903(u) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396c(u)) is amended by striking paragraph (4).

(3) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this subsection shall apply beginning with fiscal year 2018.

(b) Parity in FMAP.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(b)) is amended by inserting after “and American Samoa shall be 55 percent,” the following: “(except that, beginning with fiscal year 2020, the Federal medical assistance percentage for Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa shall be the Federal medical assistance percentage determined by the Secretary in consultation (for the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) with the Secretary of the Interior)”.

(2) 2-FISCAL-YEAR TRANSITION.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, during fiscal years 2018 and 2019, the Federal medical assistance percentage established under section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(b)) for Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa shall be the highest such Federal medical assistance percentage applicable to any of the 50 States or the District of Columbia for the fiscal year involved.

(3) PER CAPITA INCOME DATA.—

(A) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than October 1, 2018, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to Congress a report that describes the per capita income data used to promulgate the Federal medical assistance percentage in the territories and how such data differ from the per capita income data used to promulgate Federal medical assistance percentages for the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The report should include recommendations on how the Federal medical assistance percentages can be calculated for the territories to ensure parity with the 50 States and the District of Columbia.

(B) APPLICATION.—Section 1101(a)(8)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1308(a)(8)(B)) is amended—

(i) by striking “(other than Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and Guam)” and inserting “(including Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa)”; and

(ii) by inserting “(or, if such satisfactory data are not available in the case of the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa, satisfactory data available from the Department of the Interior for the same period, or if such satisfactory data are not available in the case of Puerto Rico, satisfactory data available from the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the same period)” after “Department of Commerce”.

SEC. 415. Extension of Medicare secondary payer.

(a) In general.—Section 1862(b)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(1)(C)) is amended—

(1) in the last sentence, by inserting “, and before January 1, 2017” after “prior to such date)”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new sentence: “Effective for items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2017 (with respect to periods beginning on or after the date that is 42 months prior to such date), clauses (i) and (ii) shall be applied by substituting ‘42-month’ for ‘12-month’ each place it appears in the first sentence.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act. For purposes of determining an individual’s status under section 1862(b)(1)(C) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(1)(C)), as amended by subsection (a), an individual who is within the coordinating period as of the date of enactment of this Act shall have that period extended to the full 42 months described in the last sentence of such section, as added by the amendment made by subsection (a)(2).

SEC. 416. Border health grants.

(a) Eligible entity defined.—In this section, the term “eligible entity” means a State, public institution of higher education, local government, tribal government, nonprofit health organization, community health center, or community clinic receiving assistance under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b), that is located in the border area.

(b) Authorization.—From funds appropriated under subsection (f), the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”), acting through the United States members of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, shall award grants to eligible entities to address priorities and recommendations to improve the health of border area residents that are established by—

(1) the United States members of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission;

(2) the State border health offices; and

(3) the Secretary.

(c) Application.—An eligible entity that desires a grant under subsection (b) shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(d) Use of funds.—An eligible entity that receives a grant under subsection (b) shall use the grant funds for—

(1) programs relating to—

(A) maternal and child health;

(B) primary care and preventative health;

(C) public health and public health infrastructure;

(D) musculoskeletal health and obesity;

(E) health education and promotion;

(F) oral health;

(G) mental and behavioral health;

(H) substance abuse;

(I) health conditions that have a high prevalence in the border area;

(J) medical and health services research;

(K) workforce training and development;

(L) community health workers, patient navigators, and promotoras;

(M) health care infrastructure problems in the border area (including planning and construction grants);

(N) health disparities in the border area;

(O) environmental health; and

(P) outreach and enrollment services with respect to Federal programs (including programs authorized under titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 and 1397aa)); and

(2) other programs determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(e) Supplement, not supplant.—Amounts provided to an eligible entity awarded a grant under subsection (b) shall be used to supplement and not supplant other funds available to the eligible entity to carry out the activities described in subsection (d).

(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, and such sums as may be necessary for each succeeding fiscal year.

SEC. 417. Removing Medicare barrier to health care.

(a) Part A.—Section 1818(a)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i–2(a)(3)) is amended by striking “an alien” and all that follows through “under this section” and inserting “an individual who is lawfully present in the United States”.

(b) Part B.—Section 1836(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395o(2)) is amended by striking “an alien” and all that follows through “under this part” and inserting “an individual who is lawfully present in the United States”.

SEC. 418. 100 percent FMAP for medical assistance provided by urban Indian health centers.

(a) In general.—The third sentence of section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396(b)) is amended by inserting “or are received through a program operated by an urban Indian organization through a grant or contract under title V of such Act” after “(as defined in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act)”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to medical assistance provided on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 419. 100 percent FMAP for medical assistance provided to a Native Hawaiian through a federally qualified health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system under the Medicaid program.

(a) In general.—The third sentence of section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(b)), as amended by section 418(a), is amended by inserting before the period the following: “; and, with respect to medical assistance provided to a Native Hawaiian (as defined in section 12(2) of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act) through a federally qualified health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system (as defined in section 12(6) of such Act), whether directly, by referral, or under contract or other arrangement between such federally qualified health center or Native Hawaiian health care system and another health care provider”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to medical assistance provided on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 431. Grants for racial and ethnic approaches to community health.

(a) Purpose.—It is the purpose of this section to provide for the awarding of grants to assist communities in mobilizing and organizing resources in support of effective and sustainable programs that will reduce or eliminate disparities in health and health care experienced by racial and ethnic minority individuals.

(b) Authority To Award Grants.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, shall award grants to eligible entities to assist in designing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically appropriate, science-based, and community-driven sustainable strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic health and health care disparities.

(c) Eligible Entities.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall—

(1) represent a coalition—

(A) whose principal purpose is to develop and implement interventions to reduce or eliminate a health or health care disparity in a targeted racial or ethnic minority group in the community served by the coalition; and

(B) that includes—

(i) members selected from among—

(I) public health departments;

(II) community-based organizations;

(III) university and research organizations;

(IV) American Indian tribal organizations, national American Indian organizations, Indian Health Service, or organizations serving Alaska Natives; and

(V) interested public or private health care providers or organizations as deemed appropriate by the Secretary; and

(ii) at least 1 member from a community-based organization that represents the targeted racial or ethnic minority group; and

(2) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, which shall include—

(A) a description of the targeted racial or ethnic populations in the community to be served under the grant;

(B) a description of at least 1 health disparity that exists in the racial or ethnic targeted populations, including health issues such as infant mortality, breast and cervical cancer screening and management, musculoskeletal diseases and obesity, prostate cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, child and adult immunization levels, or other health priority areas as designated by the Secretary; and

(C) a demonstration of a proven record of accomplishment of the coalition members in serving and working with the targeted community.

(d) Sustainability.—The Secretary shall give priority to an eligible entity under this section if the entity agrees that, with respect to the costs to be incurred by the entity in carrying out the activities for which the grant was awarded, the entity (and each of the participating partners in the coalition represented by the entity) will maintain its expenditures of non-Federal funds for such activities at a level that is not less than the level of such expenditures during the fiscal year immediately preceding the first fiscal year for which the grant is awarded.

(e) Nonduplication.—Funds provided through this grant program should supplement, not supplant, existing Federal funding, and the funds should not be used to duplicate the activities of the other health disparity grant programs in this Act.

(f) Technical Assistance.—The Secretary may, either directly or by grant or contract, provide any entity that receives a grant under this section with technical and other nonfinancial assistance necessary to meet the requirements of this section.

(g) Dissemination.—The Secretary shall encourage and enable grantees to share best practices, evaluation results, and reports with communities not affiliated with grantees using the Internet, conferences, and other pertinent information regarding the projects funded by this section, including the outreach efforts of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparity Elimination and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(h) Administrative Burdens.—The Secretary shall make every effort to minimize duplicative or unnecessary administrative burdens on grantees.

(i) Definition.—In this section, the term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(j) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.

SEC. 432. Critical access hospital improvements.

(a) Elimination of isolation test for cost-Based ambulance reimbursement.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1834(l)(8) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(l)(8)) is amended—

(A) in subparagraph (B)—

(i) by striking “owned and”; and

(ii) by inserting “(including when such services are provided by the entity under an arrangement with the hospital)” after “hospital”; and

(B) by striking the comma at the end of subparagraph (B) and all that follows and inserting a period.

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this subsection shall apply to services furnished on or after January 1, 2015.

(b) Provision of a more flexible alternative to the CAH designation 25 inpatient bed limit requirement.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1820(c)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i–4(c)(2)) is amended—

(A) in subparagraph (B)(iii), by striking “provides not more than” and inserting “subject to subparagraph (F), provides not more than”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(F) ALTERNATIVE TO 25 INPATIENT BED LIMIT REQUIREMENT.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—A State may elect to treat a facility, with respect to the designation of the facility for a cost-reporting period, as satisfying the requirement of subparagraph (B)(iii) relating to a maximum number of acute care inpatient beds if the facility elects, in accordance with a method specified by the Secretary and before the beginning of the cost reporting period, to meet the requirement under clause (ii).

“(ii) ALTERNATE REQUIREMENT.—The requirement under this clause, with respect to a facility and a cost-reporting period, is that the total number of inpatient bed days described in subparagraph (B)(iii) during such period will not exceed 7,300. For purposes of this subparagraph, an individual who is an inpatient in a bed in the facility for a single day shall be counted as one inpatient bed day.

“(iii) WITHDRAWAL OF ELECTION.—The option described in clause (i) shall not apply to a facility for a cost-reporting period if the facility (for any two consecutive cost-reporting periods during the previous 5 cost-reporting periods) was treated under such option and had a total number of inpatient bed days for each of such two cost-reporting periods that exceeded the number specified in such clause.”.

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall apply to cost-reporting periods beginning on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 433. Establishment of Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Program.

(a) In general.—Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x), as amended by section 205(b)(1), is amended by adding at the end of the following new subsection:

“Rural Community Hospital; Rural Community Hospital Services

“(jjj) (1) The term ‘rural community hospital’ means a hospital (as defined in subsection (e)) that—

“(A) is located in a rural area (as defined in section 1886(d)(2)(D)) or treated as being so located pursuant to section 1886(d)(8)(E);

“(B) subject to paragraph (2), has less than 51 acute care inpatient beds, as reported in its most recent cost report;

“(C) makes available 24-hour emergency care services;

“(D) subject to paragraph (3), has a provider agreement in effect with the Secretary and is open to the public as of January 1, 2010; and

“(E) applies to the Secretary for such designation.

“(2) For purposes of paragraph (1)(B), beds in a psychiatric or rehabilitation unit of the hospital which is a distinct part of the hospital shall not be counted.

“(3) Paragraph (1)(D) shall not be construed to prohibit any of the following from qualifying as a rural community hospital:

“(A) A replacement facility (as defined by the Secretary in regulations in effect on January 1, 2012) with the same service area (as defined by the Secretary in regulations in effect on such date).

“(B) A facility obtaining a new provider number pursuant to a change of ownership.

“(C) A facility which has a binding written agreement with an outside, unrelated party for the construction, reconstruction, lease, rental, or financing of a building as of January 1, 2012.

“(4) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as prohibiting a critical access hospital from qualifying as a rural community hospital if the critical access hospital meets the conditions otherwise applicable to hospitals under subsection (e) and section 1866.

“(5) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as prohibiting a rural community hospital participating in the demonstration program under section 410A of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (Public Law 108–173; 117 Stat. 2313) from qualifying as a rural community hospital if the rural community hospital meets the conditions otherwise applicable to hospitals under subsection (e) and section 1866.”.

(b) Payment.—

(1) INPATIENT HOSPITAL SERVICES.—Section 1814 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“Payment For Inpatient Services Furnished In Rural Community Hospitals

“(m) The amount of payment under this part for inpatient hospital services furnished in a rural community hospital, other than such services furnished in a psychiatric or rehabilitation unit of the hospital which is a distinct part, is, at the election of the hospital in the application referred to in section 1861(jjj)(1)(E)—

“(1) 101 percent of the reasonable costs of providing such services, without regard to the amount of the customary or other charge, or

“(2) the amount of payment provided for under the prospective payment system for inpatient hospital services under section 1886(d).”.

(2) OUTPATIENT SERVICES.—Section 1834 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(p) Payment for outpatient services furnished in rural community hospitals.—The amount of payment under this part for outpatient services furnished in a rural community hospital is, at the election of the hospital in the application referred to in section 1861(jjj)(1)(E)—

“(1) 101 percent of the reasonable costs of providing such services, without regard to the amount of the customary or other charge and any limitation under section 1861(v)(1)(U), or

“(2) the amount of payment provided for under the prospective payment system for covered OPD services under section 1833(t).”.

(3) EXEMPTION FROM 30-PERCENT REDUCTION IN REIMBURSEMENT FOR BAD DEBT.—Section 1861(v)(1)(T) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(v)(1)(T)) is amended by inserting “(other than for a rural community hospital)” after “In determining such reasonable costs for hospitals”.

(c) Beneficiary cost-Sharing for outpatient services.—Section 1834(p) of such Act (as added by subsection (b)(2)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively;

(2) by inserting “(1)” after “(p)”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) The amounts of beneficiary cost-sharing for outpatient services furnished in a rural community hospital under this part shall be as follows:

“(A) For items and services that would have been paid under section 1833(t) if provided by a hospital, the amount of cost-sharing determined under paragraph (8) of such section.

“(B) For items and services that would have been paid under section 1833(h) if furnished by a provider or supplier, no cost-sharing shall apply.

“(C) For all other items and services, the amount of cost-sharing that would apply to the item or service under the methodology that would be used to determine payment for such item or service if provided by a physician, provider, or supplier, as the case may be.”.

(d) Conforming amendments.—

(1) PART A PAYMENT.—Section 1814(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(b)) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by inserting “other than inpatient hospital services furnished by a rural community hospital,” after “critical access hospital services,”.

(2) PART B PAYMENT.—Section 1833(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)), as amended by section 205(b)(3), is amended—

(A) in paragraph (2), in the matter before subparagraph (A), by striking “and (I)” and inserting “(I), and (K)”;

(B) by striking “and” at the end of paragraph (9);

(C) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (10) and inserting “; and”; and

(D) by adding at the end the following:

“(11) in the case of outpatient services furnished by a rural community hospital, the amounts described in section 1834(p).”.

(3) TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS.—

(A) CONSULTATION WITH STATE AGENCIES.—Section 1863 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395z) is amended by striking “and (dd)(2)” and inserting “(dd)(2), (mm)(1), and (jjj)(1)”.

(B) PROVIDER AGREEMENTS.—Section 1866(a)(2)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395cc(a)(2)(A)) is amended by inserting “section 1834(p)(2),” after “section 1833(b),”.

(e) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to items and services furnished on or after October 1, 2016.

SEC. 434. Medicare remote monitoring pilot projects.

(a) Pilot projects.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 9 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) shall conduct pilot projects under title XVIII of the Social Security Act for the purpose of providing incentives to home health agencies to utilize home monitoring and communications technologies that—

(A) enhance health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries; and

(B) reduce expenditures under such title.

(2) SITE REQUIREMENTS.—

(A) URBAN AND RURAL.—The Secretary shall conduct the pilot projects under this section in both urban and rural areas.

(B) SITE IN A SMALL STATE.—The Secretary shall conduct at least 3 of the pilot projects in a State with a population of less than 1,000,000.

(3) DEFINITION OF HOME HEALTH AGENCY.—In this section, the term “home health agency” has the meaning given that term in section 1861(o) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(o)).

(b) Medicare beneficiaries within the scope of projects.—The Secretary shall specify the criteria for identifying those Medicare beneficiaries who shall be considered within the scope of the pilot projects under this section for purposes of the application of subsection (c) and for the assessment of the effectiveness of the home health agency in achieving the objectives of this section. Such criteria may provide for the inclusion in the projects of Medicare beneficiaries who begin receiving home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act after the date of the implementation of the projects.

(c) Incentives.—

(1) PERFORMANCE TARGETS.—The Secretary shall establish for each home health agency participating in a pilot project under this section a performance target using one of the following methodologies, as determined appropriate by the Secretary:

(A) ADJUSTED HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE TARGET.—The Secretary shall establish for the agency—

(i) a base expenditure amount equal to the average total payments made to the agency under parts A and B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act for Medicare beneficiaries determined to be within the scope of the pilot project in a base period determined by the Secretary; and

(ii) an annual per capita expenditure target for such beneficiaries, reflecting the base expenditure amount adjusted for risk and adjusted growth rates.

(B) COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE TARGET.—The Secretary shall establish for the agency a comparative performance target equal to the average total payments under such parts A and B during the pilot project for comparable individuals in the same geographic area that are not determined to be within the scope of the pilot project.

(2) INCENTIVE.—Subject to paragraph (3), the Secretary shall pay to each participating home care agency an incentive payment for each year under the pilot project equal to a portion of the Medicare savings realized for such year relative to the performance target under paragraph (1).

(3) LIMITATION ON EXPENDITURES.—The Secretary shall limit incentive payments under this section in order to ensure that the aggregate expenditures under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (including incentive payments under this subsection) do not exceed the amount that the Secretary estimates would have been expended if the pilot projects under this section had not been implemented.

(d) Waiver authority.—The Secretary may waive such provisions of titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act as the Secretary determines to be appropriate for the conduct of the pilot projects under this section.

(e) Report to Congress.—Not later than 5 years after the date that the first pilot project under this section is implemented, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the pilot projects. Such report shall contain a detailed description of issues related to the expansion of the projects under subsection (f) and recommendations for such legislation and administrative actions as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(f) Expansion.—If the Secretary determines that any of the pilot projects under this section enhance health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce expenditures under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, the Secretary may initiate comparable projects in additional areas.

(g) Incentive payments have no effect on other Medicare payments to agencies.—An incentive payment under this section—

(1) shall be in addition to the payments that a home health agency would otherwise receive under title XVIII of the Social Security Act for the provision of home health services; and

(2) shall have no effect on the amount of such payments.

SEC. 435. Rural health quality advisory commission and demonstration projects.

(a) Rural Health Quality Advisory Commission.—

(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) shall establish a commission to be known as the Rural Health Quality Advisory Commission (in this section referred to as the “Commission”).

(2) DUTIES OF COMMISSION.—

(A) NATIONAL PLAN.—The Commission shall develop, coordinate, and facilitate implementation of a national plan for rural health quality improvement. The national plan shall—

(i) identify objectives for rural health quality improvement;

(ii) identify strategies to eliminate known gaps in rural health system capacity and improve rural health quality; and

(iii) provide for Federal programs to identify opportunities for strengthening and aligning policies and programs to improve rural health quality.

(B) DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.—The Commission shall design demonstration projects to test alternative models for rural health quality improvement, including with respect to both personal and population health.

(C) MONITORING.—The Commission shall monitor progress toward the objectives identified pursuant to paragraph (1)(A).

(3) MEMBERSHIP.—

(A) NUMBER.—The Commission shall be composed of 11 members appointed by the Secretary.

(B) SELECTION.—The Secretary shall select the members of the Commission from among individuals with significant rural health care and health care quality expertise, including expertise in clinical health care, health care quality research, population or public health, or purchaser organizations.

(4) CONTRACTING AUTHORITY.—Subject to the availability of funds, the Commission may enter into contracts and make other arrangements, as may be necessary to carry out the duties described in paragraph (2).

(5) STAFF.—Upon the request of the Commission, the Secretary may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of the Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Commission to assist in carrying out this subsection.

(6) REPORTS TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 1 year after the establishment of the Commission, and annually thereafter, the Commission shall submit a report to the Congress on rural health quality. Each such report shall include the following:

(A) An inventory of relevant programs and recommendations for improved coordination and integration of policy and programs.

(B) An assessment of achievement of the objectives identified in the national plan developed under paragraph (2) and recommendations for realizing such objectives.

(C) Recommendations on Federal legislation, regulations, or administrative policies to enhance rural health quality and outcomes.

(b) Rural Health Quality Demonstration Projects.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary, in consultation with the Rural Health Quality Advisory Commission, the Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shall make grants to eligible entities for 5 demonstration projects to implement and evaluate methods for improving the quality of health care in rural communities. Each such demonstration project shall include—

(A) alternative community models that—

(i) will achieve greater integration of personal and population health services; and

(ii) address safety, effectiveness, patient- or community-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, and equity (the 6 aims identified by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in its report entitled “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century” released on March 1, 2001);

(B) innovative approaches to the financing and delivery of health services to achieve rural health quality goals; and

(C) development of quality improvement support structures to assist rural health systems and professionals (such as workforce support structures, quality monitoring and reporting, clinical care protocols, and information technology applications).

(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES.—In this subsection, the term “eligible entity” means a consortium that—

(A) shall include—

(i) at least one health care provider or health care delivery system located in a rural area; and

(ii) at least one organization representing multiple community stakeholders; and

(B) may include other partners such as rural research centers.

(3) CONSULTATION.—In developing the program for awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall consult with the Administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, rural health care providers, rural health care researchers, and private and nonprofit groups (including national associations) which are undertaking similar efforts.

(4) EXPEDITED WAIVERS.—The Secretary shall expedite the processing of any waiver that—

(A) is authorized under title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.); and

(B) is necessary to carry out a demonstration project under this subsection.

(5) DEMONSTRATION PROJECT SITES.—The Secretary shall ensure that the 5 demonstration projects funded under this subsection are conducted at a variety of sites representing the diversity of rural communities in the Nation.

(6) DURATION.—Each demonstration project under this subsection shall be for a period of 4 years.

(7) INDEPENDENT EVALUATION.—The Secretary shall enter into an arrangement with an entity that has experience working directly with rural health systems for the conduct of an independent evaluation of the program carried out under this subsection.

(8) REPORT.—Not later than 1 year after the conclusion of all of the demonstration projects funded under this subsection, the Secretary shall submit a report to the Congress on the results of such projects. The report shall include—

(A) an evaluation of patient access to care, patient outcomes, and an analysis of the cost effectiveness of each such project; and

(B) recommendations on Federal legislation, regulations, or administrative policies to enhance rural health quality and outcomes.

(c) Appropriation.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Out of funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $30,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

(2) AVAILABILITY.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Funds appropriated under paragraph (1) shall remain available for expenditure through fiscal year 2021.

(B) REPORT.—For purposes of carrying out subsection (b)(8), funds appropriated under paragraph (1) shall remain available for expenditure through fiscal year 2022.

(3) RESERVATION.—Of the amount appropriated under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall reserve—

(A) $5,000,000 to carry out subsection (a); and

(B) $25,000,000 to carry out subsection (b), of which—

(i) 2 percent shall be for the provision of technical assistance to grant recipients; and

(ii) 5 percent shall be for independent evaluation under subsection (b)(7).

SEC. 436. Rural health care services.

Section 330A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254c) is amended to read as follows:

“SEC. 330A. Rural health care services outreach, rural health network development, Delta rural disparities and health systems development, and small rural health care provider quality improvement grant programs.

“(a) Purpose.—The purpose of this section is to provide for grants—

“(1) under subsection (b), to promote rural health care services outreach;

“(2) under subsection (c), to provide for the planning and implementation of integrated health care networks in rural areas;

“(3) under subsection (d), to assist rural communities in the Delta Region to reduce health disparities and to promote and enhance health system development; and

“(4) under subsection (e), to provide for the planning and implementation of small rural health care provider quality improvement activities.

“(b) Rural health care services outreach grants.—

“(1) GRANTS.—The Director of the Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration may award grants to eligible entities to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services in rural areas. The Director may award the grants for periods of not more than 3 years.

“(2) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection for a project, an entity—

“(A) shall be a rural public or rural nonprofit private entity, a facility that qualifies as a rural health clinic under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, a public or nonprofit entity existing exclusively to provide services to migrant and seasonal farm workers in rural areas, or a tribal government whose grant-funded activities will be conducted within federally recognized tribal areas;

“(B) shall represent a consortium composed of members—

“(i) that include 3 or more independently owned health care entities; and

“(ii) that may be nonprofit or for-profit entities; and

“(C) shall not previously have received a grant under this subsection for the same or a similar project, unless the entity is proposing to expand the scope of the project or the area that will be served through the project.

“(3) APPLICATIONS.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity shall prepare and submit to the Director an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require, including—

“(A) a description of the project that the eligible entity will carry out using the funds provided under the grant;

“(B) a description of the manner in which the project funded under the grant will meet the health care needs of rural populations in the local community or region to be served;

“(C) a plan for quantifying how health care needs will be met through identification of the target population and benchmarks of service delivery or health status, such as—

“(i) quantifiable measurements of health status improvement for projects focusing on health promotion; or

“(ii) benchmarks of increased access to primary care, including tracking factors such as the number and type of primary care visits, identification of a medical home, or other general measures of such access;

“(D) a description of how the local community or region to be served will be involved in the development and ongoing operations of the project;

“(E) a plan for sustaining the project after Federal support for the project has ended;

“(F) a description of how the project will be evaluated;

“(G) the administrative capacity to submit annual performance data electronically as specified by the Director; and

“(H) other such information as the Director determines to be appropriate.

“(c) Rural health network development grants.—

“(1) GRANTS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—The Director may award rural health network development grants to eligible entities to promote, through planning and implementation, the development of integrated health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the networks in order to—

“(i) achieve efficiencies and economies of scale;

“(ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of the health care delivery system through development of organizational efficiencies;

“(iii) implement health information technology to achieve efficiencies, reduce medical errors, and improve quality;

“(iv) coordinate care and manage chronic illness; and

“(v) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole in such a manner as to show a quantifiable return on investment to the participants in the network.

“(B) GRANT PERIODS.—The Director may award such a rural health network development grant—

“(i) for a period of 3 years for implementation activities; or

“(ii) for a period of 1 year for planning activities to assist in the initial development of an integrated health care network, if the proposed participants in the network do not have a history of collaborative efforts and a 3-year grant would be inappropriate.

“(2) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity—

“(A) shall be a rural public or rural nonprofit private entity, a facility that qualifies as a rural health clinic under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, a public or nonprofit entity existing exclusively to provide services to migrant and seasonal farm workers in rural areas, or a tribal government whose grant-funded activities will be conducted within federally recognized tribal areas;

“(B) shall represent a network composed of participants—

“(i) that include 3 or more independently owned health care entities; and

“(ii) that may be nonprofit or for-profit entities; and

“(C) shall not previously have received a grant under this subsection (other than a 1-year grant for planning activities) for the same or a similar project.

“(3) APPLICATIONS.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity, in consultation with the appropriate State office of rural health or another appropriate State entity, shall prepare and submit to the Director an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require, including—

“(A) a description of the project that the eligible entity will carry out using the funds provided under the grant;

“(B) an explanation of the reasons why Federal assistance is required to carry out the project;

“(C) a description of—

“(i) the history of collaborative activities carried out by the participants in the network;

“(ii) the degree to which the participants are ready to integrate their functions; and

“(iii) how the local community or region to be served will benefit from and be involved in the activities carried out by the network;

“(D) a description of how the local community or region to be served will experience increased access to quality health care services across the continuum of care as a result of the integration activities carried out by the network, including a description of—

“(i) return on investment for the community and the network members; and

“(ii) other quantifiable performance measures that show the benefit of the network activities;

“(E) a plan for sustaining the project after Federal support for the project has ended;

“(F) a description of how the project will be evaluated;

“(G) the administrative capacity to submit annual performance data electronically as specified by the Director; and

“(H) other such information as the Director determines to be appropriate.

“(d) Delta rural disparities and health systems development grants.—

“(1) GRANTS.—The Director may award grants to eligible entities to support reduction of health disparities, improve access to health care, and enhance rural health system development in the Delta Region.

“(2) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity shall be a rural public or rural nonprofit private entity, a facility that qualifies as a rural health clinic under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, a public or nonprofit entity existing exclusively to provide services to migrant and seasonal farm workers in rural areas, or a tribal government whose grant-funded activities will be conducted within federally recognized tribal areas.

“(3) APPLICATIONS.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity shall prepare and submit to the Director an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require, including—

“(A) a description of the project that the eligible entity will carry out using the funds provided under the grant;

“(B) an explanation of the reasons why Federal assistance is required to carry out the project;

“(C) a description of the manner in which the project funded under the grant will meet the health care needs of the Delta Region;

“(D) a description of how the local community or region to be served will experience increased access to quality health care services as a result of the activities carried out by the entity;

“(E) a description of how health disparities will be reduced or the health system will be improved;

“(F) a plan for sustaining the project after Federal support for the project has ended;

“(G) a description of how the project will be evaluated including process and outcome measures related to the quality of care provided or how the health care system improves its performance;

“(H) a description of how the grantee will develop an advisory group made up of representatives of the communities to be served to provide guidance to the grantee to best meet community need; and

“(I) other such information as the Director determines to be appropriate.

“(e) Small rural health care provider quality improvement grants.—

“(1) GRANTS.—The Director may award grants to provide for the planning and implementation of small rural health care provider quality improvement activities. The Director may award the grants for periods of 1 to 3 years.

“(2) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible for a grant under this subsection, an entity—

“(A) shall be—

“(i) a rural public or rural nonprofit private health care provider or provider of health care services, such as a rural health clinic; or

“(ii) another rural provider or network of small rural providers identified by the Director as a key source of local care; and

“(B) shall not previously have received a grant under this subsection for the same or a similar project.

“(3) PREFERENCE.—In awarding grants under this subsection, the Director shall give preference to facilities that qualify as rural health clinics under title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

“(4) APPLICATIONS.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an eligible entity shall prepare and submit to the Director an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require, including—

“(A) a description of the project that the eligible entity will carry out using the funds provided under the grant;

“(B) an explanation of the reasons why Federal assistance is required to carry out the project;

“(C) a description of the manner in which the project funded under the grant will assure continuous quality improvement in the provision of services by the entity;

“(D) a description of how the local community or region to be served will experience increased access to quality health care services as a result of the activities carried out by the entity;

“(E) a plan for sustaining the project after Federal support for the project has ended;

“(F) a description of how the project will be evaluated including process and outcome measures related to the quality of care provided; and

“(G) other such information as the Director determines to be appropriate.

“(f) General requirements.—

“(1) PROHIBITED USES OF FUNDS.—An entity that receives a grant under this section may not use funds provided through the grant—

“(A) to build or acquire real property; or

“(B) for construction.

“(2) COORDINATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES.—The Director shall coordinate activities carried out under grant programs described in this section, to the extent practicable, with Federal and State agencies and nonprofit organizations that are operating similar grant programs, to maximize the effect of public dollars in funding meritorious proposals.

“(g) Report.—Not later than September 30, 2018, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the progress and accomplishments of the grant programs described in subsections (b), (c), (d), and (e).

“(h) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘Delta Region’ has the meaning given to the term ‘region’ in section 382A of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2009aa).

“(2) The term ‘Director’ means the Director of the Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“(i) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $40,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2021.”.

SEC. 437. Community health center collaborative access expansion.

Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(t) Miscellaneous Provisions.—

“(1) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION WITH RESPECT TO RURAL HEALTH CLINICS.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a community health center from contracting with a federally certified rural health clinic (as defined by section 1861(aa)(2) of the Social Security Act) for the delivery of primary health care and other mental, dental, and physical health services that are available at the rural health clinic to individuals who would otherwise be eligible for free or reduced cost care if that individual were able to obtain that care at the community health center. Such services may be limited in scope to those primary health care and other mental, dental, and physical health services available in that rural health clinic.

“(2) ENABLING SERVICES.—To the extent possible, enabling services such as transportation and translation assistance shall be provided by rural health clinics described in paragraph (1).

“(3) ASSURANCES.—In order for a rural health clinic to receive funds under this section through a contract with a community health center for the delivery of primary health care and other services described in paragraph (1), such rural health clinic shall establish policies to ensure—

“(A) nondiscrimination based upon the ability of a patient to pay;

“(B) the establishment of a sliding fee scale for low-income patients; and

“(C) any such services should be subject to full reimbursement according to the Prospective Payment System scale.”.

SEC. 438. Facilitating the provision of telehealth services across State lines.

(a) In general.—For purposes of expediting the provision of telehealth services, for which payment is made under the Medicare Program, across State lines, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in consultation with representatives of States, physicians, health care practitioners, and patient advocates, encourage and facilitate the adoption of provisions allowing for multistate practitioner practice across State lines.

(b) Definitions.—In subsection (a):

(1) TELEHEALTH SERVICE.—The term “telehealth service” has the meaning given that term in subparagraph (F) of section 1834(m)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)(4)).

(2) PHYSICIAN, PRACTITIONER.—The terms “physician” and “practitioner” have the meaning given those terms in subparagraphs (D) and (E), respectively, of such section.

(3) MEDICARE PROGRAM.—The term “Medicare Program” means the program of health insurance administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.).

SEC. 439. Scoring of preventive health savings.

Section 202 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 602) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(h) Scoring of preventive health savings.—

“(1) DETERMINATION BY THE DIRECTOR.—Upon a request by the chairman or ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget of the Senate, or by the chairman or ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget of the House of Representatives, the Director shall determine if a proposed measure would result in reductions in budget outlays in budgetary outyears through the use of preventive health and preventive health services.

“(2) PROJECTIONS.—If the Director determines that a measure would result in substantial reductions in budget outlays as described in paragraph (1), the Director—

“(A) shall include, in any projection prepared by the Director, a description and estimate of the reductions in budget outlays in the budgetary outyears and a description of the basis for such conclusions; and

“(B) may prepare a budget projection that includes some or all of the budgetary outyears, notwithstanding the time periods for projections described in subsection (e) and sections 308, 402, and 424.

“(3) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this subsection—

“(A) the term ‘preventive health’ means an action that focuses on the health of the public, individuals, and defined populations in order to protect, promote, and maintain health, wellness, and functional ability, and prevent disease, disability, and premature death that is demonstrated by credible and publicly available epidemiological projection models, incorporating clinical trials or observational studies in humans, to avoid future health care costs; and

“(B) the term ‘budgetary outyears’ means the 2 consecutive 10-year periods beginning with the first fiscal year that is 10 years after the budget year provided for in the most recently agreed to concurrent resolution on the budget.”.

SEC. 440. Sense of Congress.

It is the sense of the Congress that—

(1) the maintenance of effort provisions added to sections 1902 and 2105(d) of the Social Security Act by sections 2001(b) and 2101(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were written to maintain the eligibility standards for the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act and Children’s Health Insurance Program under title XXI of such Act until the American Health Benefit Exchanges in the States are fully operational;

(2) it is imperative that the maintenance of effort provisions are enforced to the strict standard intended by the Congress;

(3) waiving the maintenance of effort provisions should not be permitted, except in the case of a request for a waiver that meets the explicit nonapplication requirements;

(4) the maintenance of effort provisions ensure the continued success of the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program and were written deliberately to specifically protect vulnerable and disabled individuals, children, and senior citizens, many of whom are also members of communities of color; and

(5) the maintenance of effort provisions must be strictly enforced and proposals to weaken the maintenance of effort provisions must not be considered.

SEC. 441. Repeal of requirement for documentation evidencing citizenship or nationality under the Medicaid program.

(a) Repeal.—Subsections (i)(22) and (x) of section 1903 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b) are each repealed.

(b) Conforming amendments.—

(1) Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a) is amended—

(A) by amending paragraph (46) of subsection (a) to read as follows:

“(46) provide that information is requested and exchanged for purposes of income and eligibility verification in accordance with a State system which meets the requirements of section 1137 of this Act;”;

(B) in subsection (e)(13)(A)(i)—

(i) in the matter preceding subclause (I), by striking “sections 1902(a)(46)(B) and 1137(d)” and inserting “section 1137(d)”; and

(ii) in subclause (IV), by striking “1902(a)(46)(B) or”; and

(C) by striking subsection (ee).

(2) Section 1903 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b) is amended—

(A) in subsection (i), by redesignating paragraphs (23) through (26) as paragraphs (22) through (25), respectively; and

(B) by redesignating subsections (y) and (z) as subsections (x) and (y), respectively.

(3) Subsection (c) of section 6036 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 1396b note) is repealed.

(c) Effective date.—The repeals and amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

SEC. 442. Office of Minority Health in Veterans Health Administration of Department of Veterans Affairs.

(a) Establishment and functions.—Subchapter I of chapter 73 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 7310. Office of Minority Health

“(a) Establishment.—There is established in the Department within the Office of the Under Secretary for Health an office to be known as the ‘Office of Minority Health’ (in this section referred to as the ‘Office’).

“(b) Head.—The Director of the Office of Minority Health shall be the head of the Office. The Director of the Office of Minority Health shall be appointed by the Under Secretary of Health from among individuals qualified to perform the duties of the position.

“(c) Functions.—The functions of the Office are as follows:

“(1) To establish short-range and long-range goals and objectives and coordinate all other activities within the Veterans Health Administration that relate to disease prevention, health promotion, health care services delivery, and health care research concerning veterans who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group.

“(2) To support research, demonstrations, and evaluations to test new and innovative models for the discharge of activities described in paragraph (1).

“(3) To increase knowledge and understanding of health risk factors for veterans who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group.

“(4) To develop mechanisms that support better health care information dissemination, education, prevention, and services delivery to veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds, including veterans who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group.

“(5) To enter into contracts or agreements with appropriate public and nonprofit private entities to develop and carry out programs to provide bilingual or interpretive services to assist veterans who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group and who lack proficiency in speaking the English language in accessing and receiving health care services through the Veterans Health Administration.

“(6) To carry out programs to improve access to health care services through the Veterans Health Administration for veterans with limited proficiency in speaking the English language, including the development and evaluation of demonstration and pilot projects for that purpose.

“(7) To advise the Under Secretary of Health on matters relating to the development, implementation, and evaluation of health professions education in decreasing disparities in health care outcomes between veterans who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group and other veterans, including cultural competency as a method of eliminating such health disparities.

“(8) To perform such other functions and duties as the Secretary or the Under Secretary for Health considers appropriate.

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘racial or ethnic minority group’ means the following:

“(A) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts).

“(B) Asian-Americans.

“(C) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

“(D) Blacks.

“(E) Hispanics.

“(2) The term ‘Hispanic’ means individuals whose origin is Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or any other Spanish-speaking country.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 7309 the following new item:


“7310. Office of Minority Health.”.

SEC. 443. Indian defined in PPACA.

(a) Definition of Indian.—Section 1304 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18024) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(f) Indian.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—In this title, the term ‘Indian’ means any individual—

“(A) described in paragraph (13) or (28) of section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603);

“(B) who is eligible for health services provided by the Indian Health Service under section 809 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1679);

“(C) who is of Indian descent and belongs to the Indian community served by the local facilities and program of the Indian Health Service; or

“(D) who is described in paragraph (2).

“(2) INCLUDED INDIVIDUALS.—The following individuals shall be considered to be an ‘Indian’:

“(A) A member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.

“(B) A resident of an urban center who meets 1 or more of the following 4 criteria:

“(i) Membership in a tribe, band, or other organized group of Indians, including those tribes, bands, or groups terminated since 1940 and those recognized as of the date of enactment of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 or later by the State in which they reside, or being a descendant, in the first or second degree, of any such member.

“(ii) Is an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native.

“(iii) Is considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose.

“(iv) Is determined to be an Indian under regulations promulgated by the Secretary.

“(C) An individual who is considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose.

“(D) An individual who is considered by the Secretary to be an Indian for purposes of eligibility for Indian health care services, including as a California Indian, Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native.”.

(b) Conforming amendments.—

(1) AFFORDABLE CHOICES HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS.—Section 1311(c)(6)(D) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(c)(6)(D)) is amended by striking “section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act” and inserting “section 1304(f)”.

(2) REDUCED COST-SHARING FOR INDIVIDUALS ENROLLING IN QUALIFIED HEALTH PLANS.—Section 1402(d) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18071(d)) is amended—

(A) in paragraph (1), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “section 4(d) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b(d))” and inserting “section 1304(f)”; and

(B) in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “(as so defined)” and inserting “(as defined in section 1304(f))”.

(3) EXEMPTION FROM PENALTY FOR NOT MAINTAINING MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.—Section 5000A(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:

“(3) INDIANS.—Any applicable individual who is an Indian (as defined in section 1304(f) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).”.

SEC. 444. Study of DSH payments to ensure hospital access for low-income patients.

(a) In general.—Not later than January 1, 2016, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on how certain amendments made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) to titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act affect the timely access to health care services for low-income patients. Such study shall—

(1) evaluate and examine whether States electing to make medical assistance available under section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII)) (including States making such an election through a waiver of the State plan) to individuals described in such section mitigates the need for payments to disproportionate share hospitals under section 1886(d)(5)(F) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(F)) and section 1923 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r–4), including the impact of such States electing to make medical assistance available to such individuals on—

(A) the number of individuals in the United States who are without health insurance and the distribution of such individuals in relation to areas primarily served by disproportionate share hospitals; and

(B) the low-income utilization rate of such hospitals and the resulting fiscal sustainability of such hospitals;

(2) evaluate the appropriate level and distribution of such payments among disproportionate hospitals for purposes of—

(A) sufficiently accounting for the level of uncompensated care provided by such hospitals to low-income patients; and

(B) providing timely access to health services for individuals in medically underserved areas; and

(3) assess, with respect to disproportionate hospitals—

(A) the role played by such hospitals in providing critical access to emergency, inpatient, and outpatient health services, as well as the location of such hospitals in relation to medically underserved areas; and

(B) the extent to which such hospitals satisfy the requirements established for charitable hospital organizations under section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to community health needs assessments, financial assistance policy requirements, limitations on charges, and billing and collection requirements.

(b) Reports.—

(1) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 180 days after the date on which the study under subsection (a) is completed, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report that contains—

(A) the results of the study;

(B) recommendations to Congress for any legislative changes to the payments to disproportionate share hospitals under section 1886(d)(5)(F) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(F)) and section 1923 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r–4) that are needed to ensure access to health services for low-income patients that—

(i) are based on the number of individuals without health insurance, the amount of uncompensated care provided by such hospitals, and the impact of reduced payments levels on low-income communities; and

(ii) takes into account any reports submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to Congressional committees regarding the costs incurred by charitable hospital organizations for charity care, bad debt, nonreimbursed expenses for services provided to individuals under the Medicare Program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the Medicaid Program under title XIX of such Act, and any community benefit activities provided by such organizations.

(2) REPORT TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.—Not later than 180 days after the date on which the study under subsection (a) is completed, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services a report that contains—

(A) the results of the study; and

(B) any recommendations for purposes of assisting in the development of the methodology for the adjustment of payments to disproportionate share hospitals, as required under section 1886(r) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(r)) and the reduction of such payments section 1923(f)(7) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r–4(f)(7)), taking into account the reports referred to in paragraph (1)(B)(ii).

SEC. 445. Assistant Secretary of the Indian Health Service.

(a) References.—Any reference in a law, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the Director of the Indian Health Service shall be deemed to be a reference to the Assistant Secretary of the Indian Health Service.

(b) Executive Schedule.—Section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, is amended in the matter relating to the Assistant Secretaries of Health and Human Services by striking “(6)” and inserting “(7), 1 of whom shall be the Assistant Secretary of the Indian Health Service”.

(c) Conforming amendment.—Section 5316 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking “Director, Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services.”.

SEC. 446. Reauthorization of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act.

(a) Native Hawaiian health care systems.—Section 6(h)(1) of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (42 U.S.C. 11705(h)(1)) is amended by striking “may be necessary for fiscal years 1993 through 2019” and inserting “are necessary”.

(b) Administrative grant for papa ola lokahi.—Section 7(b) of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (42 U.S.C. 11706(b)) is amended by striking “may be necessary for fiscal years 1993 through 2019” and inserting “are necessary”.

(c) Native Hawaiian health scholarships.—Section 10(c) of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (42 U.S.C. 11709(c)) is amended by striking “may be necessary for fiscal years 1993 through 2019” and inserting “are necessary”.

SEC. 447. Availability of non-English language speaking providers.

(a) In general.—Section 1311(c)(1)(B) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(c)(1)(B)) is amended by inserting before the semicolon the following: “and, with respect to such providers, a provider’s ability to provide care in a language other than English either through the provider speaking such language or by the provider having a training medical interpreter who speaks such language available during office hours”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply for plan years beginning more than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 448. Access to essential community providers.

(a) Essential community providers.—Section 1311(c)(1)(C) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(c)(1)(C)) is amended—

(1) by inserting “(i)” after “(C)”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new clauses:

“(ii) not later than 2018, increase the percentage of essential community providers included in its network by 10 percent annually (based on the level in the plan for 2016) until 90 percent of all federally qualified health centers and 75 percent of all other essential community providers in the contract service area are in-network; and

“(iii) include one of each type of essential community provider in network in each county in their service area, where available;”.

(b) Reporting requirements.—Section 1311(e)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(e)(3)(A)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(E) DATA ON ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY PROVIDERS.—The Secretary shall require qualified health plans to submit annually to the Secretary data on the percentage of essential community providers, by county, that contract with each qualified health plan offered in that county and the percentage of essential community providers, by type, that contract with each qualified health plan offered in that county. Data so submitted shall be made available to the general public”.

(c) Essential Community Provider provisions applied under Medicare and Medicaid.—

(1) MEDICARE.—Section 1852(d)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.1395w–22(d)(1)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (D);

(B) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (E) and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(F) the plan meets the requirements of clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 1311(c)(1)(C) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (relating to inclusion in networks of essential community providers).”.

(2) MEDICAID.—Section 1932(b)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396u–2(b)(5)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (A);

(B) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (B) and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(C) the plan meets the requirements of clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 1311(c)(1)(C) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (relating to inclusion in networks of essential community providers) with respect to services offered in the service area involved.”.

SEC. 449. Provider network adequacy in communities of color.

(a) In general.—Section 1311(c)(1)(B) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18031(c)(1)(B)) is amended—

(1) by inserting “(i)” after “(B)”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following the following new clauses:

“(ii) meet such network adequacy standards as the Secretary may establish with regard to—

“(I) appointment wait time;

“(II) travel time and distance to health care provider facilities and providers by public and private transit;

“(III) hours of operation to accommodate individuals who cannot come to provider appointments during standard business hours; and

“(IV) other network adequacy standards to ensure that care through these plans is accessible to diverse communities; and.

“(iii) provide coverage for services for enrollees through out-of-network providers at no additional cost to the enrollees in cases where in-network providers are unable to comply with the standards established under clause subclause (III) or (IV) of clause (ii) for such services and the out-of-network providers can deliver such services in compliance with such standards..

“(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to plan years beginning more than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act..”.

SEC. 450. Improving access to dental care.

(a) Reports to congress.—

(1) GAO REPORT ON DENTAL THERAPIST PROGRAMS.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report on the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapists Program and the Dental Therapist and Advanced Dental Therapist programs in Minnesota, to assess dental therapists’ effectiveness in—

(A) improving access to timely dental care among communities of color;

(B) providing high quality care; and

(C) providing culturally competent care.

(2) HRSA REPORT ON DENTAL SHORTAGE AREAS.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources Service Administration, shall submit to Congress a report which details geographic dental access shortages and the preparedness of dental providers to offer culturally and linguistically appropriate, affordable, accessible, and timely services.

(b) Expansion of dental health aid therapists in tribal communities.—Section 119(d) of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act ( U.S.C. 1616l(d)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2), by striking “Subject to” and all that follows and inserting “Subject to paragraph (3), in establishing a national program under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall not reduce the amounts provided for the Community Health Aide Program described in subsections (a) and (b).”;

(2) by striking paragraph (3); and

(3) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (3).

(c) Coverage of dental services under the Medicare program.—

(1) COVERAGE.—Section 1861(s)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(s)(2)) is amended—

(A) in subparagraph (EE), by striking “and” after the semicolon at the end;

(B) in subparagraph (FF), by adding “and” after the semicolon at the end; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(GG) oral health services (as defined in subsection (kkk);”.

(2) ORAL HEALTH SERVICES DEFINED.—Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x), as amended by sections 205(b) and 433(a), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“Oral Health Services

“(kkk) (1) The term ‘oral health services’ means services (as defined by the Secretary) that are necessary to prevent disease and promote oral health, restore oral structures to health and function, and treat emergency conditions.

“(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), such term shall include mobile and portable oral health services (as defined by the Secretary) that—

“(A) are provided for the purpose of overcoming mobility, transportation, and access barriers for individuals; and

“(B) satisfy the standards and certification requirements established under section 1902(a)(82)(B) for the State in which the services are provided.”.

(3) PAYMENT AND COINSURANCE.—Section 1833(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and” before “(Z)”; and

(B) by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: “, and (AA) with respect to oral health services (as defined in section 1861(kkk)), the amount paid shall be (i) in the case of such services that are preventive, 100 percent of the lesser of the actual charge for the services or the amount determined under the payment basis determined under section 1848, and (ii) in the case of all other such services, 80 percent of the lesser of the actual charge for the services or the amount determined under the payment basis determined under section 1848”.

(4) PAYMENT UNDER PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE.—Section 1848(j)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(j)(3)) is amended by inserting “(2)(GG),” after “risk assessment),”.

(5) DENTURES.—Section 1861(s)(8) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(s)(8)) is amended—

(A) by striking “(other than dental)” and inserting “(including dentures)”; and

(B) by striking “internal body”.

(6) REPEAL OF GROUND FOR EXCLUSION.—Section 1862(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395y) is amended by striking paragraph (12).

(7) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to services furnished on or after January 1, 2017.

(d) Coverage of dental services under the Medicaid program.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1905 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d) is amended—

(A) in subsection (a)(10), by striking “dental services” and inserting “oral health services (as defined in subsection (ee)(1))”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(ee) (1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), for purposes of this title, the term ‘oral health services’ means services (as defined by the Secretary) that are necessary to prevent disease and promote oral health, restore oral structures to health and function, and treat emergency conditions. These services shall include, in the case of pregnant or postpartum women, such services as are necessary to address oral health conditions that exist or are exacerbated by pregnancy or childbirth or which, if left untreated, could adversely affect fetal or child development.

“(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), such term shall include—

“(A) dentures; and

“(B) mobile and portable oral health services (as defined by the Secretary) that—

“(i) are provided for the purpose of overcoming mobility, transportation, and access barriers for individuals; and

“(ii) satisfy the standards and certification requirements established under section 1902(a)(82)(C) for the State in which the services are provided.

“(3) For purposes of paragraph (1), such term shall not apply to dental care or services provided to individuals under the age of 21 under subsection (r)(3).”.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—

(A) STATE PLAN REQUIREMENTS.—Section 1902(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)) is amended—

(i) in paragraph (10)(A), in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting “(10),” after “(5),”;

(ii) in paragraph (80), by striking “and” at the end;

(iii) in paragraph (81), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(iv) by inserting after paragraph (81) the following:

“(82) provide for—

“(A) informing, in writing, all individuals who have been determined to be eligible for medical assistance of the availability of oral health services (as defined in section 1905(ee));

“(B) conducting targeted outreach to pregnant women who have been determined to be eligible for medical assistance about the availability of medical assistance for such dental services and the importance of receiving dental care while pregnant; and

“(C) establishing and maintaining standards for and certification of mobile and portable oral health services (as described in subsections (r)(3)(C) and (ee)(2)(B) of section 1905).”.

(B) DEFINITION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.—Section 1905(a)(12) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(12)) is amended by striking “, dentures,”.

(3) MOBILE AND PORTABLE ORAL HEALTH SERVICES UNDER EPSDT.—Section 1905(r)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(r)(3)) is amended—

(A) in subparagraph (A)(ii), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(B) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(C) which shall include mobile and portable oral health services (as defined by the Secretary) that—

“(i) are provided for the purpose of overcoming mobility, transportation, or access barriers for children; and

“(ii) satisfy the standards and certification requirements established under section 1902(a)(82)(C) for the State in which the services are provided.”.

(e) Oral health services as an essential health benefit.—Section 1302(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18022(b)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) in subparagraph (J), by striking “oral and”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(K) Oral health services for children and adults.”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(6) ORAL HEALTH SERVICES.—For purposes of paragraph (1)(K), the term ‘oral health services’ means services (as defined by the Secretary), that are necessary to prevent disease and promote oral health, restore oral structures to health and function, and treat emergency conditions.”.

(f) Demonstration program on training and employment of alternative dental health care providers for dental health care services for veterans in rural and other underserved communities.—

(1) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out a demonstration program to establish programs to train and employ alternative dental health care providers in order to increase access to dental health care services for veterans who are entitled to such services from the Department of Veterans Affairs and reside in rural and other underserved communities.

(2) TELEHEALTH.—For purposes of alternative dental health care providers and other dental care providers who are licensed to provide clinical care, dental services provided under the demonstration program under this section may be administered by such providers through telehealth-enabled collaboration and supervision when appropriate and feasible.

(3) ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEFINED.—In this section, the term “alternative dental health care providers” has the meaning given that term in section 340G–1(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 256g–1(a)(2)).

(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the demonstration program under this subsection.

(g) Demonstration program on training and employment of alternative dental health care providers for dental health care services for members of the armed forces and dependents lacking ready access to such services.—

(1) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—The Secretary of Defense may carry out a demonstration program to establish programs to train and employ alternative dental health care providers in order to increase access to dental health care services for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents who lack ready access to such services, including the following:

(A) Members and dependents who reside in rural areas or areas otherwise underserved by dental health care providers.

(B) Members of the National Guard and Reserves in active status who are potentially deployable.

(2) TELEHEALTH.—For purposes of alternative dental health care providers and other dental care providers who are licensed to provide clinical care, dental services provided under the demonstration program under this section may be administered by such providers through telehealth-enabled collaboration and supervision when appropriate and feasible.

(3) ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEFINED.—In this section, the term “alternative dental health care providers” has the meaning given that term in section 340G–1(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 256g–1(a)(2)).

(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the demonstration program under this subsection.

(h) Demonstration program on training and employment of alternative dental health care providers for dental health care services for prisoners within the custody of the bureau of prisons.—

(1) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—The Attorney General, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Prisons, may carry out a demonstration program to establish programs to train and employ alternative dental health care providers in order to increase access to dental health services for prisoners within the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.

(2) TELEHEALTH.—For purposes of alternative dental health care providers and any other dental care providers who are licensed to provide clinical care, dental services provided under the demonstration program under this section may be administered by such providers through telehealth-enabled collaboration and supervision when deemed appropriate and feasible.

(3) ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEFINED.—In this section, the term “alternative dental health care providers” has the meaning given that term in section 340G–1(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 256g–1(a)(2)).

(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the demonstration program under this subsection.

(i) Demonstration program on training and employment of alternative dental health care providers for dental health care services under the indian health service.—

(1) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Indian Health Service, may carry out a demonstration program to establish programs to train and employ alternative dental health care providers in order to help eliminate oral health disparities and increase access to dental services through health programs operated by the Indian Health Service, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)).

(2) TELEHEALTH.—For purposes of alternative dental health care providers and any other dental care providers who are licensed to provide clinical care, dental services provided under the demonstration program under this section may be administered by such providers through telehealth-enabled collaboration and supervision when deemed appropriate and feasible.

(3) ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEFINED.—In this section, the term “alternative dental health care providers” has the meaning given that term in section 340G–1(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 256g–1(a)(2)).

(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the demonstration program under this subsection.

SEC. 501. Grants to promote positive health outcomes for women and children.

Part Q of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280g et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 399Z–2. Grants to promote positive health outcomes for women and children.

“(a) Grants Authorized.—The Secretary, in collaboration with the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and other Federal officials determined appropriate by the Secretary, is authorized to award grants to eligible entities to promote positive health outcomes for women and children in target populations, especially racial and ethnic minority women and children in medically underserved communities.

“(b) Use of Funds.—Grants awarded pursuant to subsection (a) may be used to support the activities of community health workers, including such activities—

“(1) to educate and provide outreach regarding enrollment in health insurance including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program under title XXI of the Social Security Act, Medicare under title XVIII of such Act, and Medicaid under title XIX of such Act;

“(2) to educate, guide, and provide outreach in a community setting regarding health problems prevalent among women and children and especially among racial and ethnic minority women and children;

“(3) to educate, guide, and provide experiential learning opportunities and target risk factors and healthy behaviors that impede or contribute to achieving positive health outcomes, including—

“(A) healthy nutrition;

“(B) physical activity;

“(C) overweight or obesity;

“(D) tobacco use;

“(E) alcohol and substance use;

“(F) injury and violence;

“(G) sexual health;

“(H) mental health;

“(I) musculoskeletal health and arthritis;

“(J) dental and oral health;

“(K) understanding informed consent; and

“(L) stigma;

“(4) to educate and guide regarding effective strategies to promote positive health outcomes for women and children;

“(5) to promote community wellness and awareness; and

“(6) to educate and refer target populations to appropriate health care agencies and community-based programs and organizations in order to increase access to quality health care services, including preventive health services.

“(c) Application.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Each eligible entity that desires to receive a grant under subsection (a) shall submit an application to the Secretary, at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such additional information as the Secretary may require.

“(2) CONTENTS.—Each application submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall—

“(A) describe the activities for which assistance under this section is sought;

“(B) contain an assurance that, with respect to each community health worker program receiving funds under the grant awarded, such program provides in-language training and supervision to community health workers to enable such workers to provide authorized program activities in (at least) the most commonly used languages within a particular geographic region;

“(C) contain an assurance that the applicant will evaluate the effectiveness of community health worker programs receiving funds under the grant;

“(D) contain an assurance that each community health worker program receiving funds under the grant will provide culturally competent services in the linguistic context most appropriate for the individuals served by the program;

“(E) contain a plan to document and disseminate project descriptions and results to other States and organizations as identified by the Secretary; and

“(F) describe plans to enhance the capacity of individuals to utilize health services and health-related social services under Federal, State, and local programs by—

“(i) assisting individuals in establishing eligibility under the programs and in receiving the services or other benefits of the programs; and

“(ii) providing other services, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, which may include transportation and translation services.

“(d) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give priority to those applicants—

“(1) who propose to target geographic areas that—

“(A) (i) have a high percentage of residents who are uninsured or underinsured (if the targeted geographic area is located in a State that has elected to make medical assistance available under section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act to individuals described in such section);

“(ii) have a high percentage of underinsured residents in a particular geographic area (if the targeted geographic area is located in a State that has not so elected); or

“(iii) have a high number of households experiencing extreme poverty; and

“(B) have a high percentage of families for whom English is not their primary language or including smaller limited-English-proficient communities within the region that are not otherwise reached by linguistically appropriate health services;

“(2) with experience in providing health or health-related social services to individuals who are underserved with respect to such services; and

“(3) with documented community activity and experience with community health workers.

“(e) Collaboration With Academic Institutions.—The Secretary shall encourage community health worker programs receiving funds under this section to collaborate with academic institutions, including minority-serving institutions. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require such collaboration.

“(f) Quality Assurance and Cost Effectiveness.—The Secretary shall establish guidelines for ensuring the quality of the training and supervision of community health workers under the programs funded under this section and for ensuring the cost effectiveness of such programs.

“(g) Monitoring.—The Secretary shall monitor community health worker programs identified in approved applications and shall determine whether such programs are in compliance with the guidelines established under subsection (f).

“(h) Technical Assistance.—The Secretary may provide technical assistance to community health worker programs identified in approved applications with respect to planning, developing, and operating programs under the grant.

“(i) Report to Congress.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 4 years after the date on which the Secretary first awards grants under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report regarding the grant project.

“(2) CONTENTS.—The report required under paragraph (1) shall include the following:

“(A) A description of the programs for which grant funds were used.

“(B) The number of individuals served.

“(C) An evaluation of—

“(i) the effectiveness of these programs;

“(ii) the cost of these programs; and

“(iii) the impact of the project on the health outcomes of the community residents.

“(D) Recommendations for sustaining the community health worker programs developed or assisted under this section.

“(E) Recommendations regarding training to enhance career opportunities for community health workers.

“(j) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER.—The term ‘community health worker’ means an individual who promotes health or nutrition within the community in which the individual resides—

“(A) by serving as a liaison between communities and health care agencies;

“(B) by providing guidance and social assistance to community residents;

“(C) by enhancing community residents’ ability to effectively communicate with health care providers;

“(D) by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health or nutrition education;

“(E) by advocating for individual and community health, including dental, oral, mental, and environmental health, or nutrition needs;

“(F) by taking into consideration the needs of the communities served, including the prevalence rates of risk factors that impede achieving positive healthy outcomes among women and children, especially among racial and ethnic minority women and children; and

“(G) by providing referral and followup services.

“(2) COMMUNITY SETTING.—The term ‘community setting’ means a home or a community organization that serves a population.

“(3) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term ‘eligible entity’ means—

“(A) a unit of State, territorial, local, or tribal government (including a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native village); or

“(B) a community-based organization.

“(4) MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITY.—The term ‘medically underserved community’ means a community—

“(A) that has a substantial number of individuals who are members of a medically underserved population, as defined by section 330(b)(3);

“(B) a significant portion of which is a health professional shortage area as designated under section 332; and

“(C) that includes populations that are linguistically isolated, such as geographic areas with a shortage of health professionals able to provide linguistically appropriate services.

“(5) SUPPORT.—The term ‘support’ means the provision of training, supervision, and materials needed to effectively deliver the services described in subsection (b), reimbursement for services, and other benefits.

“(6) TARGET POPULATION.—The term ‘target population’ means women of reproductive age, regardless of their current childbearing status and children under 21 years of age.

“(k) Authorization of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.”.

SEC. 502. Removing barriers to health care and nutrition assistance for children, pregnant women, and lawfully present individuals.

(a) Medicaid.—Section 1903(v) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(v)) is amended by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following new paragraph:

“(4) (A) Notwithstanding sections 401(a), 402(b), 403, and 421 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and paragraph (1), payment shall be made to a State under this section for medical assistance furnished to an alien under this title (including an alien described in such paragraph) who meets any of the following conditions:

“(i) The alien is otherwise eligible for such assistance under the State plan approved under this title (other than the requirement of the receipt of aid or assistance under title IV, supplemental security income benefits under title XVI, or a State supplementary payment) within either or both of the following eligibility categories:

“(I) Children under 21 years of age, including any optional targeted low-income child (as such term is defined in section 1905(u)(2)(B)).

“(II) Pregnant women during pregnancy and during the 60-day period beginning on the last day of the pregnancy.

“(ii) The alien is lawfully present in the United States.

“(B) No debt shall accrue under an affidavit of support against any sponsor of an alien who meets the conditions specified in subparagraph (A) on the basis of the provision of medical assistance to such alien under this paragraph and the cost of such assistance shall not be considered as an unreimbursed cost.”.

(b) SCHIP.—Subparagraph (J) of section 2107(e)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397gg(e)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

“(J) Paragraph (4) of section 1903(v) (relating to coverage of categories of children, pregnant women, and other lawfully present individuals).”.

(c) Supplemental nutrition assistance.—Notwithstanding sections 401(a), 402(a), and 403(a) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1611(a); 1612(a); 1613(a)) and section 6(f) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2015(f)), persons who are lawfully present in the United States shall be not be ineligible for benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program on the basis of their immigration status or date of entry into the United States.

(d) Eligibility for families with children.—Section 421(d)(3) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1631(d)(3)) is amended by striking “to the extent that a qualified alien is eligible under section 402(a)(2)(J)” and inserting, “to the extent that a child is a member of a household under the supplemental nutrition assistance program”.

(e) Ensuring proper screening.—Section 11(e)(2)(B) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020(e)(2)(B)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating clauses (vi) and (vii) as clauses (vii) and (viii); and

(2) by inserting after clause (v) the following:

“(vi) shall provide a method for implementing section 421 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1631) that does not require any unnecessary information from persons who may be exempt from that provision;”.

SEC. 503. Repeal of denial of benefits.

Section 115 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (21 U.S.C. 862a) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by striking paragraph (2);

(2) in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (2); and

(3) in subsection (e), by striking paragraph (2).

SEC. 504. Birth defects prevention, risk reduction, and awareness.

(a) In general.—The Secretary shall establish and implement a birth defects prevention and public awareness program, consisting of the activities described in subsections (c) and (d).

(b) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) The term “pregnancy and breastfeeding information services” includes only—

(A) information services to provide accurate, evidence-based, clinical information regarding maternal exposures during pregnancy that may be associated with birth defects or other health risks, such as exposures to medications, chemicals, infections, foodborne pathogens, illnesses, nutrition, or lifestyle factors;

(B) information services to provide accurate, evidence-based, clinical information regarding maternal exposures during breast­feeding that may be associated with health risks to a breast-fed infant, such as exposures to medications, chemicals, infections, foodborne pathogens, illnesses, nutrition, or lifestyle factors;

(C) the provision of accurate, evidence-based information weighing risks of exposures during breast­feeding against the benefits of breast­feeding; and

(D) the provision of information described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) through counselors, Web sites, fact sheets, telephonic or electronic communication, community outreach efforts, or other appropriate means.

(2) The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(c) Nationwide media campaign.—In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall conduct or support a nationwide media campaign to increase awareness among health care providers and at-risk populations about pregnancy and breastfeeding information services.

(d) Grants for pregnancy and breastfeeding information services.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall award grants to State or regional agencies or organizations for any of the following:

(A) INFORMATION SERVICES.—The provision of, or campaigns to increase awareness about, pregnancy and breastfeeding information services.

(B) SURVEILLANCE AND RESEARCH.—The conduct or support of—

(i) surveillance of or research on—

(I) maternal exposures and maternal health conditions that may influence the risk of birth defects, prematurity, or other adverse pregnancy outcomes; and

(II) maternal exposures that may influence health risks to a breastfed infant; or

(ii) networking to facilitate surveillance or research described in this subparagraph.

(2) PREFERENCE FOR CERTAIN STATES.—The Secretary, in making any grant under this subsection, shall give preference to States, otherwise equally qualified, that have a pregnancy and breastfeeding information service in place.

(3) MATCHING FUNDS.—The Secretary may only award a grant under this subsection to a State or regional agency or organization that agrees, with respect to the costs to be incurred in carrying out the grant activities, to make available (directly or through donations from public or private entities) non-Federal funds toward such costs in an amount equal to not less than 25 percent of the amount of the grant.

(4) COORDINATION.—The Secretary shall ensure that activities funded through a grant under this subsection are coordinated, to the maximum extent practicable, with other birth defects prevention and environmental health activities of the Federal Government, including with respect to pediatric environmental health specialty units and children’s environmental health centers.

(e) Evaluation.—In furtherance of the program under subsection (a), the Secretary shall provide for an evaluation of pregnancy and breastfeeding information services to identify efficient and effective models of—

(1) providing information;

(2) raising awareness and increasing knowledge about birth defects prevention measures and targeting education to at-risk groups;

(3) modifying risk behaviors; or

(4) other outcome measures as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(f) Authorization of appropriations.—To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, $6,000,000 for fiscal year 2018, $7,000,000 for fiscal year 2019, $8,000,000 for fiscal year 2020, and $9,000,000 for fiscal year 2021.

SEC. 505. Uniform State maternal mortality review committees on pregnancy-related deaths.

(a) In general.—Title V of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 701 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 514. Uniform State maternal mortality review committees on pregnancy-related deaths.

“(a) Grants.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2023, in addition to payments from allotments for States under section 502 for such year, the Secretary shall, subject to paragraph (3) and in accordance with the criteria established under paragraph (2), award grants to States to—

“(A) carry out the activities described in subsection (b)(1);

“(B) establish a State maternal mortality review committee, in accordance with subsection (b)(2), to carry out the activities described in subsection (b)(2)(A), and to establish the processes described in subsection (b)(1);

“(C) ensure the State department of health carries out the applicable activities described in subsection (b)(3), with respect to pregnancy-related deaths occurring within the State during such fiscal year;

“(D) implement and use the comprehensive case abstraction form developed under subsection (c), in accordance with such subsection; and

“(E) provide for public disclosure of information, in accordance with subsection (e).

“(2) CRITERIA.—The Secretary shall establish criteria for determining eligibility for and the amount of a grant awarded to a State under paragraph (1). Such criteria shall provide that in the case of a State that receives such a grant for a fiscal year and is determined by the Secretary to have not used such grant in accordance with this section, such State shall not be eligible for such a grant for any subsequent fiscal year.

“(3) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—For purposes of carrying out the grant program under this section, including for administrative purposes, there is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2023.

“(b) Pregnancy-Related death review.—

“(1) REVIEW OF PREGNANCY-RELATED DEATH AND PREGNANCY-ASSOCIATED DEATH CASES.—For purposes of subsection (a), with respect to a State that receives a grant under subsection (a), the following shall apply:

“(A) MANDATORY REPORTING OF PREGNANCY-RELATED DEATHS.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The State shall, through the State maternal mortality review committee, develop a process, separate from any reporting process established by the State department of health prior to the date of the enactment of this section, that provides for mandatory and confidential case reporting by individuals and entities described in clause (ii) of pregnancy-related deaths to the State department of health.

“(ii) INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES DESCRIBED.—Individuals and entities described in this clause include each of the following:

“(I) Health care providers.

“(II) Medical examiners.

“(III) Medical coroners.

“(IV) Hospitals.

“(V) Free-standing birth centers.

“(VI) Federally qualified health centers.

“(VII) Other health care facilities.

“(VIII) Any other individuals responsible for completing death certificates.

“(IX) Any other appropriate individuals or entities specified by the Secretary.

“(B) VOLUNTARY REPORTING OF PREGNANCY-RELATED AND PREGNANCY-ASSOCIATED DEATHS.—

“(i) The State shall, through the State maternal mortality review committee, develop a process for and encourage, separate from any reporting process established by the State department of health prior to the date of the enactment of this section, voluntary and confidential case reporting by individuals described in clause (ii) of pregnancy-associated deaths to the State department of health.

“(ii) The State shall, through the State maternal mortality review committee, develop a process for voluntary and confidential reporting by family members of the deceased and by other individuals on possible pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths to the State department of health. Such process shall include—

“(I) making publicly available on the Internet Web site of the State department of health a telephone number, Internet Web link, and email address for such reporting; and

“(II) publicizing to local professional organizations, community organizations, and social services agencies the availability of the telephone number, Internet Web link, and email address made available under subclause (I).

“(C) DEVELOPMENT OF CASE-FINDING.—The State, through the vital statistics unit of the State, shall annually identify pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths occurring in such State during the year involved by—

“(i) matching all death records, with respect to such year, for women of childbearing age to live birth certificates and infant death certificates to identify deaths of women that occurred during pregnancy and within one year after the end of a pregnancy;

“(ii) identifying deaths reported during such year as having an underlying or contributing cause of death related to pregnancy, regardless of the time that has passed between the end of the pregnancy and the death;

“(iii) collecting data from medical examiner and coroner reports; and

“(iv) any other methods the States may devise to identify maternal deaths, such as through review of a random sample of reported deaths of women of childbearing age to ascertain cases of pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths that are not discernable from a review of death certificates alone.

When feasible and for purposes of effectively collecting and obtaining data on pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths, the State shall adopt the most recent standardized birth and death certificates, as issued by the National Center for Vital Health Statistics, including the recommended checkbox section for pregnancy on the death certificates.

“(D) CASE INVESTIGATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF CASE SUMMARIES.—Following receipt of reports by the State department of health pursuant to subparagraph (A) or (B) and collection by the vital statistics unit of the State of possible cases of pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths pursuant to subparagraph (C), the State, through the State maternal mortality review committee established under subsection (a), shall investigate each case, utilizing the case abstraction form described in subsection (c), and prepare de-identified case summaries, which shall be reviewed by the committee and included in applicable reports. For purposes of subsection (a), under the processes established under subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C), a State department of health or vital statistics unit of a State shall provide to the State maternal mortality review committee access to information collected pursuant to such subparagraphs as necessary to carry out this subparagraph. Data and information collected for the case summary and review are for purposes of public health activities, in accordance with HIPAA privacy and security law (as defined in section 3009(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act). Such case investigations shall include data and information obtained through—

“(i) medical examiner and autopsy reports of the woman involved;

“(ii) medical records of the woman, including such records related to health care prior to pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal care, labor and delivery care, emergency room care, hospital discharge records including immunization status and screening status for prevalent diseases, and any care delivered up until the time of death of the woman for purposes of public health activities, in accordance with HIPAA privacy and security law (as defined in section 3009(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act);

“(iii) oral and written interviews of individuals directly involved in the maternal care of the woman during and immediately following the pregnancy of the woman, including health care, mental health, and social service providers in-language when possible, as applicable;

“(iv) optional oral or written interviews of the family of the woman;

“(v) socioeconomic and other relevant background information about the woman;

“(vi) information collected in subparagraph (C)(i); and

“(vii) other information on the cause of death of the woman, such as social services and child welfare reports, including experiences with intimate partner violence.

“(2) STATE MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEES.—

“(A) DUTIES.—

“(i) REQUIRED COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES.—For purposes of subsection (a), a maternal mortality review committee established by a State pursuant to a grant under such subsection shall carry out the following pregnancy-related death and pregnancy-associated death review activities and shall include all information relevant to the death involved on the case abstraction form developed under subsection (d):

“(I) With respect to a case of pregnancy-related or pregnancy-associated death of a woman, review the case summaries prepared under subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D) of paragraph (1).

“(II) Review aggregate statistical reports developed by the vital statistics unit of the State under paragraph (1)(C) regarding pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths to identify trends, patterns, and disparities in adverse outcomes and address medical, nonmedical, and system-related factors that may have contributed to such pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths and disparities.

“(III) Develop recommendations, based on the review of the case summaries under paragraph (1)(D) and aggregate statistical reports under subclause (II), to improve maternal care, social and health services, and public health policy and institutions, including with respect to improving access to maternal care, improving the availability of social services, and eliminating disparities in maternal care and outcomes.

“(ii) OPTIONAL COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES.—For purposes of subsection (a), a maternal mortality review committee established by a State under such subsection may present findings and recommendations regarding a specific case or set of circumstances directly to a health care facility or its local or State professional organization for the purpose of instituting policy changes, educational activities, or otherwise improving the quality of care provided by the facilities.

“(B) COMPOSITION OF MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEES.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Each State maternal mortality review committee established pursuant to a grant under subsection (a) shall be multidisciplinary, consisting of health care, behavioral health, and social service providers, public health officials, other persons with professional expertise on maternal health and mortality, and patient and community advocates who represent those communities within such State that are the most affected by maternal mortality. Membership on such a committee of a State shall be reviewed annually by the State department of health to ensure that membership representation requirements are being fulfilled in accordance with this paragraph.

“(ii) REQUIRED MEMBERSHIP.—Each such review committee shall include—

“(I) representatives from medical specialties providing care to pregnant and postpartum patients, including obstetricians (including generalists and maternal fetal medicine specialists), and family practice physicians;

“(II) representatives from midwifery specialties (including certified professional midwives and certified midwives);

“(III) advanced practice nurses;

“(IV) hospital-based nurses;

“(V) representatives of the State department of health maternal and child health department;

“(VI) social service providers or social workers;

“(VII) the chief medical examiners or designees;

“(VIII) facility representatives, such as from hospitals or free-standing birth centers; and

“(IX) community or patient advocates who represent those communities within the State that are the most affected by maternal mortality.

“(iii) ADDITIONAL MEMBERS.—Each such review committee may also include representatives from other relevant academic, health, social service, or policy professions, or community organizations, on an ongoing basis, or as needed, as determined beneficial by the review committee, including—

“(I) anesthesiologists;

“(II) emergency physicians;

“(III) pathologists;

“(IV) epidemiologists or biostatisticians;

“(V) intensivists;

“(VI) orthopedic surgeons and/or orthopedic physicians;

“(VII) vital statistics officers;

“(VIII) nutritionists;

“(IX) mental health professionals;

“(X) substance abuse treatment specialists;

“(XI) representatives of relevant advocacy groups;

“(XII) academics;

“(XIII) representatives of beneficiaries of the State plan under the Medicaid Program under title XIX;

“(XIV) paramedics;

“(XV) lawyers;

“(XVI) risk management specialists;

“(XVII) representatives of the departments of health or public health of major cities in the State involved; and

“(XVIII) policymakers.

“(iv) DIVERSE COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP.—The composition of such a committee, with respect to a State, shall include—

“(I) representatives from diverse communities, particularly those communities within such State most severely affected by pregnancy-related deaths or pregnancy-associated deaths and by a lack of access to relevant maternal care services, from community maternal child health organizations, and from minority advocacy groups;

“(II) members, including health care providers, from different geographic regions in the State, including any rural, urban, and tribal areas; and

“(III) health care and social service providers who work in communities that are diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, indigenous status, and English proficiency.

“(v) MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW STAFF.—Staff of each such review committee shall include—

“(I) vital health statisticians, maternal child health statisticians, or epidemiologists;

“(II) a coordinator of the State maternal mortality review committee, to be designated by the State; and

“(III) administrative staff.

“(C) OPTION FOR STATES TO FORM REGIONAL MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEWS.—States with a low rate of occurrence of pregnancy-associated or pregnancy-related deaths may choose to partner with one or more neighboring States to fulfill the activities described in paragraph (1)(C). In such a case, with respect to States in such a partnership, any requirement under this section relating to the reporting of information related to such activities shall be deemed to be fulfilled by each such State if a single such report is submitted for the partnership.

“(3) STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ACTIVITIES.—For purposes of subsection (a), a State department of health of a State receiving a grant under such subsection shall—

“(A) in consultation with the maternal mortality review committee of the State and in conjunction with relevant professional organizations, develop a plan for ongoing health care provider education, based on the findings and recommendations of the committee, in order to improve the quality of maternal care; and

“(B) take steps to widely disseminate the findings and recommendations of the State maternal mortality review committees of the State and to implement the recommendations of such committee.

“(c) Case abstraction form.—

“(1) DEVELOPMENT.—The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall develop a uniform, comprehensive case abstraction form and make such form available to States for State maternal mortality review committees for use by such committees in order to—

“(A) ensure that the cases and information collected and reviewed by such committees can be pooled for review by the Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies; and

“(B) preserve the uniformity of the information and its use for Federal public health purposes.

“(2) PERMISSIBLE STATE MODIFICATION.—Each State may modify the form developed under paragraph (1) for implementation and use by such State or by the State maternal mortality review committee of such State by including on such form additional information to be collected, but may not alter the standard questions on such form, in order to ensure that the information can be collected and reviewed centrally at the Federal level.

“(d) Treatment as public health authority for purposes of HIPAA.—For purposes of applying HIPAA privacy and security law (as defined in section 3009(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act), a State maternal mortality review committee of a State established pursuant to this section to carry out activities described in subsection (b)(2)(A) shall be deemed to be a public health authority described in section 164.501 (and referenced in section 164.512(b)(1)(i)) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation), carrying out public health activities and purposes described in such section 164.512(b)(1)(i) (or any such successor regulation).

“(e) Public disclosure of information.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—For fiscal year 2017 or a subsequent fiscal year, each State receiving a grant under this section for such year shall, subject to paragraph (3), provide for the public disclosure, and submission to the information clearinghouse established under paragraph (2), of the information included in the report of the State under section 506(a)(2)(F) for such year (relating to the findings for such year of the State maternal mortality review committee established by the State under this section).

“(2) INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish an information clearinghouse, that shall be administered by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that will maintain findings and recommendations submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) and provide such findings and recommendations for public review and research purposes by State health departments, maternal mortality review committees, and health providers and institutions.

“(3) CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION.—In no case shall any individually identifiable health information be provided to the public, or submitted to the information clearinghouse, under paragraph (1).

“(f) Confidentiality of review committee proceedings.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—All proceedings and activities of a State maternal mortality review committee under this section, opinions of members of such a committee formed as a result of such proceedings and activities, and records obtained, created, or maintained pursuant to this section, including records of interviews, written reports, and statements procured by the Department of Health and Human Services or by any other person, agency, or organization acting jointly with the Department, in connection with morbidity and mortality reviews under this section, shall be confidential, and not subject to discovery, subpoena, or introduction into evidence in any civil, criminal, legislative, or other proceeding. Such records shall not be open to public inspection.

“(2) TESTIMONY OF MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Members of a State maternal mortality review committee under this section may not be questioned in any civil, criminal, legislative, or other proceeding regarding information presented in, or opinions formed as a result of, a meeting or communication of the committee.

“(B) CLARIFICATION.—Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prevent a member of such a committee from testifying regarding information that was obtained independent of such member’s participation on the committee, or that is public information.

“(3) AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES.—Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the publishing by such a committee or the Department of Health and Human Services of statistical compilations and research reports that—

“(A) are based on confidential information, relating to morbidity and mortality review; and

“(B) do not contain identifying information or any other information that could be used to ultimately identify the individuals concerned.

“(g) Definitions.—For purposes of this section:

“(1) The term ‘pregnancy-associated death’ means the death of a woman while pregnant or during the one-year period following the date of the end of pregnancy, irrespective of the cause of such death.

“(2) The term ‘pregnancy-related death’ means the death of a woman while pregnant or during the one-year period following the date of the end of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration or site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from any accidental or incidental cause.

“(3) The term ‘woman of childbearing age’ means a woman who is at least 10 years of age and not more than 54 years of age.”.

(b) Inclusion of findings of review committees in required reports.—

(1) STATE TRIENNIAL REPORTS.—Paragraph (2) of section 506(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 706(a)) is amended by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following new subparagraph:

“(F) In the case of a State receiving a grant under section 514, beginning for the first fiscal year beginning after 3 years after the date of establishment of the State maternal mortality review committee established by the State pursuant to such grant and once every 3 years thereafter, information containing the findings and recommendations of such committee and information on the implementation of such recommendations during the period involved.”.

(2) ANNUAL REPORTS TO CONGRESS.—Paragraph (3) of such section is amended—

(A) in subparagraph (D) by striking “and” at the end;

(B) in subparagraph (E) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(F) For fiscal year 2017 and each subsequent fiscal year, taking into account the findings, recommendations, and implementation information submitted by States pursuant to paragraph (2)(F), on the status of pregnancy-related deaths and pregnancy-associated deaths in the United States and including recommendations on methods to prevent such deaths in the United States.”.

SEC. 506. Eliminating disparities in maternity health outcomes.

Part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 317V, as added, the following new section:

“SEC. 317W. Eliminating disparities in maternity health outcomes.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary (in consultation with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, and in consultation with relevant national stakeholder organizations such as national medical specialty organizations, national maternal child health organizations, national groups that represent minority populations, and national health disparity organizations) shall carry out the following activities to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes:

“(1) Conduct research into the determinants and the distribution of disparities in maternal care, health risks, and health outcomes, and improve the capacity of the performance measurement infrastructure to measure such disparities.

“(2) Expand access to services that have been demonstrated to improve the quality and outcomes of maternity care for vulnerable populations.

“(3) Establish a demonstration project to compare the effectiveness of interventions to reduce disparities in maternity services and outcomes, and implement and assess effective interventions.

“(b) Scope and selection of States for demonstration project.—The demonstration project under subsection (a)(3) shall be conducted in no more than 8 States, which shall be selected by the Secretary based on—

“(1) applications submitted by States, which specify which regions and populations the State involved will serve under the demonstration project;

“(2) criteria designed by the Secretary to ensure that, as a whole, the demonstration project is, to the greatest extent possible, representative of the demographic and geographic composition of communities most affected by disparities;

“(3) criteria designed by the Secretary to ensure that a variety of types of models are tested through the demonstration project and that such models include interventions that have an existing evidence base for effectiveness; and

“(4) criteria designed by the Secretary to assure that the demonstration projects and models will be carried out in consultation with local and regional provider organizations, such as community health centers, hospital systems, and medical societies representing providers of maternity services.

“(c) Duration of demonstration project.—The demonstration project under subsection (a)(3) shall begin on January 1, 2017, and end on December 31, 2021.

“(d) Grants for evaluation and monitoring.—The Secretary may make grants to States and health care providers participating in the demonstration project under subsection (a)(3) for the purpose of collecting data necessary for the evaluation and monitoring of such project.

“(e) Reports.—

“(1) STATE REPORTS.—Each State that participates in the demonstration project under subsection (a)(3) shall report to the Secretary, in a time, form, and manner specified by the Secretary, the data necessary to—

“(A) monitor the—

“(i) outcomes of the project;

“(ii) costs of the project; and

“(iii) quality of maternity care provided under the project; and

“(B) evaluate the rationale for the selection of the items and services included in any bundled payment made by the State under the project.

“(2) FINAL REPORT.—Not later than December 31, 2022, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the demonstration project under subsection (a)(3).”.

SEC. 507. Decreasing the risk factors for sudden unexpected infant death and sudden unexplained death in childhood.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and in consultation with the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”), shall establish and implement a culturally competent public health awareness and education campaign to provide information that is focused on decreasing the risk factors for sudden unexpected infant death and sudden unexplained death in childhood, including educating individuals about safe sleep environments, sleep positions, and reducing exposure to smoking during pregnancy and after birth.

(b) Targeted Populations.—The campaign under subsection (a) shall be designed to reduce health disparities through the targeting of populations with high rates of sudden unexpected infant death and sudden unexplained death in childhood.

(c) Consultation.—In establishing and implementing the campaign under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consult with national organizations representing health care providers, including nurses and physicians, parents, child care providers, children's advocacy and safety organizations, maternal and child health programs, nutrition professionals focusing on women, infants, and children, and other individuals and groups determined necessary by the Secretary for such establishment and implementation.

(d) Grants.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—In carrying out the campaign under subsection (a), the Secretary shall award grants to national organizations, State and local health departments, and community-based organizations for the conduct of education and outreach programs for nurses, parents, child care providers, public health agencies, and community organizations.

(2) APPLICATION.—To be eligible to receive a grant under paragraph (1), an entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 508. Reducing unintended teenage pregnancies.

Title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new part:

“PART WYouth Pregnancy Prevention Programs

“SEC. 399OO. Purpose.

“It is the purpose of this part to develop and carry out research and multimedia campaigns on new and existing program interventions to provide youth in communities at disproportionate risk for unintended teen pregnancy (particularly young people of color, immigrant communities, youth in the foster care system, youth in the juvenile justice system, rural youth, and LGBTQ youth) the information and skills needed to prevent unintended teenage pregnancies, build healthy relationships, and improve overall health and well-being.

“SEC. 399OO–1. Limitation.

“No Federal funds provided under this Act may be used for media awareness campaigns that—

“(1) withhold health-promoting or life-saving information about sexuality-related topics;

“(2) undermine young people’s confidence in the effectiveness of contraception;

“(3) are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective;

“(4) promote gender, racial, or ethnic stereotypes;

“(5) are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of sexually active youth, LGBTQ youth, or youth survivors of sexual violence;

“(6) are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of medicine and public health; or

“(7) stigmatize and shame youth who are parenting or choose to parent.

“SEC. 399OO–2. Multimedia campaigns to promote teen sexual health.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary shall award competitive grants to public and private entities, including national or regional intermediaries with affiliates located in urban communities, to carry out multimedia campaigns to provide public education and increase public awareness regarding teen sexual health, including unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, sexual violence, and related relationship, emotional, social, and cultural issues.

“(b) Priority.—In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to applicants proposing to carry out campaigns developed for communities with a high prevalence of unintended teen pregnancy (particularly young people of color, immigrant communities, youth in the foster care system, youth in the juvenile justice system, rural youth, and LGBTQ youth).

“(c) Information To be provided.—As a condition of receipt of a grant under this section, an entity shall agree to use the grant to carry out multimedia campaigns described in subsection (a) that—

“(1) at a minimum, shall provide information on—

“(A) human development;

“(B) healthy relationships and personal skills including communication, consent, and violence prevention; and

“(C) sexual behavior and health, including abstinence, prevention of unintended teen pregnancy, and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; and

“(2) may provide information on the prevention of dating violence and sexual assault.

“SEC. 399OO–3. Research on reducing unintended teenage pregnancies and teenage dating violence and improving healthy relationships.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall make grants to public and private entities to conduct, support, or coordinate research on teen sexual health (including unintended teen pregnancy, dating violence, and healthy relationships among persons of color and immigrant communities) that—

“(1) improves data collection on—

“(A) sexual and reproductive health, including unintended teenage pregnancies and births, among all minority communities and subpopulations in which such data are not collected, including American Indian and Alaska Native youth;

“(B) sexual behavior, reproductive and sexual coercion, and teenage contraceptive use patterns at the State level, as appropriate;

“(C) unintended teenage pregnancies among youth in and aging out of foster care or juvenile justice systems and the underlying factors that lead to unintended teenage pregnancy among youth in foster care or juvenile justice systems; and

“(D) sexual and reproductive health, including teenage pregnancies and births, sexual behavior, reproductive and sexual coercion, and teenage contraceptive use among—

“(i) LGBTQ youth; and

“(ii) rural youth;

“(2) investigates—

“(A) the variance in the rates of unintended teenage pregnancy by—

“(i) racial and ethnic group (such as Hispanic, Asian-American, African-American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native); and

“(ii) socioeconomic status, based on the income of the family and education attainment;

“(B) factors affecting the risk for youth of unintended teenage pregnancy or dating violence, including the physical and social environment, level of acculturation, access to health care, aspirations for the future, and history of physical or sexual violence or abuse;

“(C) the role that violence and abuse play in teenage sex, pregnancy, and childbearing;

“(D) strategies to address the disproportionate rates of unintended teenage pregnancies and dating violence in racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities;

“(E) how effective interventions can be replicated or adapted in other settings to serve racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities in a culturally appropriate manner; and

“(F) the effectiveness of media campaigns in addressing healthy relationship development, dating violence prevention, and unintended teenage pregnancy; and

“(3) tests research-based strategies for addressing high rates of unintended teenage pregnancy through programs that emphasize healthy relationships and violence prevention.

“(b) Priority.—In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall give priority to research that incorporates—

“(1) interdisciplinary approaches;

“(2) a strong emphasis on community-based participatory research;

“(3) consideration and assessment of State and local education and health policies that may impact teen sexual health; or

“(4) translational research.

“SEC. 399OO–4. HHS adolescent health work group.

“(a) Purpose.—Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this part, the Secretary shall direct the interagency adolescent health workgroup within the Office of Adolescent Health of the Department of Health and Human Services to—

“(1) include in the work of the group strategies for teenage dating violence prevention and healthy teenage relationships with a particular focus among racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities; and

“(2) with respect to including such strategies, consult, to the greatest extent possible, with the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence formed under the leadership of the National Institute of Justice of the Department of Justice.

“(b) Report Requirement.—The Secretary, through the Office of Adolescent Health, shall periodically submit to Congress a report that—

“(1) includes a review of the evidence-based programs on preventing unintended teenage pregnancy, which are carried out and identified by the Office; and

“(2) identifies the programs of the Department of Health and Human Services that include teenage dating violence prevention and the promotion of healthy teenage relationships as part of a strategy to prevent unintended teenage pregnancy.

“SEC. 399OO–5. General grant provisions.

“(a) Applications.—To seek a grant under this part, an entity shall submit an application to the Secretary in such form, in such manner, and containing such agreements, assurances, and information as the Secretary may require.

“(b) Additional requirements.—A grant may be made under this part only if the applicant involved agrees that information, activities, and services provided under the grant—

“(1) will be evidence-based or evidence-informed;

“(2) will be factually and medically accurate and complete; and

“(3) if directed to a particular population group, will be provided in an appropriate language and cultural context.

“(c) Training and technical assistance.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Of the total amount made available to carry out this part for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall use 10 percent to provide, directly or through a competitive grant process, training and technical assistance to the grant recipients under this part, including by disseminating research and information regarding effective and promising practices, providing consultation and resources on a broad array of teenage and unintended pregnancy and violence prevention strategies, and developing resources and materials.

“(2) COLLABORATION.—In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall collaborate with Federal, State, public, and private entities that have expertise in sexual health education, prevention of unintended teen pregnancy, healthy relationship development, minority health and health disparities, and violence prevention.

“SEC. 399OO–6. Definitions.

“In this part:

“(1) EVIDENCE-BASED OR EVIDENCE-INFORMED.—The terms ‘evidence-based or evidence-informed’ mean having been proven through rigorous evaluation to change sexual behavior or incorporate characteristics of effective programs, including development, content, and implementation of such programs, that—

“(A) have been shown to be effective in terms of increasing knowledge, clarifying values and attitudes, increasing skills, and impacting upon behavior; and

“(B) are widely recognized by leading medical and public health agencies to be effective in changing sexual behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and dating violence and sexual assault among young people.

“(2) LGBTQ YOUTH.—The term ‘LGBTQ youth’ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

“(3) MEDICALLY ACCURATE AND COMPLETE.—The term ‘medically accurate and complete’ means, with respect to information, activities, or services, verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and—

“(A) published in peer-reviewed journals, where applicable; or

“(B) comprising information that leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field recognize as accurate, objective, and complete.

“(4) RACIAL OR ETHNIC MINORITY OR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES.—The term ‘racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities’ means communities with a substantial number of residents who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups or who are immigrants.

“(5) REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL COERCION.—The term ‘reproductive and sexual coercion’—

“(A) means, with respect to a person, coercive behavior that interferes with the ability of such person to control the reproductive decisionmaking of such person, such as intentionally exposing such person to sexually transmitted infections; attempting to impregnate such person against their will; intentionally interfering with the person’s birth control; or threatening or acting violent if the person does not comply with the perpetrator’s wishes regarding contraception or the decision whether to terminate or continue a pregnancy; and

“(B) includes a range of behaviors that a partner may use related to sexual decision-making to pressure or coerce a person to have sex without using physical force, such as repeatedly pressuring a partner to have sex when they do not want to; threatening to end a relationship if a person does not have sex; and threatening retaliation if notified of a positive sexually transmitted infection test result.

“(6) YOUTH.—The term ‘youth’ means individuals who are 11 to 19 years of age.

“SEC. 399OO–7. Reports.

“(a) Report on use of funds.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this part, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the use of funds provided pursuant to this part.

“(b) Report on impact of programs.—Not later than March 1, 2021, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the impact of the programs under this part on reducing unintended teenage pregnancies.

“SEC. 399OO–8. Authorization of appropriations.

“(a) In general.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this part such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

“(b) Availability.—Amounts appropriated pursuant to subsection (a)—

“(1) are authorized to remain available until expended; and

“(2) are in addition to amounts otherwise made available for such purposes.”.

SEC. 509. Gestational diabetes.

Part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 243 et seq.) is amended by adding after section 317H the following:

“SEC. 317H–1. Gestational diabetes.

“(a) Understanding and monitoring gestational diabetes.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in consultation with the Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee established under section 429 and representatives of appropriate national health organizations, shall develop a multisite gestational diabetes research project within the diabetes program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand and enhance surveillance data and public health research on gestational diabetes.

“(2) AREAS TO BE ADDRESSED.—The research project developed under paragraph (1) shall address—

“(A) procedures to establish accurate and efficient systems for the collection of gestational diabetes data within each State and commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States;

“(B) the progress of collaborative activities with the National Vital Statistics System, the National Center for Health Statistics, and State health departments with respect to the standard birth certificate, in order to improve surveillance of gestational diabetes;

“(C) postpartum methods of tracking women with gestational diabetes after delivery as well as targeted interventions proven to lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes in that population;

“(D) variations in the distribution of diagnosed and undiagnosed gestational diabetes, and of impaired fasting glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose, within and among groups of women; and

“(E) factors and culturally sensitive interventions that influence risks and reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes and related complications during childbirth, including cultural, behavioral, racial, ethnic, geographic, demographic, socioeconomic, and genetic factors.

“(3) REPORT.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall generate a report on the findings and recommendations of the research project including prevalence of gestational diabetes in the multisite area and disseminate the report to the appropriate Federal and non-Federal agencies.

“(b) Expansion of gestational diabetes research.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall expand and intensify public health research regarding gestational diabetes. Such research may include—

“(A) developing and testing novel approaches for improving postpartum diabetes testing or screening and for preventing type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes; and

“(B) conducting public health research to further understanding of the epidemiologic, socioenvironmental, behavioral, translation, and biomedical factors and health systems that influence the risk of gestational diabetes and the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes.

“(2) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

“(c) Demonstration grants To lower the rate of gestational diabetes.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities for demonstration projects that implement evidence-based interventions to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes, the recurrence of gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies, and the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes.

“(2) PRIORITY.—In making grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to projects focusing on—

“(A) helping women who have 1 or more risk factors for developing gestational diabetes;

“(B) working with women with a history of gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy;

“(C) providing postpartum care for women with gestational diabetes;

“(D) tracking cases where women with a history of gestational diabetes developed type 2 diabetes;

“(E) educating mothers with a history of gestational diabetes about the increased risk of their child developing diabetes;

“(F) working to prevent gestational diabetes and prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes; and

“(G) achieving outcomes designed to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of interventions that can inform decisions on long-term sustainability, including third-party reimbursement.

“(3) APPLICATION.—An eligible entity desiring to receive a grant under this subsection shall submit to the Secretary—

“(A) an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require; and

“(B) a plan to—

“(i) lower the rate of gestational diabetes during pregnancy; or

“(ii) develop methods of tracking women with a history of gestational diabetes and develop effective interventions to lower the incidence of the recurrence of gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies and the development of type 2 diabetes.

“(4) USES OF FUNDS.—An eligible entity receiving a grant under this subsection shall use the grant funds to carry out demonstration projects described in paragraph (1), including—

“(A) expanding community-based health promotion education, activities, and incentives focused on the prevention of gestational diabetes and development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes;

“(B) aiding State- and tribal-based diabetes prevention and control programs to collect, analyze, disseminate, and report surveillance data on women with, and at risk for, gestational diabetes, the recurrence of gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies, and, for women with a history of gestational diabetes, the development of type 2 diabetes; and

“(C) training and encouraging health care providers—

“(i) to promote risk assessment, high-quality care, and self-management for gestational diabetes and the recurrence of gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies; and

“(ii) to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes, and its complications in the practice settings of the health care providers.

“(5) REPORT.—Not later than 4 years after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Congress a report concerning the results of the demonstration projects conducted through the grants awarded under this subsection.

“(6) DEFINITION OF ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—In this subsection, the term ‘eligible entity’ means a nonprofit organization (such as a nonprofit academic center or community health center) or a State, tribal, or local health agency.

“(7) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

“(d) Postpartum followup regarding gestational diabetes.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall work with the State- and tribal-based diabetes prevention and control programs assisted by the Centers to encourage postpartum followup after gestational diabetes, as medically appropriate, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of gestational diabetes, the recurrence of gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies, the development of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes, and related complications.”.

SEC. 510. Emergency contraception education and information programs.

(a) Emergency Contraception Public Education Program.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall develop and disseminate to the public medically accurate and complete information on emergency contraception.

(2) DISSEMINATION.—The Secretary may disseminate medically accurate and complete information under paragraph (1) directly or through arrangements with nonprofit organizations, community health workers including promotoras, consumer groups, institutions of higher education, clinics, the media, and Federal, State, and local agencies.

(3) INFORMATION.—The information disseminated under paragraph (1) shall—

(A) include, at a minimum, a description of emergency contraception and an explanation of the use, safety, efficacy, and availability of such contraception; and

(B) be pilot tested for consumer comprehension, cultural and linguistic appropriateness, and acceptance of the messages across geographically, racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse populations.

(b) Emergency Contraception Information Program for Health Care Providers.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and in consultation with major medical and public health organizations, shall develop and disseminate to health care providers information on emergency contraception.

(2) INFORMATION.—The information disseminated under paragraph (1) shall include, at a minimum—

(A) information describing the use, safety, efficacy, and availability of emergency contraception;

(B) a recommendation regarding the use of such contraception; and

(C) information explaining how to obtain copies of the information developed under subsection (a) for distribution to the patients of the providers.

(c) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION.—The term “emergency contraception” means a drug or device (as the terms are defined in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321)) or a drug regimen that—

(A) is used postcoitally;

(B) prevents pregnancy primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation, and does not terminate an established pregnancy; and

(C) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

(2) HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.—The term “health care provider” means an individual who is licensed or certified under State law to provide health care services and who is operating within the scope of such license. Such term shall include a pharmacist.

(3) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.—The term “institution of higher education” has the same meaning given such term in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)).

(4) MEDICALLY ACCURATE AND COMPLETE.—The term “medically accurate and complete” means, with respect to information, activities, or services verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and—

(A) published in peer-reviewed journals, where applicable; or

(B) comprising information that leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field recognize as accurate, objective, and complete.

(5) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(d) Authorization of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 511. Supporting healthy adolescent development.

(a) In General.—The Secretary may award a grant to each eligible State to conduct programs of sex education described in subsection (b), including education on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis.

(b) Requirements for Sex Education Programs.—A program of sex education described in this subsection is a program that—

(1) is age appropriate and medically accurate;

(2) stresses the value of abstinence while not ignoring those young people who have been or are sexually active;

(3) includes information providing a factual understanding of male and female reproductive anatomy;

(4) provides medically accurate and complete information about the health benefits side effects, and availability of contraceptive and barrier methods used—

(A) as a means to prevent pregnancy; and

(B) to reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis;

(5) encourages family communication between parent and child about sexuality;

(6) cultivates a respectful dialogue about sexuality, including sexual orientation and gender identity, and embraces the principles of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity;

(7) counters the perpetuation of narrow gender roles, including the sexualization of female children, adolescents, and adults;

(8) teaches young people the skills to make responsible decisions about sexuality, including how to avoid unwanted verbal, physical, and sexual advances and how to avoid making verbal, physical, and sexual advances that are not wanted by the other party;

(9) develops healthy relationships, including the prevention of dating and sexual violence;

(10) teaches young people how alcohol and drug use can affect responsible decisionmaking; and

(11) does not teach or promote religion.

(c) Additional Activities.—In carrying out a program of sex education, a State may expend grant funds awarded under subsection (a) to carry out educational and motivational activities that help young people—

(1) gain knowledge about the physical, emotional, biological, and hormonal changes of adolescence and subsequent stages of human maturation;

(2) develop the knowledge and skills necessary—

(A) to ensure and protect their sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection, including HIV/AIDS, throughout their lifespan;

(B) to be aware that certain racial and ethnic groups are more affected by certain sexually transmitted infections; and

(C) to receive the education to prevent further transmission;

(3) gain knowledge about the specific involvement and responsibility of each individual in sexual decisionmaking;

(4) develop healthy attitudes and values about adolescent growth and development, body image, gender roles, racial and ethnic diversity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and other subjects;

(5) develop and practice healthy life skills including goal-setting, decisionmaking, negotiation, communication, and stress management; and

(6) promote self-esteem and positive interpersonal skills focusing on relationship dynamics, including friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage, and family interactions.

(d) Matching funds.—The Secretary may not make payments to a State under this section in an amount exceeding Federal medical assistance percentage for such State (as such term is defined in section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(b))) of the costs of the programs conducted by the State under this section.

(e) Evaluation of programs.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—For the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of programs of sex education carried out with a grant under this section, evaluations shall be carried out in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) NATIONAL EVALUATION.—

(A) METHOD.—The Secretary shall provide for a national evaluation of a representative sample of programs of sex education carried out with grants under this section to determine—

(i) the effectiveness of such programs in helping to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse and other high-risk behaviors;

(ii) the effectiveness of such programs in preventing adolescent pregnancy;

(iii) the effectiveness of such programs in preventing sexually transmitted infection, including HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis;

(iv) the effectiveness of such programs in increasing contraceptive knowledge and contraceptive behaviors when sexual intercourse occurs; and

(v) a list of best practices that—

(I) is based upon essential programmatic components of evaluated programs that have led to success described in clauses (i) through (iv); and

(II) documents the racial and ethnic minority populations that are recipients of grant funds under this section or are served by programs of sex education funded under this section.

(B) GRANT CONDITION.—A condition for the receipt of a grant to a State under this section is that the State cooperate with the evaluation under subparagraph (A).

(C) REPORT.—The Secretary shall submit to the Congress—

(i) not later than the end of each fiscal year during the 5-year period beginning with fiscal year 2017, an interim report on the national evaluation under subparagraph (A); and

(ii) not later than March 31, 2020, a final report providing the results of such national evaluation.

(3) INDIVIDUAL STATE EVALUATIONS.—A condition for the receipt of a grant under this section is that the State evaluate the programs of sex education funded through such grant in accordance with the following requirements:

(A) The evaluation will be conducted by an external, independent entity.

(B) The purposes of the evaluation will be the determination of—

(i) the effectiveness of such programs in helping to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse and other high-risk behaviors;

(ii) the effectiveness of such programs in preventing adolescent pregnancy;

(iii) the effectiveness of such programs in preventing sexually transmitted infection, including HIV/AIDS; and

(iv) the effectiveness of such programs in increasing contraceptive and barrier method knowledge and contraceptive behaviors when sexual intercourse occurs.

(f) Limitations on use of funds.—

(1) LIMITATIONS ON SECRETARY.—Of the amounts appropriated for a fiscal year for purposes of this section, the Secretary may not use more than—

(A) 7 percent of such amounts for administrative expenses related to carrying out this section for that fiscal year; and

(B) 10 percent of such amounts for the national evaluation under subsection (e)(2).

(2) LIMITATIONS TO STATES.—Of amounts provided to an eligible State under this subsection, the State may not use more than 10 percent of the grant to conduct any evaluation under subsection (e)(3).

(g) Nondiscrimination required.—Programs funded under this section shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Nothing in this section shall be construed to invalidate or limit rights, remedies, procedures, or legal standards available to victims of discrimination under any other Federal law or any law of a State or a political subdivision of a State, including title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).

(h) Definitions.—For purposes of this section:

(1) The term “age appropriate” means, with respect to topics, messages, and teaching methods, those suitable to particular ages or age groups of children, adolescents, and adults, based on developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral capacity typical for the age or age group.

(2) The term “eligible State” means a State that submits to the Secretary an application for a grant under this section that 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 section.

(3) The term “HIV/AIDS” means the human immunodeficiency virus, and includes acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

(4) The term “medically accurate”, with respect to information, means information that is supported by research, recognized as accurate and objective by leading medical, psychological, psychiatric, and public health organizations and agencies, and, published in journals that are peer reviewed.

(5) The term “State” means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.

(i) Authorization of appropriations.—For the purpose of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2017 through 2021.

SEC. 512. Compassionate assistance for rape emergencies.

(a) Medicare.—

(1) LIMITATION ON PAYMENT.—Section 1866(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395cc(a)(1)) is amended—

(A) in the subparagraph (W) added by section 3005(1)(C) of Public Law 111–148

(i) by striking the period at the end and inserting a comma;

(ii) by moving the indentation 2 ems to the left; and

(iii) by moving such subparagraph to immediately follow subparagraph (V);

(B) in the subparagraph (W) added by section 6406(b)(3) of Public Law 111–148

(i) by striking the period at the end and inserting “, and”;

(ii) by moving the indentation 2 ems to the left;

(iii) by redesignating such subparagraph as subparagraph (X); and

(iv) by moving such subparagraph to immediately follow subparagraph (W), as moved under paragraph (2)(C); and

(C) by inserting after the subparagraph (X), as redesignated and moved under paragraph (3), the following:

“(Y) in the case of a hospital or critical access hospital, to adopt and enforce a policy to ensure compliance with the requirements of subsection (l) and to meet the requirements of such subsection.”.

(2) ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS.—Section 1866 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395cc) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(l) Compassionate assistance for rape emergencies.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of section 1866(a)(1)(Y), a hospital meets the requirements of this subsection if the hospital provides each of the services described in paragraph (2) to each individual, whether or not eligible for benefits under this title or under any other form of health insurance. who comes to the hospital on or after January 1, 2017, and—

“(A) who states to hospital personnel that they are victims of sexual assault;

“(B) who is accompanied by an individual who states to hospital personnel that the individual is a victim of sexual assault; or

“(C) whom hospital personnel, during the course of treatment and care for the individual, have reason to believe is a victim of sexual assault.

“(2) REQUIRED SERVICES DESCRIBED.—For purposes of paragraph (1), the services described in this subparagraph are the following:

“(A) Provision of medically and factually accurate and unbiased written and oral information about emergency contraception that—

“(i) is written in clear and concise language;

“(ii) is readily comprehensible;

“(iii) includes an explanation that—

“(I) emergency contraception has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an over-the-counter medication for individuals, and is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure if taken in a timely manner;

“(II) emergency contraception is more effective the sooner it is taken; and

“(III) emergency contraception does not cause an abortion and cannot interrupt an established pregnancy;

“(iv) meets such conditions regarding the provision of such information in languages other than English as the Secretary may establish; and

“(v) is provided without regard to the ability of the individual or their family to pay costs associated with the provision of such information to the individual.

“(B) Immediate offer to provide emergency contraception to the individual at the hospital and, in the case that the individual accepts such offer, immediate provision to the individual of such contraception on the same day it is requested without regard to the inability of the individual or their family to pay costs associated with the offer and provision of such contraception.

“(C) Development and implementation of a written policy to ensure that an individual is present at the hospital, or on-call, who—

“(i) has authority to dispense or prescribe emergency contraception, independently, or under a protocol prepared by a physician for the administration of emergency contraception at the hospital to a victim of sexual assault; and

“(ii) is trained to comply with the requirements of this section.

“(3) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this paragraph:

“(A) The term ‘emergency contraception’ means a drug or device (as such terms are defined in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321)) or a drug regimen that—

“(i) is used postcoitally;

“(ii) prevents pregnancy primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation, and does not terminate an established pregnancy; and

“(iii) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“(B) The term ‘hospital’ includes a critical access hospital, as defined in section 1861(mm)(1).

“(C) The term ‘sexual assault’ means coitus in which the individual involved does not consent or lacks the legal capacity to consent.”.

(b) Limitation on payment under Medicaid.—Section 1903(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(i)) is amended by inserting after paragraph (11) the following new paragraph:

“(12) with respect to any amount expended for care or services furnished under the plan by a hospital on or after January 1, 2017, unless such hospital meets the requirements specified in section 1866(l) for purposes of title XVIII.”.

SEC. 513. Access to birth control duties of pharmacies to ensure provision of FDA-approved contraception.

Part B of title II of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 238 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 249. Duties of pharmacies to ensure provision of FDA-approved contraception.

“(a) In general.—Subject to subsection (c), a pharmacy that receives Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs or devices in interstate commerce shall maintain compliance with the following:

“(1) If a customer requests a contraceptive, including emergency contraception, that is in stock, the pharmacy shall ensure that the contraceptive is provided to the customer—

“(A) without delay;

“(B) without regard to the customer’s age, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation;

“(C) without a requirement that identification be presented; and

“(D) despite any conflicts of employees to filling a prescription and dispensing a particular prescription drug or device due to sincerely held moral, philosophical, or religious beliefs.

“(2) If a customer requests a contraceptive that is not in stock and the pharmacy in the normal course of business stocks contraception, the pharmacy shall immediately inform the customer that the contraceptive is not in stock and without delay offer the customer the following options:

“(A) If the customer prefers to obtain the contraceptive through a referral or transfer, the pharmacy shall—

“(i) locate a pharmacy of the customer’s choice or the closest pharmacy confirmed to have the contraceptive in stock; and

“(ii) refer the customer or transfer the prescription to that pharmacy.

“(B) If the customer prefers for the pharmacy to order the contraceptive, the pharmacy shall obtain the contraceptive under the pharmacy’s standard procedure for expedited ordering of medication and notify the customer when the contraceptive arrives.

“(3) The pharmacy shall ensure that its employees do not—

“(A) intimidate, threaten, or harass customers in the delivery of services relating to a request for contraception;

“(B) interfere with or obstruct the delivery of services relating to a request for contraception;

“(C) intentionally misrepresent or deceive customers about the availability of contraception or its mechanism of action;

“(D) breach medical confidentiality with respect to a request for contraception or threaten to breach such confidentiality; or

“(E) refuse to return a valid, lawful prescription for contraception upon customer request.

“(b) Contraceptives not ordinarily stocked.—Nothing in subsection (a)(2) shall be construed to require any pharmacy to comply with such subsection if the pharmacy does not ordinarily stock contraceptives in the normal course of business.

“(c) Refusals pursuant to standard pharmacy practice.—This section does not prohibit a pharmacy from refusing to provide a contraceptive to a customer in accordance with any of the following:

“(1) If it is unlawful to dispense the contraceptive to the customer without a valid, lawful prescription and no such prescription is presented.

“(2) If the customer is unable to pay for the contraceptive.

“(3) If the employee of the pharmacy refuses to provide the contraceptive on the basis of a professional clinical judgment.

“(d) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to invalidate or limit rights, remedies, procedures, or legal standards under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“(e) Preemption.—This section does not preempt any provision of State law or any professional obligation made applicable by a State board or other entity responsible for licensing or discipline of pharmacies or pharmacists, to the extent that such State law or professional obligation provides protections for customers that are greater than the protections provided by this section.

“(f) Enforcement.—

“(1) CIVIL PENALTY.—A pharmacy that violates a requirement of subsection (a) is liable to the United States for a civil penalty in an amount not exceeding $1,000 per day of violation, not to exceed $100,000 for all violations adjudicated in a single proceeding.

“(2) PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION.—Any person aggrieved as a result of a violation of a requirement of subsection (a) may, in any court of competent jurisdiction, commence a civil action against the pharmacy involved to obtain appropriate relief, including actual and punitive damages, injunctive relief, and a reasonable attorney’s fee and cost.

“(3) LIMITATIONS.—A civil action under paragraph (1) or (2) may not be commenced against a pharmacy after the expiration of the 5-year period beginning on the date on which the pharmacy allegedly engaged in the violation involved.

“(g) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘contraception’ or ‘contraceptive’ means any drug or device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent pregnancy.

“(2) The term ‘employee’ means a person hired, by contract or any other form of an agreement, by a pharmacy.

“(3) The term ‘pharmacy’ means an entity that—

“(A) is authorized by a State to engage in the business of selling prescription drugs at retail; and

“(B) employs one or more employees.

“(4) The term ‘product’ means a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug or device.

“(5) The term ‘professional clinical judgment’ means the use of professional knowledge and skills to form a clinical judgment, in accordance with prevailing medical standards.

“(6) The term ‘without delay’, with respect to a pharmacy providing, providing a referral for, or ordering contraception, or transferring the prescription for contraception, means within the usual and customary timeframe at the pharmacy for providing, providing a referral for, or ordering other products, or transferring the prescription for other products, respectively.

“(h) Effective date.—This section shall take effect on the 31st day after the date of the enactment of this section, without regard to whether the Secretary has issued any guidance or final rule regarding this section.”.

SEC. 514. Additional focus area for the Office on Women’s Health.

Section 229(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 237a(b)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (6), at the end, by striking “and”;

(2) in paragraph (7), at the end, by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: