Text: H.R.3484 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/27/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3484


To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to award grants to States to implement a tick identification pilot program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 27, 2017

Mr. Katko (for himself, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Engel, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tenney, Mr. Reed, Mr. Donovan, and Mr. Faso) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to award grants to States to implement a tick identification pilot program.

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 “Tick Identification Pilot Program Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Tick identification pilot program.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may award grants to States to implement a tick identification program.

(b) Priority.—In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to States that—

(1) have more reported cases of Lyme disease; and

(2) submit an effective plan for implementation and maintenance of a tick identification program.

(c) Program requirements.—Any program funded under this section shall—

(1) allow individuals to submit electronically photo images of ticks encountered;

(2) require images of ticks to be submitted with the likely geographic location where the ticks were encountered, the date on which the ticks were encountered, and the likely physical location where the ticks were found (for example, on a pet, on a human, or loose);

(3) after review by a qualified professional, respond to the individual directly within 72 hours of the image being received with—

(A) if possible, identification of the species and life stage of the tick;

(B) if possible, an estimate of the risk that the tick carried a tick-borne disease;

(C) a recommendation of the best practices for the individual who encountered the tick, including with respect to seeking medical evaluation and submitting the tick for testing; and

(D) additional education on best methods to avoid ticks and prevent contagion of tick-borne illnesses; and

(4) maintain a database of reported tick incidents, including—

(A) the date, geographic location, and environment of the encounter;

(B) any identifying information about the tick that was determined; and

(C) best practices that were disseminated to each reporting individual.

(d) Application.—To seek a grant under this section, a State shall submit an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may prescribe.

(e) Data collection; report.—

(1) DATA COLLECTION.—The Secretary shall collect, with respect to each State program funded under this section and each fiscal year, the following data:

(A) The number of tick incidents reported.

(B) For each incident reported—

(i) the date, geographic location, and environment of the encounter;

(ii) any identifying information about the tick that was determined; and

(iii) best practices that were disseminated to each reporting individual.

(2) REPORT.—Not later than 90 days after the first day of each of fiscal years 2018 through 2021, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Congress a report on the data collected under paragraph (1).

(f) Definition.—In this Act:

(1) The term “qualified professional” means a biologist with a background in vector biology.

(2) The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.