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Introduced in Senate (09/19/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1834


To amend title XXVIII of the Public Health Service Act to establish a National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 19, 2017

Mr. Nelson (for himself, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Casey, and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To amend title XXVIII of the Public Health Service Act to establish a National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters.

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 “Protecting Seniors During Disasters Act”.

SEC. 2. National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters.

Subtitle B of title XXVIII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300hh et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 2811A the following:

“SEC. 2811B. National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters.

“(a) Establishment.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall establish an advisory committee to be known as the ‘National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters’ (referred to in this section as the ‘Advisory Committee’).

“(b) Duties.—The Advisory Committee shall—

“(1) provide advice and consultation with respect to the activities carried out pursuant to section 2814, as applicable and appropriate;

“(2) evaluate and provide input with respect to the medical and public health needs of seniors as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards emergencies; and

“(3) provide advice and consultation with respect to State emergency preparedness and response activities and seniors, including related drills and exercises pursuant to the preparedness goals under section 2802(b).

“(c) Additional duties.—The Advisory Committee may provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary with respect to seniors and the medical and public health grants and cooperative agreements as applicable to preparedness and response activities authorized under this title and title III.

“(d) Membership.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary, in consultation with such other Secretaries as may be appropriate, shall appoint not to exceed 15 members to the Advisory Committee. In appointing such members, the Secretary shall ensure that the total membership of the Advisory Committee is an odd number.

“(2) REQUIRED MEMBERS.—The Secretary, in consultation with such other Secretaries as may be appropriate, may appoint to the Advisory Committee under paragraph (1) such individuals as may be appropriate to perform the duties described in subsections (b) and (c), which may include—

“(A) the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response;

“(B) the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority;

“(C) the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

“(D) the Commissioner of Food and Drugs;

“(E) the Director of the National Institutes of Health;

“(F) the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services;

“(G) the Administrator for Community Living;

“(H) the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency;

“(I) the Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration;

“(J) at least two non-Federal health care professionals with expertise in medical disaster planning, preparedness, response, or recovery;

“(K) at least two representatives from State, local, territorial, or tribal agencies with expertise in disaster planning, preparedness, response, or recovery; and

“(L) representatives from such Federal agencies (such as the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security) as determined necessary to fulfill the duties of the Advisory Committee, as established under subsections (b) and (c).

“(e) Meetings.—The Advisory Committee shall meet not less than biannually.

“(f) Sunset.—The Advisory Committee shall terminate on September 30, 2021.”.


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