Text: H.R.6686 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/01/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6686


To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase access to accelerated postgraduate nursing programs, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 1, 2020

Ms. Mucarsel-Powell introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase access to accelerated postgraduate nursing programs, 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 “Bringing Additional Nurses to the Fight Act”.

SEC. 2. Accelerated postgraduate programs.

(a) In general.—Section 831(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296p(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “or” at the end;

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(3) developing, implementing, or expanding an accelerated postgraduate nursing program for individuals who—

“(A) have earned some credit pursuing a course of study in a nursing-related field (including foundational science courses at the undergraduate level) at an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965) or a foreign institution of higher education; and

“(B) are citizens, nationals, or lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens of the United States.”.

(b) Authorization of appropriations.—Section 871 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 298d) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(c) Accelerated postgraduate programs.—In addition to amounts made available under paragraph (1), for the purpose of carrying out section 831(a)(3), there are authorized to be appropriated $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2023.”.

(c) Report to Congress.—Not later than one year after the date on which the first grant or contract is made under paragraph (3) of section 831(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296p(a)), as added by subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services 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 on—

(1) the efficacy of the grants awarded under such paragraph in increasing the nursing workforce;

(2) a list of the institutions of higher education that developed, implemented, or expanded an accelerated postgraduate nursing program using such a grant; and

(3) the number of students enrolled in each such program.


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