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116th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 7168

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive limitations on 
   expansion of facility capacity under rural provider and hospital 
  exception to ownership or investment prohibition during coronavirus 
                         2020 emergency period.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             June 11, 2020

  Mr. Gonzalez of Texas (for himself and Mr. Burgess) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and 
  Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive limitations on 
   expansion of facility capacity under rural provider and hospital 
  exception to ownership or investment prohibition during coronavirus 
                         2020 emergency period.

    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 ``Creating Capacity for Communities in 
Need Act''.

SEC. 2. WAIVER OF LIMITATIONS ON EXPANSION OF FACILITY CAPACITY UNDER 
              RURAL PROVIDER AND HOSPITAL EXCEPTION TO OWNERSHIP OR 
              INVESTMENT PROHIBITION DURING CORONAVIRUS 2020 EMERGENCY 
              PERIOD.

    Section 1877(i)(1)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 
1395nn(i)(1)(B)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``capacity.--Except as provided in 
        paragraph (3), the number'' and inserting ``capacity.--
                    ``(i) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph 
                (3) and subject to clause (ii), the number;''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new clause:
                            ``(ii) Exception during coronavirus 2020 
                        emergency period.--
                                    ``(I) In general.--The limitation 
                                under clause (i) shall not apply with 
                                respect to any increase in the number 
                                of operating rooms, procedure rooms, or 
                                beds for which a hospital is licensed 
                                during the coronavirus 2020 emergency 
                                period, or for which the hospital 
                                begins construction during the 
                                coronavirus 2020 emergency period 
                                regardless of whether the hospital is 
                                an applicable hospital (as defined in 
                                paragraph (3)(E)) or is a high Medicaid 
                                facility described in paragraph (3)(F), 
                                and the hospital's baseline number of 
                                operating rooms, procedure rooms, and 
                                beds for purposes of compliance with 
                                this subparagraph shall be 
                                automatically modified to reflect such 
                                increase on a permanent basis.
                                    ``(II) Cornavirus 2020 emergency 
                                period defined.--For purposes of this 
                                clause, the `coronavirus 2020 emergency 
                                period' is the period beginning on 
                                March 13, 2020, and ending on the last 
                                day on which the emergency declared by 
                                the President under section 501 of the 
                                Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
                                Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 
                                5191) with respect to SARS-CoV-2 and 
                                coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated 
                                as COVID-19) is in effect.''.
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