Summary: H.R.15576 — 94th Congress (1975-1976)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.15576. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (09/15/1976)

Amends Titles XVIII (Medicare) and XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to require automatic sprinkler systems in all skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities certified for participation in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Requires sprinkler systems for such facilities in any program under the jurisdiction of the Veterans' Administration.

Allows the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to waive this requirement only when the installation of complete sprinkler systems would constitute an unreasonable hardship. Authorizes the Secretary to make loans to such facilities to assist them in financing part or all of the cost of purchasing and installing automatic sprinkler systems. Authorizes the Secretary to make grants for such installation under specified circumstances.