Summary: S.2559 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (06/28/1984)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Health Professions Training Assistance Amendments of 1984 - Title I: Authorization of Appropriations - Amends the Public Health Service Act to extend the authorization of appropriations for the following through FY 1988: (1) the Federal health education assistance loan insurance program; (2) health professions student loans; (3) scholarships for students of exceptional financial need; (4) medical school departments of family medicine; (5) area health education centers; (6) training of physician assistants; (7) training programs in general internal medicine and general pediatrics; (8) training programs in family medicine and general practice of dentistry; (9) educational assistance to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds; (10) conversion and curriculum grants; (11) advanced financial distress assistance; (12) graduate programs in health administration; (13) public health traineeships; (14) training in preventive medicine; (15) the National Center for Health Services Research; (16) the National Center for Health Statistics; and (17) traineeships for students in other graduate programs.

Title II: Program Revisions - Amends the Public Health Service Act to include schools of chiropractic as health professional schools eligible to participate in educational assistance to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Amends the definition of physician assistants to require an individual trained as such to be qualified to provide primary health care under the supervision of a physician and to have training in disease prevention, health promotion, geriatric medicine and home health care.

Includes colleges and institutions providing additional training in a science related to health care within the definition of school of allied health.

Provides for a definition of allied health professionals which includes individuals with postbaccalaureate training in a science related to health care.

Includes an individual representing one of the allied health professional educational programs on the National Advisory Council on Health Professions Education.

Defines the term "graduate program in clinical psychology" for the purposes of such Act. Makes such a program eligible to participate in educational assistance programs to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Eliminates certain annual health professions data reporting requirements.

Permits the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) to make grants to assist in the acquisition of teaching facilities' equipment and instrumentation. Limits such grants to 80 percent of equipment costs.

Limits the deferral of interest and principal payments on health education assistance loans to a maximum of four years of internship or residency. Prohibits a total repayment period of more than 33 years. Increases the insurance premium ceiling from two to six percent. Repeals the requirement that minimum annual loan repayments equal annual interest on the outstanding balance. Permits money in the student loan insurance fund to be used for default collection. Makes students in schools of allied health eligible for student loans.

Makes schools of public health eligible for the health professions student loan program. Permits a school to assess death or disability loan charges. Requires a late charge on installments paid more than 60 days late. Authorizes Federal assistance in collecting a defaulted loan if the school has complied with related Federal collection requirements.

Limits, as of FY 1985, Federal capital contributions to student loan programs to: (1) schools of public health; and (2) to schools of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, or veterinary medicine which established loan funds after July 1, 1972. Makes returned funds available for reallotment.

Requires schools to make specified loan information available to the students. Sets forth loan termination appeal provisions.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to authorize: (1) the Secretary of the Treasury to disclose to the Secretary of Health and Human Services the address of student loan defaulters; and (2) the Secretary of Health and Human Services to disclose such information to schools and lenders.

Specifies that scholarships for first year students of exceptional financial need shall include tuition, other reasonable educational expenses, and an annually adjusted stipend. States that the total scholarship award shall not exceed attendance costs.

Limits capitation grants to schools of public health. Sets forth school eligibility requirements. Authorizes FY 1985 through 1988 appropriations.

Permits regional area health education centers which have previously received assistance to continue such eligibility. Eliminates the requirement that such centers provide training for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Permits approved advanced educational programs in the general practice of dentistry in nonhospital based training programs. Requires the Secretary to obligate at least eight percent of training appropriations for such purposes.

Sets forth the health priorities for curriculum development projects for health profession, allied health profession, and nurse training schools. Includes veterinary studies within such priority groups. Requires peer group recommendation before an application may be approved.

Increases advanced financial distress assistance support from five to six years.

Exempts graduate health administration programs with 45 percent minority enrollment from the 25 graduating students requirement for purposes of grant eligibility (permits such programs to graduate 20 students.)

Directs the Secretary to assist State and local health agencies in health services research including the establishment of a user liaison program and a technical assistance program.

Repeals provisions of such Act referring to certain expired programs.

Requires the Secretary to study financial disincentives to graduates of health professions schools affecting the specialty of practice chosen by such graduates or their decision to practice in an area which lacks an adequate number of health care professionals. Directs the Secretary to make recommendations for legislation and administrative action to correct any disincentive identified.

Directs the Secretary to designate a Regional Primate Research Center for experimental medicine and surgery in primates.

Directs the Secretary to make a grant to the National Academy of Sciences for the establishment of a Council on Health Care Technology to: (1) promote the development and application of appropriate health care technologies; and (2) identify obsolete or inappropriate technologies. Sets forth Council functions. Requires an annual report to the Secretary. Authorizes FY 1985 appropriations, to remain available through FY 1987. Provides for non-Federal matching funding.