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AMENDMENT NO.llll

Calendar No.lll

Purpose: To improve women’s access to quality health care.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES—114th Cong., 1st Sess.

H. R. 2
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal
the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen
Medicare access by improving physician payments and
making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Referred to the Committee on llllllllll and
ordered to be printed
Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed
AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by lllllll
Viz:
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At the appropriate place, insert the following:

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TITLE ll—WOMEN’S ACCESS TO
QUALITY HEALTH CARE

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SEC. l01. SHORT TITLE.

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This title may be cited as the ‘‘Women’s Access to

6 Quality Health Care Act’’.

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SEC. l02. RENEWAL OF APPLICATION OF MEDICARE PAY-

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MENT RATE FLOOR TO PRIMARY CARE SERV-

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ICES FURNISHED UNDER MEDICAID AND IN-

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CLUSION OF ADDITIONAL PROVIDERS.

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(a) RENEWAL

OF

PAYMENT FLOOR; ADDITIONAL

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(1) IN

GENERAL.—Section

1902(a)(13) of the

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Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(13)) is

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amended by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting

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the following:

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‘‘(C) payment for primary care services (as

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defined in subsection (jj)) at a rate that is not

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less than 100 percent of the payment rate that

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applies to such services and physician under

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part B of title XVIII (or, if greater, the pay-

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ment rate that would be applicable under such

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part if the conversion factor under section

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1848(d) for the year involved were the conver-

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sion factor under such section for 2009), and

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that is not less than the rate that would other-

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wise apply to such services under this title if

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the rate were determined without regard to this

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subparagraph, and that are—

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‘‘(i) furnished on or after January 1,

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2013, and before January 1, 2015, by a

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physician with a primary specialty designa-

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tion of family medicine, general internal

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medicine, or pediatric medicine; or

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‘‘(ii) furnished on or after January 1,
2015, and before January 1, 2017—

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‘‘(I) by a physician with a pri-

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mary specialty designation of family

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medicine, general internal medicine,

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or pediatric medicine, but only if the

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physician self-attests that the physi-

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cian is Board certified in family medi-

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cine, general internal medicine, or pe-

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diatric medicine;

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‘‘(II) by a physician with a pri-

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mary specialty designation of obstet-

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rics and gynecology, but only if the

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physician self-attests that the physi-

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cian is Board certified in obstetrics

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and gynecology;

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‘‘(III) by an advanced practice

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clinician, as defined by the Secretary,

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that works under the supervision of—

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‘‘(aa) a physician that satis-

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fies the criteria specified in sub-

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clause (I) or (II); or

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‘‘(bb) a nurse practitioner or

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a physician assistant (as such

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terms are defined in section

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1861(aa)(5)(A)) who is working

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in accordance with State law, or

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a certified nurse-midwife (as de-

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fined in section 1861(gg)) who is

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working in accordance with State

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law;

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‘‘(IV) by a rural health clinic,

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Federally-qualified health center, or

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other health clinic that receives reim-

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bursement on a fee schedule applica-

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ble to a physician, a nurse practi-

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tioner or a physician assistant (as

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such terms are defined in section

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1861(aa)(5)(A)) who is working in ac-

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cordance with State law, or a certified

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nurse-midwife (as defined in section

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1861(gg)) who is working in accord-

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ance with State law, for services fur-

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nished by a physician, nurse practi-

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tioner, physician assistant, or certified

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nurse-midwife, or services furnished

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by an advanced practice clinician su-

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pervised by a physician described in

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subclause (I)(aa) or (II)(aa), another

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advanced practice clinician, or a cer-

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tified nurse-midwife; or

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‘‘(V) by a nurse practitioner or a

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physician assistant (as such terms are

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defined in section 1861(aa)(5)(A))

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who is working in accordance with

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State law, or a certified nurse-midwife

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(as defined in section 1861(gg)) who

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is working in accordance with State

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law, in accordance with procedures

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that ensure that the portion of the

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payment for such services that the

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nurse practitioner, physician assist-

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ant, or certified nurse-midwife is paid

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is not less than the amount that the

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nurse practitioner, physician assist-

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ant, or certified nurse-midwife would

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be paid if the services were provided

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under part B of title XVIII;’’.

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(2)

CONFORMING

AMENDMENT.—Section

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1905(dd) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.

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1396d(dd)) is amended by striking ‘‘January 1,

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2015’’ and inserting ‘‘January 1, 2017’’.

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(b) ENSURING PAYMENT

BY

MANAGED CARE ENTI-

TIES.—

(1) IN

GENERAL.—Section

1903(m)(2)(A) of

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the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(m)(2)(A))

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is amended—

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(A) in clause (xii), by striking ‘‘and’’ after
the semicolon;

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(B) by realigning the left margin of clause

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(xiii) so as to align with the left margin of

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clause (xii) and by striking the period at the

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end of clause (xiii) and inserting ‘‘; and’’; and

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(C) by inserting after clause (xiii) the fol-

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lowing:

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‘‘(xiv) such contract provides that (I) payments

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to providers specified in section 1902(a)(13)(C) for

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primary care services defined in section 1902(jj)

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that are furnished during a period specified in sec-

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tion 1902(a)(13)(C) and section 1905(dd) are at

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least equal to the amounts set forth and required by

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the Secretary by regulation, (II) the entity shall,

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upon request, provide documentation to the State,

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sufficient to enable the State and the Secretary to

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ensure compliance with subclause (I), and (III) the

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Secretary shall approve payments described in sub-

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clause (I) that are furnished through an agreed

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upon capitation, partial capitation, or other value-

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based payment arrangement if the capitation, partial

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capitation, or other value-based payment arrange-

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ment is based on a reasonable methodology and the

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entity provides documentation to the State sufficient

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to enable the State and the Secretary to ensure com-

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pliance with subclause (I).’’.

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(2)

CONFORMING

AMENDMENT.—Section

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1932(f) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.

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1396u–2(f)) is amended by inserting ‘‘and clause

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(xiv) of section 1903(m)(2)(A)’’ before the period.

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SEC. l03. INCREASING ACCESS TO SAFETY-NET PROVIDERS.

Title X of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.

15 300 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 1003
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‘‘SEC. 1003A. GRANTS FOR FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS.

‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary is authorized to

19 award grants to, and enter into contracts with, public or
20 nonprofit private entities to plan, develop, or make im21 provements to facilities carrying out family planning serv22 ice projects, and to expand preventive health services,
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‘‘(b) FUNDING.—There is authorized to be appro-

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1 the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $500,000,000
2 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2019, to enable the
3 Secretary to expand access to family planning services and
4 to provide enhanced funding for the family planning pro5 gram under section 1001.’’.
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SEC. l04. STRENGTHENING AND IMPROVING COMMUNITY

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HEALTH CENTERS, THE NATIONAL HEALTH

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SERVICE CORPS, AND TEACHING HEALTH

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CENTERS.

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(a) IN GENERAL.—The Medicare Access and CHIP

11 Reauthorization Act of 2015 is amended by striking sec12 tion 221.
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(b) FUNDING
AND THE

FOR

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS.—
(1) COMMUNITY

HEALTH CENTERS.—Section

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10503(b)(1)(E) of the Patient Protection and Af-

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fordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 254b-2(b)(1)(E)) is

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amended by striking ‘‘for fiscal year 2015’’ and in-

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serting ‘‘for each of fiscal years 2015 through

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2019’’.

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(2) NATIONAL

HEALTH SERVICE CORPS.—Sec-

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tion 10503(b)(2)(E) of the Patient Protection and

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Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 254b-2(b)(2)(E)) is

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amended by striking ‘‘for fiscal year 2015’’ and in-

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serting ‘‘for each of fiscal years 2015 through

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2019’’.

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(c) EXTENSION

OF

TEACHING HEALTH CENTERS

4 PROGRAM.—Section 340H(g) of the Public Health Service
5 Act (42 U.S.C. 256h(g)) is amended by inserting ‘‘, and
6 $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2019’’
7 before the period.
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SEC. l05. INVESTING IN PRIMARY CARE, NURSE PRACTITIONERS.

Part B of title VIII of the Public Health Service Act

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‘‘SEC. 812. DEMONSTRATION GRANTS FOR NURSE PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM.

‘‘(a) ESTABLISHMENT

OF

PROGRAM.—The Secretary

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17 this section as the ‘program’) to award grants to eligible
18 entities for the training of nurse practitioners specializing
19 in women’s health care for careers as providers in health
20 centers that receive assistance under title X (referred to
21 in this section as ‘health centers’).
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‘‘(b) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the program is to

23 enable each grant recipient to—

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‘‘(1) provide new nurse practitioners with clin-

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ical training to enable such practitioners to serve as

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providers in health centers;

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‘‘(2) train new nurse practitioners to work

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under a model of care that is consistent with the

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principles set forth by the Report Providing Quality

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Family Planning Services of the Centers for Disease

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Control and Prevention; and

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‘‘(3) establish a model of training for nurse

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practitioners that specialize in women’s health care

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that may be replicated nationwide.

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‘‘(c) GRANTS.—Under the program, the Secretary

13 shall award 3-year grants to eligible entities that meet the
14 requirements established by the Secretary, for the purpose
15 of operating the nurse practitioner programs described in
16 subsection (a) at such entities.
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‘‘(d) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES.—To be eligible to receive

18 a grant under this section, an entity shall be—
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‘‘(1) a health center that receives funding under
section 1001; and

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‘‘(2) submit to the Secretary an application at

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such time, in such manner, and containing such in-

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formation as the Secretary may require.

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‘‘(e) ELIGIBILITY OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS.—

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‘‘(1) IN

GENERAL.—To

be eligible for accept-

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ance into a training program carried out by an eligi-

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ble entity under a grant under this section, an indi-

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vidual shall—

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‘‘(A) be licensed, or eligible for licensure,

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in the State in which the program is being car-

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ried out as an advanced practice registered

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nurse or advanced practice nurse and be eligible

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or board-certified as a nurse practitioner; and

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‘‘(B) demonstrate commitment to a career

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as a provider in a health center.

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‘‘(2) PREFERENCE.—In accepting individuals

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into a training program under this section, a grant

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recipient shall give preference to bilingual applicants

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that meet the requirements described in paragraph

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(1).

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‘‘(f) GRANT AMOUNT.—Each grant awarded under

18 this section shall be in an amount not to exceed $600,000
19 per year. A grant recipient may carry over funds from 1
20 fiscal year to another without obtaining approval from the
21 Secretary.
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‘‘(g) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS.—The Sec-

23 retary may award technical assistance grants to 1 or more
24 health centers that have demonstrated expertise in estab25 lishing a nurse practitioner residency training program.

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1 Such technical assistance grants shall be for the purpose
2 of providing technical assistance to other recipients of
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‘‘(h) AUTHORIZATION

OF

APPROPRIATIONS.—To

5 carry out this section, there is authorized to be appro6 priated $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through
7 2019.’’.