underserved population

(4) Extenuating circumstances (A) In general The Secretary may take into account the financial burden on providers with underserved populations in determining any penalty to be imposed under this subsection. (B) Underserved population defined In this paragraph, the term “underserved population” means the population of an area designated by the Secretary as an area with a shortage of elder justice programs or a population group designated by the Secretary as having a shortage of such programs. Such areas or groups designated by the Secretary may include— (i) areas or groups that are geographically isolated (such as isolated in a rural area); (ii) racial and ethnic minority populations; and (iii) populations underserved because of special needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, alien status, or age).


42 USC § 1320b-25(c)(4)

Scoping language

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