42 U.S. Code § 254c - Rural health care services outreach, rural health network development, and small health care provider quality improvement grant programs
The purpose of this section is to provide grants for expanded delivery of health care services in rural areas, for the planning and implementation of integrated health care networks in rural areas, and for the planning and implementation of small health care provider quality improvement activities.
The terms “Federally qualified health center” and “rural health clinic” have the meanings given the terms in section 1395x(aa) of this title.
The term “health professional shortage area” means a health professional shortage area designated under section 254e of this title.
The term “medically underserved community” has the meaning given the term in section 295p(6) of this title.
The term “medically underserved population” has the meaning given the term in section 254b(b)(3) of this title.
The Secretary shall establish, under section 241 of this title, a small health care provider quality improvement grant program.
The rural health care services outreach, rural health network development, and small health care provider quality improvement grant programs established under section 241 of this title shall be administered by the Director of the Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration, in consultation with State offices of rural health or other appropriate State government entities.
In carrying out the programs described in paragraph (1), the Director may award grants under subsections (e), (f), and (g) of this section to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services, and enhance the delivery of health care, in rural areas.
The Director may award grants to eligible entities to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services in rural areas. The Director may award the grants for periods of not more than 3 years.
The Director may award such a rural health network development grant for implementation activities for a period of 3 years. The Director may also award such a rural health network development grant for planning activities for a period of 1 year, to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, if the proposed participants in the network do not have a history of collaborative efforts and a 3-year grant would be inappropriate.
The Director may award grants to provide for the planning and implementation of small health care provider quality improvement activities. The Director may award the grants for periods of 1 to 3 years.
In awarding a grant under this subsection, the Director shall ensure that the funds made available through the grant will be used to provide services to residents of rural areas. The Director shall award not less than 50 percent of the funds made available under this subsection to providers located in and serving rural areas.
The Secretary shall coordinate activities carried out under grant programs described in this section, to the extent practicable, with Federal and State agencies and nonprofit organizations that are operating similar grant programs, to maximize the effect of public dollars in funding meritorious proposals.
Not later than September 30, 2005, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the progress and accomplishments of the grant programs described in subsections (e), (f), and (g) of this section.
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $45,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
A prior section 254c, act July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title III, § 330, as added July 29, 1975, Pub. L. 94–63, title V, § 501(a), 89 Stat. 342; amended Apr. 22, 1976, Pub. L. 94–278, title VIII, § 801(b), 90 Stat. 415; Aug. 1, 1977, Pub. L. 95–83, title III, § 304, 91 Stat. 388; Nov. 10, 1978, Pub. L. 95–626, title I, § 104(a)–(d)(3)(B), (4), (5), (e), (f), 92 Stat. 3556–3559; July 10, 1979, Pub. L. 96–32, §§ 6(b)–(d), 7(c), 93 Stat. 83, 84; Oct. 17, 1979, Pub. L. 96–88, title V, § 509(b), 93 Stat. 695; Oct. 19, 1980, Pub. L. 96–470, title I, § 106(e), 94 Stat. 2238; Aug. 13, 1981, Pub. L. 97–35, title IX, §§ 903(a), 905, 906, 95 Stat. 561, 562; Jan. 4, 1983, Pub. L. 97–414, § 8(e), 96 Stat. 2060; Apr. 24, 1986, Pub. L. 99–280, §§ 2–4, 100 Stat. 399, 400; Aug. 10, 1988, Pub. L. 100–386, §§ 3, 4, 102 Stat. 921, 923; Nov. 4, 1988, Pub. L. 100–607, title I, § 163(3), 102 Stat. 3062; Dec. 19, 1989, Pub. L. 101–239, title VI, § 6103(e)(5), 103 Stat. 2207; Nov. 6, 1990, Pub. L. 101–527, § 9(a), 104 Stat. 2332; Oct. 27, 1992, Pub. L. 102–531, title III, § 309(b), 106 Stat. 3500, related to community health centers, prior to the general amendment of this subpart by Pub. L. 104–299, § 2.
2008—Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 110–355 substituted “$45,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.” for “$40,000,000 for fiscal year 2002, and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2006.”
2003—Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 108–163 substituted “section 295p(6)” for “section 295p”.
2002—Pub. L. 107–251 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to a rural health outreach, network development, and telemedicine grant program, and in subsec. (a), provided for administration by the Office of Rural Health Policy; in subsec. (b), set out the objectives of grants; in subsec. (c), set out eligibility requirements; in subsec. (d), described preferred characteristics of applicant networks; in subsec. (e), specified permitted uses of grant funds; in subsec. (f), limited the duration of grants; and in subsec. (g), authorized appropriations.
“This subtitle may be cited as the ‘Rural Access to Emergency Devices Act’ or the ‘Rural AED Act’.
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