2138 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2138
To establish a health registry to ensure that
certain individuals who may have been exposed to formaldehyde in a travel trailer
have an opportunity to register for such registry and receive medical treatment
for such exposure, and for other purposes.IN THE HOUSE
June 3, 2011
RICHMOND introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
Energy and Commerce
a health registry to ensure that certain individuals who may have been exposed
to formaldehyde in a travel trailer have an opportunity to register for such registry
and receive medical treatment for such exposure, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Travel Trailer Residents'
Health Registry Act'.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF REGISTRY.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary
of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services,
(1) establish and maintain a health registry for eligible
individuals who may have been exposed to formaldehyde in a travel trailer;
(2) include any information in such registry that the Secretary of Health and
Human Services determines necessary to ascertain and monitor the health effects
of the exposure to formaldehyde in a travel trailer by eligible individuals;
(3) develop a public information campaign to inform eligible individuals about
the health registry, including how and where to register and the benefits of registering;
(4) periodically notify eligible individuals of significant
developments in the study and treatment of conditions associated with exposure
SEC. 3. TREATMENT AND STUDY OF HEALTH EFFECTS.
(a) Examination of Eligible Individuals-
(1) IN GENERAL- The
Secretary of Homeland Security shall enter into an agreement with the Secretary
of Health and Human Services to provide initial and ongoing health examinations,
consultations, and mental health counseling free of charge to each eligible individual
for the purposes of--
(A) assisting eligible individuals
with any health effects associated with exposure to formaldehyde in a travel trailer;
(B) ascertaining and monitoring the health effects on each eligible individual
of exposure to formaldehyde in such a trailer; and
(C) completing the epidemiological study required under subsection (b).
(2) INFORMATION FEEDBACK- Such health consultation and mental health counseling
described in paragraph (1) shall provide to each eligible individual information
regarding the examination results for such individual, as well as any available
information concerning ongoing developments in the study and treatment of conditions
associated with exposure to formaldehyde.
Study- Not later than 90 days after the establishment of the health registry under
section 2, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall commence an epidemiological
study of the immediate and long-term effects of exposure to formaldehyde in a
travel trailer sufficient to further understand the immediate and long-term medical
needs of eligible individuals.
SEC. 4. REPORT TO CONGRESS.
(a) Report by Independent Scientific Organization- The Secretary of Health and
Human Services shall enter into an agreement with an independent scientific organization
to submit a report to Congress, not later than 18 months after the establishment
of the registry, containing the following:
OF SECRETARIES- An assessment of the effectiveness of actions taken by the Secretaries
of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human
Services to collect and maintain information on the health consequences of exposure
to formaldehyde in a travel trailer.
(2) COLLECTION AND
MAINTENANCE- Recommendations to improve the collection and maintenance of such
(3) MEDICAL NEEDS- Using the ongoing epidemiological
study under section 3(b), recommendations regarding the most effective and prudent
means of addressing the medical needs of eligible individuals, as such needs relate
to conditions likely to result from exposure to formaldehyde in a travel trailer.
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums
as may be necessary to carry out this Act.
SEC. 6. DEFINITIONS.
(a) Travel Trailers- For the purposes of this Act, the term `travel trailer' means
any temporary housing unit provided by the Federal Government to individuals displaced
by a major disaster that occurred or occurs between August 29, 2005, and December
(b) Eligible Individuals- For the purposes of this Act,
the term `eligible individual' means any individual who--
(1) lawfully resided in a travel trailer; and
or applies for inclusion on the health registry established pursuant to this Act.