S 48

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 48

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of pharmacists in National Health Services Corps programs, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

Mr. INOUYE (for himself, Mr. REED, and Mr. BEGICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of pharmacists in National Health Services Corps programs, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Pharmacist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS; PARTICIPATION OF PHARMACISTS IN LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM.

    (a) National Health Service Corps- Section 331(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d(b)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `nursing and other schools of the health professions,' and inserting `nursing, pharmacy, and other schools of the health professions,'; and

      (2) in paragraph (2), by striking `and physician assistants who have an interest and a commitment to providing primary health care,' and inserting `physician assistants, and pharmacists who have an interest and commitment to providing primary health care,'.

    (b) National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program- Section 338B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254l-1) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a)(1), by striking `and physician assistants' and inserting `physician assistants, and pharmacists'; and

      (2) in subsection (b)(1)--

        (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking `dentistry, or another health profession,' and inserting `dentistry, pharmacy, or another health profession,'; and

        (B) in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking `dentistry, or other health profession' and inserting `dentistry, pharmacy, or other health profession'.

    (c) Corps Personnel- Section 333(e) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254f(e)) is amended by striking `dentistry, or any other health profession' and inserting `dentistry, pharmacy, or any other health profession'.

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