S 55

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 55

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of services provided by nursing school clinics under State Medicaid programs.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

Mr. INOUYE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of services provided by nursing school clinics under State Medicaid programs.

    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 `Nursing School Clinics Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. MEDICAID COVERAGE OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY NURSING SCHOOL CLINICS.

    (a) In General- Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (28), by striking `and' at the end;

      (2) by redesignating paragraph (29) as paragraph (30); and

      (3) by inserting after paragraph (28), the following new paragraph:

      `(29) nursing school clinic services (as defined in subsection (ee)) furnished by or under the supervision of a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)), whether or not the nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist is under the supervision of, or associated with, a physician or other health care provider; and'.

    (b) Nursing School Clinic Services Defined- Section 1905 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `(ee) The term `nursing school clinic services' means services provided by a health care facility operated by an accredited school of nursing which provides primary care, long-term care, mental health counseling, home health counseling, home health care, or other health care services which are within the scope of practice of a registered nurse.'.

    (c) Conforming Amendment- Section 1902(a)(10)(C)(iv) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(10)(C)(iv)) is amended by inserting `and (29)' after `(24)'.

    (d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall be effective with respect to payments made under a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) for calendar quarters commencing with the first calendar quarter beginning after the date of enactment of this Act.

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