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US Laws | Affordable Health Care Act (HR3950F)
TITLE III--IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF HEALTH CARE
Subtitle F--Health Care Quality Improvements

(2) DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT CONTRIBUTED- Non-Federal contributions under paragraph (1) may be in cash or in-kind, fairly evaluated, including equipment or services. Amounts provided by the Federal Government, or services assisted or subsidized to any significant extent by the Federal Government, may not be included in determining the amount of such contributions. (6360)

(d) Evaluation- The Secretary shall take such action as may be necessary to evaluate the projects funded under this section and publish, make publicly available, and disseminate the results of such evaluations on as wide a basis as is practicable. (6361)

(e) Reports- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this section, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Finance of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives a report that-- (6362)

(1) describes the specific projects supported under this section; and (6363)

(2) contains recommendations for Congress based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (d). (6364)

SEC. 3509. IMPROVING WOMEN"S HEALTH. (6365)(Text)

(a) Health and Human Services Office on Women"s Health- (6366)

(1) ESTABLISHMENT- Part A of title II of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 202 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: (6367)

SEC. 229. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE ON WOMEN"S HEALTH. (6368)

"(a) Establishment of Office- There is established within the Office of the Secretary, an Office on Women"s Health (referred to in this section as the "Office"). The Office shall be headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women"s Health who may report to the Secretary. (6369)

"(b) Duties- The Secretary, acting through the Office, with respect to the health concerns of women, shall-- (6370)

"(1) establish short-range and long-range goals and objectives within the Department of Health and Human Services and, as relevant and appropriate, coordinate with other appropriate offices on activities within the Department that relate to disease prevention, health promotion, service delivery, research, and public and health care professional education, for issues of particular concern to women throughout their lifespan; (6371)

"(2) provide expert advice and consultation to the Secretary concerning scientific, legal, ethical, and policy issues relating to women"s health; (6372)

"(3) monitor the Department of Health and Human Services" offices, agencies, and regional activities regarding women"s health and identify needs regarding the coordination of activities, including intramural and extramural multidisciplinary activities; (6373)

"(4) establish a Department of Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women"s Health, which shall be chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women"s Health and composed of senior level representatives from each of the agencies and offices of the Department of Health and Human Services; (6374)

"(5) establish a National Women"s Health Information Center to-- (6375)

"(A) facilitate the exchange of information regarding matters relating to health information, health promotion, preventive health services, research advances, and education in the appropriate use of health care; (6376)

"(B) facilitate access to such information; (6377)

"(C) assist in the analysis of issues and problems relating to the matters described in this paragraph; and (6378)

"(D) provide technical assistance with respect to the exchange of information (including facilitating the development of materials for such technical assistance); (6379)

"(6) coordinate efforts to promote women"s health programs and policies with the private sector; and (6380)

"(7) through publications and any other means appropriate, provide for the exchange of information between the Office and recipients of grants, contracts, and agreements under subsection (c), and between the Office and health professionals and the general public. (6381)

"(c) Grants and Contracts Regarding Duties- (6382)

"(1) AUTHORITY- In carrying out subsection (b), the Secretary may make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements, contracts, and interagency agreements with, public and private entities, agencies, and organizations. (6383)

"(2) EVALUATION AND DISSEMINATION- The Secretary shall directly or through contracts with public and private entities, agencies, and organizations, provide for evaluations of projects carried out with financial assistance provided under paragraph (1) and for the dissemination of information developed as a result of such projects. (6384)

"(d) Reports- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, and every second year thereafter, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report describing the activities carried out under this section during the period for which the report is being prepared. (6385)

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