S.3678 - Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)
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- Short: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act as introduced.
- Short: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act as reported to senate.
- Official: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes. as introduced.
- Short: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act as passed senate.
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Official Summary8/3/2006--Reported to Senate amended. Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act - Title I: National Preparedness and Response, Leadership, Organization, and Planning - (Sec. 101) Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to lead all federal
Official Summary8/3/2006--Reported to Senate amended. Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act - Title I: National Preparedness and Response, Leadership, Organization, and Planning -
(Sec. 101)Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to lead all federal public health and medical response to public health emergencies and incidents covered by the National Response Plan.
(Sec. 102)Establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to:
(1) serve as the principal advisor to the Secretary on federal public health and medical preparedness and response for public health emergencies;
(2) oversee advanced research, development, and procurement of qualified countermeasures and qualified pandemic or epidemic products;
(3) maintain the Strategic National Stockpile; and
(4) provide logistical support for medical and public health aspects of federal responses to public health emergencies. Transfers to the Assistant Secretary functions of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
(Sec. 103)Requires the Secretary to prepare and submit to Congress the National Health Security Strategy for public health emergency preparedness and response. Title II: Public Health Security Preparedness -
(Sec. 201)Expands the program for state and local public health emergency preparedness to allow political subdivisions of states or a consortium of states to be eligible for funding. Requires the Secretary to:
(1) develop and require the application of evidence-based benchmarks and objective standards that measure levels of preparedness;
(2) develop and disseminate to each state the criteria for an effective state plan for responding to pandemic influenza; and
(3) withhold funds from entities that fail to meet the benchmarks and performance measures or fail to submit a plan for responding to pandemic influenza that meets the criteria. Sets forth matching requirements for emergency preparedness funds.
(Sec. 202)Requires the Secretary to establish a near real-time electronic nationwide public health situational awareness capability through an interoperable network of systems to share data and information to enhance early detection of, rapid response to, and management of potentially catastrophic infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Allows the Secretary to award grants to:
(1) states to establish or operate such systems; and
(2) an eligible entity to purchase and use advanced diagnostic medical equipment to analyze real-time clinical specimens for pathogens of public health or bioterrorism significance and report any results to state, local, and tribal public health entities and the network.
(Sec. 203)Requires the Secretary to establish a demonstration project to provide for the participation of individuals who are eligible for National Health Service Corps loan repayment program and who agree to complete their service in a state, local, or tribal health department that provides a significant amount of service to health professional shortage areas or areas at risk of a public health emergency. Allows the Secretary to award grants to assist states in operating loan repayment programs for such service.
(Sec. 204)Allows the Secretary to track the initial distribution of federally purchased influenza vaccine in an influenza pandemic.
(Sec. 205)Requires the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, when requested by the Secretary, to provide to relevant federal departments and agencies advice, guidance, or recommendations concerning:
(1) a core curriculum and training requirements for workers in maximum containment biological laboratories; and
(2) periodic evaluations of laboratory capacity nationwide and assessments of the future need for increased laboratory capacity. Title III: All-Hazards Medical Surge Capacity -
(Sec. 301)Requires the Secretary to conduct a joint review of the National Disaster Medical System, including a review of medical surge capacity. Transfers to the Secretary the functions of the National Disaster Medical System. Changes the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism to the National Advisory Committee on At-Risk Individuals and Public Health Emergencies to focus on public health emergencies as they relate to at-risk individuals.
(Sec. 302)Requires the Secretary to:
(1) evaluate the benefits and feasibility of improving HHS's capacity to provide additional medical surge capacity to local communities in a public health emergency; and
(2) conduct an analysis of whether there are federal facilities that could practicably be used as health care facilities in such an emergency.
(Sec. 303)Requires the Secretary to:
(1) establish a Medical Reserve Corps to provide for an adequate supply of volunteers in a federal, state, local, or tribal public health emergency;
(2) link existing state verification systems to maintain a single national interoperable network of systems to verify the credentials and licenses of health care professionals who volunteer to provide health services during a public health emergency; and
(3) encourage states to establish and implement mechanisms to waive the application of licensing requirements applicable to health professionals, seeking to provide medical services during a national, state, local, or tribal public health emergency. Repeals provisions establishing an interagency working group on the prevention, preparedness, and response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Requires the Secretary to develop core health and medical response curricula and training by adapting applicable existing curricula and training programs to improve responses to public health emergencies. Allows the Secretary to establish:
(1) an additional 20 officer positions in the Epidemic Intelligence Service Program; and
(2) Centers for Public Health Preparedness at accredited schools of public health.
(Sec. 305)Expands programs to improve hospital preparedness for public health emergencies to include grants to improve surge capacity.
(Sec. 306)Requires the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to:
(1) ensure the readiness of Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers for a public health emergency;
(2) organize, train, and equip the staff of such medical centers to support the Secretary of HHS in the event of a public health emergency and incidents covered by the National Response Plan; and
(3) provide medical logistical support to the National Disaster Medical System and the Secretary of HHS as necessary.
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