H.R.1411 - Metropolitan Medical Response System Program Act of 2011
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure continuation of the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program, and for other purposes.
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Mr. BILIRAKIS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM PROGRAM.
‘SEC. 526. METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM PROGRAM.
‘(a) In General- The Secretary shall conduct a Metropolitan Medical Response System Program, that shall assist State and local governments in preparing for and responding to public health and mass casualty incidents resulting from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other man-made disasters.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, through the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, may make grants under this section to State and local governments to assist in preparing for and responding to mass casualty incidents resulting from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other man-made disasters.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) CONSULTATION- In developing guidance for grants authorized under this section, the Administrator shall consult with the Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Affairs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) USE OF FUNDS- A grant made under this section may be used to support the integration of emergency management, health, and medical systems into a coordinated response to mass casualty incidents caused by any hazard, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) to strengthen mass prophylaxis capabilities including development and maintenance of an initial pharmaceutical stockpile sufficient to protect first responders, their families, and immediate victims from a chemical or biological event;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(F) to support efforts to strengthen information sharing and collaboration capabilities of regional, State, and urban areas in support of public health and medical preparedness;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(I) for integration and coordination of the activities and capabilities of public health personnel and medical care providers with those of other emergency response providers as well as other Federal agencies, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations, for the forward movement of patients; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), any jurisdiction that received funds through the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program in fiscal year 2010 shall be eligible to receive a grant under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT AFTER FISCAL YEAR 2012- A jurisdiction shall not be eligible for a grant under this subsection from funds available after fiscal year 2012 unless the Secretary determines that the jurisdiction maintains a sufficient measured degree of capability in accordance with the performance measures issued under subsection (c).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Administrator shall distribute grant funds under this section to the State in which the jurisdiction receiving a grant under this section is located.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) PASS THROUGH- Subject to subparagraph (C), not later than 45 days after the date on which a State receives grant funds under subparagraph (A), the State shall provide the jurisdiction receiving the grant 100 percent of the grant funds, and not later than 45 days after the State releases the funds, all fiscal agents shall make the grant funds available for expenditure.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) EXCEPTION- The Administrator may permit a State to provide to a jurisdiction receiving a grant under this section 97 percent of the grant funds awarded if doing so would not result in any jurisdiction eligible for a grant under paragraph (3)(A) receiving less funding than such jurisdiction received in fiscal year 2009.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) REGIONAL COORDINATION- The Administrator shall ensure that each jurisdiction that receives a grant under this section, as a condition of receiving such grant, is actively coordinating its preparedness efforts with surrounding jurisdictions, with the official with primary responsibility for homeland security (other than the Governor) of the government of the State in which the jurisdiction is located, and with emergency response providers from all relevant disciplines, as determined by the Administrator, to effectively enhance regional preparedness.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Performance Measures- The Administrator, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Affairs, and the National Metropolitan Medical Response System Working Group, shall issue performance measures within one year after the date of enactment of this section that enable objective evaluation of the performance and effective use of funds provided under this section in any jurisdiction.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) 3 State officials who are responsible for administration of State programs that are carried out with grants under this section, who shall be selected by the Administrator.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE PROGRAM REVIEW.
(a) In General- The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Affairs, and the National Metropolitan Medical Response System Working Group shall conduct a review of the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program authorized under section 526 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by section 2 of this Act, including an examination of--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) how the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program complements and enhances other preparedness programs supported by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) the degree to which the strategic goals, objectives, and capabilities of the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program are incorporated in State and local homeland security plans;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) how eligibility for financial assistance, and the allocation of financial assistance, under the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program should be determined, including how allocation of assistance could be based on risk;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator and the Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Affairs shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the results of the review under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Consultation- The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall consult with the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the implementation of subsection (a)(5).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Definition- In this section the term ‘National Metropolitan Medical Response System Working Group’ has the meaning that term has in section 526 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by section 2 of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink