Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced. Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the provision of medical services to the homeless.

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 ``Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) The number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night increased by 1.1 percent from 643,067 in January 2009 to 649,917 in January 2010. California, New York, and Florida accounted for 40 percent of the total homeless population. (2) A total of 79,446 family households, including 241,951 persons in families, were homeless as of January 2010. Since 2009, the number of homeless families increased 1.2 percent, and the number of homeless persons in families increased 1.6 percent. (3) The number of people who were chronically homeless, persons with severe disabilities and long-term homeless histories, decreased 1 percent between 2009 and 2010, from 110,917 to 109,812. (4) Out of those homeless individuals in a shelter, 34.7 percent suffered from substance abuse and 26.2 percent had a serious mental illness. (5) Mobile medical health care services can effectively reach homeless populations and provide primary care, screenings, dental care, medications, behavioral health care, immunizations, lab tests, case management, benefits assistance and assessments, and triage. (6) Mobile medical health care services can provide health care to homeless adults and children in urban, rural, and suburban areas. (7) The average cost...

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because... I can be found / you can find me - anywhere on the web/internet by searching: jeffreydavidmorris. Feel free to visit me on my website: http://www.jeffreydavidmorris.com

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CA
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jeffreydavidmorris
CA-33
1 year ago

I support H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because...we are seeing more homeless than ever before in our communities. As a wife of a minister, and the director of our local food pantry, we help as many homeless people that is possible with food and bare necessities. However, so many of the homeless that we see need medical care that ranges from the simple ailments to the very serious life-threatening diseases. We have witnessed a young woman, pregnant with twins, due within two months living on the streets. She had only been to the doctor once during the pregnancy because she was homeless, without transportation and without insurance. Emergency rooms are overcrowded and not capable to deal with the enormous amount of homeless. This bill needs to pass so that basic care can begin to be available for those less fortunate. A mobile unit that could go to where the homeless are gathered, and provide basic health care, medicine, bandages and the ability to diagnose possible diseases that can be treated if found early...this mobile unit could help alleviate communicable diseases and overcrowding in emergency rooms. I urge you to pass this bill!

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TX
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DavidaTownsendRosser
TX-36
2 years ago

I support H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because...I am a nurse and I have seen homelessness in our community. I live in Battle Creek, MI and homelessness exhist everywhere. These people were directly effected by the oil spill in the river because they live along the river. Many came to the emergency room for care due to inhaling the fumes. We need to do more for this community. These individuals have diabetes and even cancer and it is difficult to give them adequate health care. This Bill gives them an access to health care they can depend on and utalize. Please support this Bill. Thank you. Jacquelyn Krug, RN, BSN, MA

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JacqueeRN
MI-3
2 years ago

I support H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because the result of not providing medical care before it becomes an emergency is that the care ends up costing much more after it becomes an emergency. That care is paid for by the federal, state, and local governments as well as the hospitals and ambulance companies, since the homeless tend not to pay for health insurance. Emergency departments are overcrowded, which creates problems for the patients who have life-threatening emergencies. This is something we can do to decrease the burden on emergency departments and ambulance companies. Emergency departments and ambulance companies are the resource of last resort for many people, because they cannot be turned away. Here is a recent study looking at the money that can be saved by addressing a specific group - A pilot study of the impact of housing first-supported housing for intensive users of medical hospitalization and sobering services. Srebnik D, Connor T, Sylla L. Am J Public Health. 2013 Feb;103(2):316-21. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300867. Epub 2012 Dec 13. PMID: 23237150 [PubMed - in process] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23237150

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RogueMedic
MD-6
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because none of the grants will ever reach states other than California, New York and Florida. The idea is good, but the application is limited.

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TX
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RosemarySodolakErmis
TX-10
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because...This should be left for the states to decide.

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Jsn2Gc
IN-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 29: Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 because this is not a federal issue. Care of the homeless is an issue for states and localities.

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brookd007
TX-11
2 years ago

Bill Summary


1/3/2013--Introduced.
Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements to hospitals or other local health care facilities to improve access of homeless individuals to mobile medical health care services (any health care related services provided in a moveable vehicle or a non-permanents clinic). Directs the Secretary to give priority to applicants from a geographic area that has a comparatively high ratio of homeless individuals to non-homeless individuals. Allows grantees to continue providing services to an individual who has received services under this Act for 12 months after he or she becomes a resident in permanent housing.

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