Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 104 Part 4.djvu/673

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PUBLIC LAW 101-595—NOV. 16, 1990 104 STAT. 2989 SEC, 319. MEDICAL CARE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY. (a) IN GENERAL.— Chapter 17 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: "§668. Contracts for medical care for retirees, dependents, and survivors: alternative delivery of health care "(a) The Secretary may contract for the delivery of health care to which covered beneficiaries are entitled under chapter 55 of title 10. The Secretary may enter into a contract under this section with any of the following: "(1) Hesdth maintenance organizations. "(2) Preferred provider organizations. "(3) Individual providers, individual medical facilities, or insurers. "(4) Consortiums of these providers, facilities, or insurers. "(b) A contract entered into under this section may provide for the delivery of— "(1) selected health care services; "(2) total health care services for selected covered beneficiaries; or "(3) total health care services for all covered beneficiaries who reside in a geographic area designated by the Secretary. "(c) The Secretary may prescribe a premium, deductible, copayment, or other change for health care provided under this section.". (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT. —The analysis for chapter 17 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: "668. Contracts for medical care for retirees, dependents, and survivors: alternative delivery of health care". SEC. 320. PURCHASE OF CERTAIN DATA. 15 USC 313 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is authorized to enter into a contract for the future purchase of atmospheric wind data. Any and all obligations of the Government under such contract shall be contingent upon the following terms: (1) the data to be purchased must meet technical criteria specified in the contract and must be satisfactory to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and (2) the availability of appropriated funds. TITLE IV—FALSE DISTRESS REPORTS SEC. 401. PENALTIES AND LIABILITY FOR MAKING A FALSE DISTRESS REPORT. Section 88 of title 14, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(c) An individual who knowingly and willfully communicates a false distress message to the Coast Guard or causes the Coast Guard to attempt to save lives and property when no help is needed is— "(1) guilty of a class D felony; "(2) subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000; and "(3) liable for all costs the Coast Guard incurs as a result of the individual's action.". 39-194O-91-22:QL3Part4