Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 4.djvu/445

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PUBLIC LAW 106-525—NOV. 22, 2000 114 STAT. 2507 culturally competent health services to minority health disparity populations or other health disparity populations. In examining such practices of providers funded under the authorities of this Act, the Director shall consult with the heads of the relevant agencies of the Public Health Service. "(3) REPORT. —Not later than 36 months after the date Deadline, of the enactment of this section, the Secretary, acting through the Director, shall prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report describing the state-of-theart of quality measurement for minority and other health disparity populations that will identify critical unmet needs, the current activities of the Department to address those needs, and a description of related activities in the private sector. "(d) DEFINITION. —For purposes of this section: "(1) The term 'health disparity population' has the meaning given such term in section 485E, except that in addition to the meaning so given, the Director may determine that such term includes populations for which there is a significant disparity in the quality, outcomes, cost, or use of health care services or access to or satisfaction with such services as compared to the general population. "(2) The term 'minority', with respect to populations, refers to racial and ethnic minority groups as defined in section 1707.". (b) FuNDiNG.^^ection 927 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 299c-6) is amended by adding at the end the following: "(d) HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH. — For the purpose of carrying out the activities under section 903, there are authorized to be appropriated $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2001, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2002 through 2005. ". TITLE III—DATA COLLECTION RELATING TO RACE OR ETHNICITY SEC. 301. STUDY AND REPORT BY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. 42 USC 3501 (a) STUDY.— The National Academy of Sciences shall conduct a comprehensive study of the Department of Health and Human Services' data collection systems and practices, and any data collection or reporting systems required under any of the programs or activities of the Department, relating to the collection of data on race or ethnicity, including other Federal data collection systems (such as the Social Security Administration) with which the Department interacts to collect relevant data on race and ethnicity. (b) REPORT. —Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment Deadline, of this Act, the National Academy of Sciences shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Commerce of the House of Representatives, a report that— (1) identifies the data needed to support efforts to evaluate the effects of socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity on access to health care and other services and on disparity in health and other social outcomes and the data needed to enforce existing protections for equal access to health care; (2) examines the effectiveness of the systems and practices of the Department of Health and Human Services described in subsection (a), including pilot and demonstration projects