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From the U.S. House of Representatives Downloadable U.S. Code
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[Laws in effect as of January 5, 1999]

[CITE: 42USC300aa-10]

 
TITLE 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
    CHAPTER 6A - PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
    SUBCHAPTER XIX - VACCINES
    Part 2 - National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
    subpart a - program requirements
 
-HEAD-
    Sec. 300aa-10. Establishment of program
 
-STATUTE-
    (a) Program established
      There is established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation
    Program to be administered by the Secretary under which
    compensation may be paid for a vaccine-related injury or death.
    (b) Attorney's obligation
      It shall be the ethical obligation of any attorney who is
    consulted by an individual with respect to a vaccine-related injury
    or death to advise such individual that compensation may be
    available under the program (FOOTNOTE 1) for such injury or death.
       (FOOTNOTE 1) So in original.  Probably should be capitalized.
    (c) Publicity
      The Secretary shall undertake reasonable efforts to inform the
    public of the availability of the Program.
 
-SOURCE-
    (July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title XXI, Sec. 2110, as added Pub. L.
    99-660, title III, Sec. 311(a), Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3758;
    amended Pub. L. 101-239, title VI, Sec. 6601(b), Dec. 19, 1989, 103
    Stat. 2285.)
 
-MISC1-
                              PRIOR PROVISIONS
      A prior section 300aa-10, act July 1, 1944, Sec. 2111, was
    successively renumbered by subsequent acts and transferred, see
    section 238h of this title.
      A prior section 2110 of act July 1, 1944, was successively
    renumbered by subsequent acts and transferred, see section 238g of
    this title.
                                 AMENDMENTS
      1989 - Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 101-239 added subsec. (c).
                      EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1989 AMENDMENT
      Section 6601(s) of Pub. L. 101-239, as amended by Pub. L.
    102-572, title IX, Sec. 902(b)(1), Oct. 29, 1992, 106 Stat. 4516,
    provided that:
      ''(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendments made by
    this section (amending this section and sections 300aa-11 to
    300aa-17, 300aa-21, 300aa-23, 300aa-26, and 300aa-27 of this title)
    shall apply as follows:
        ''(A) Petitions filed after the date of enactment of this
      section (Dec. 19, 1989) shall proceed under the National Vaccine
      Injury Compensation Program under title XXI of the Public Health
      Service Act (this subchapter) as amended by this section.
        ''(B) Petitions currently pending in which the evidentiary
      record is closed shall continue to proceed under the Program in
      accordance with the law in effect before the date of the
      enactment of this section, except that if the United States Court
      of Federal Claims is to review the findings of fact and
      conclusions of law of a special master on such a petition, the
      court may receive further evidence in conducting such review.
        ''(C) Petitions currently pending in which the evidentiary
      record is not closed shall proceed under the Program in
      accordance with the law as amended by this section.
    All pending cases which will proceed under the Program as amended
    by this section shall be immediately suspended for 30 days to
    enable the special masters and parties to prepare for proceeding
    under the Program as amended by this section.  In determining the
    240-day period prescribed by section 2112(d) of the Public Health
    Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300aa-12(d)), as amended by this section, or
    the 420-day period prescribed by section 2121(b) of such Act (42
    U.S.C. 300aa-21(b)), as so amended, any period of suspension under
    the preceding sentence shall be excluded.
      ''(2) The amendments to section 2115 of the Public Health Service
    Act (42 U.S.C. 300aa-15) shall apply to all pending and
    subsequently filed petitions.''
                               EFFECTIVE DATE
      Subpart effective Oct. 1, 1988, see section 323 of Pub. L.
    99-660, as amended, set out as a note under section 300aa-1 of this
    title. 


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