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

[CITE: 42USC300u-3]

 
TITLE 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
    CHAPTER 6A - PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
    SUBCHAPTER XV - HEALTH INFORMATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION
 
-HEAD-
    Sec. 300u-3. Grants and contracts for information programs;
        authority of Secretary; particular activities
 
-STATUTE-
      The Secretary is authorized to conduct and support by grant or
    contract (and encourage others to support) such activities as may
    be required to make information respecting health information and
    health promotion, preventive health services, and education in the
    appropriate use of health care available to the consumers of
    medical care, providers of such care, schools, and others who are
    or should be informed respecting such matters.  Such activities may
    include at least the following:
        (1) The publication of information, pamphlets, and other
      reports which are specially suited to interest and instruct the
      health consumer, which information, pamphlets, and other reports
      shall be updated annually, shall pertain to the individual's
      ability to improve and safeguard his own health; shall include
      material, accompanied by suitable illustrations, on child care,
      family life and human development, disease prevention
      (particularly prevention of pulmonary disease, cardiovascular
      disease, and cancer), physical fitness, dental health,
      environmental health, nutrition, safety and accident prevention,
      drug abuse and alcoholism, mental health, management of chronic
      diseases (including diabetes and arthritis), and venereal
      diseases; and shall be designed to reach populations of different
      languages and of different social and economic backgrounds.
        (2) Securing the cooperation of the communications media,
      providers of health care, schools, and others in activities
      designed to promote and encourage the use of health maintaining
      information and behavior.
        (3) The study of health information and promotion in
      advertising and the making to concerned Federal agencies and
      others such recommendations respecting such advertising as are
      appropriate.
        (4) The development of models and standards for the publication
      by States, insurance carriers, prepaid health plans, and others
      (except individual health practitioners) of information for use
      by the public respecting the cost and quality of health care,
      including information to enable the public to make comparisons of
      the cost and quality of health care.
        (5) The development of models and standards for the publication
      by States, insurance carriers, prepaid health plans, and others
      of information for use by the public respecting health insurance
      policies and prepaid health plans, including information on the
      benefits provided by the various types of such policies and
      plans, the premium charges for such policies and plans,
      exclusions from coverage or eligibility for coverage, cost
      sharing requirements, and the ratio of the amounts paid as
      benefits to the amounts received as premiums and information to
      enable the public to make relevant comparisons of the costs and
      benefits of such policies and plans.
 
-SOURCE-
    (July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title XVII, Sec. 1704, as added Pub. L.
    94-317, title I, Sec. 102, June 23, 1976, 90 Stat. 698; amended
    Pub. L. 98-551, Sec. 2(b), Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2816.)
 
-MISC1-
                                 AMENDMENTS
      1984 - Par. (6). Pub. L. 98-551 struck out par. (6) which
    provided grant authority to the Secretary to assess, with respect
    to the effectiveness, safety, cost, and required training for and
    conditions of use, of new aspects of health care, and new
    activities, programs, and services designed to improve human health
    and publish in readily understandable language for public and
    professional use such assessments and, in the case of controversial
    aspects of health care, activities, programs, or services, publish
    differing views or opinions respecting the effectiveness, safety,
    cost, and required training for and conditions of use, of such
    aspects of health care, activities, programs, or services.
 
-SECREF-
                   SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS
      This section is referred to in sections 300u, 300u-2 of this
    title.
 


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