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March 29, 2024

Bill to Reauthorize Programs to Support Healthcare Workers Well-Being Advances

On March 20, 2024, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation that would re-authorize through 2029 the bipartisan-proposed Dr. Lorna Breem Health Care Provider Protection Act, which is currently set to expire at the end of 2024. The Act provides grants and other activities that seek to improve mental and behavioral health among health care providers and workers. The original Act includes HHS efforts to study and develop policy recommendations related to improving mental health, removing barriers to accessing mental health care and treatment, and identifying strategies to promote resiliency. 

In addition, this bill would also reauthorize the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) campaign, “Impact Wellbeing.” This campaign offers hospitals with evidence-informed solutions that seek to reduce healthcare worker burnout, sustain wellbeing, and build a system where healthcare workers are able to thrive. 

If Congress decides to re-authorize this Act, the scope will widen to more hospitals and healthcare settings and continue efforts to improve healthcare workers’ well-being. 

Sources:

H.R. 7153–Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Reauthorization Act, Congress.gov, https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/7153/all-actions

H.R. 1667–Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, Congress.gov, https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1667

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), “Impact Wellbeing,” CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/impactwellbeing/default.html

“Committee Advances Bills to Reauthorize Programs to Support Health Care Workers” American Hospital Association, https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2024-03-20-committee-advances-bills-reauthorize-programs-support-health-care-workers-pediatric-emergency-care

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