H.R. 3250 (The Lewis Bill)
Health Care Fairness Act of 1999 (Introduced in the House of Representatives,
November 8, 1999
To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health of minority individuals
Title I Improving Minority Health Through the National Institutes of Health; Establishment of a National Center for
Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The general purpose of the National Center for Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities is the conduct
and support of basic and clinical research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with
respect to minority health.
Title II:--Minority Health Research by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
In general, the Administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research shall
(I) Conduct and support research to identify how to improve the quality and outcomes of health care services for
minority populations and the causes of health disparities for minority population, including barriers to health care
(2) Conduct amid support research amid support administration projects to identify, test and evaluate strategies for
eliminating the disparities described in paragraph (1) and promoting effective interventions;
(3) Develop measures for the assessment and improvement of the quality and appropriateness of health care
services provided to minority populations; and
(4) Provide support to increase the number of minority health care researchers and the health services research capacity
of institutions that train minority health care researchers.
Tithe III -- Data Collection Relating to Race or
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 Social Security Administration) with which the Department interacts to collect
relevant data on race and ethnicity.
Tithe IV -- Medical Education
The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and in
collaboration with the Administrator for Health Care Policy and Research and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Minority Health, may make awards of grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements to public and nonprofit private
entities for the purpose of carrying out research projects and demonstration projects to develop curricula to reduce
disparity in health care outcomes, including curricula for cultural competency in graduate medical education.