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house Bill H.R. 398

Should Doctors Be Taught To Recognize Signs of Human Trafficking?

Argument in favor

Doctors and nurses treat patients that have been subjected to human trafficking. As people whose job it is to keep people healthy, they should intercede on trafficking victims’ behalf — this funding helps medical and nursing schools ensure that they can.

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02/12/2015
This is a good goal, so I voted for it. But it does seem like an unusual thing for the federal government to regulate. Are we going to enact laws for all types of physician education?
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Abriea's Opinion
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08/30/2016
I totally agree because no one shouldn't have to live a life like that. It's 2016 going on 2017 and people are still being treated like wild animals. Everyone should be treated fair. If doctors are capable of doing such a task then why not be consider a SUPER SUPER HERO!
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05/21/2015
As a future medical professional, I think we need to be doing what we can to fulfill our oaths and obligations to serve.
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Argument opposed

Doctors and nurses should be trained to intercede when they think someone is a victim of sexual trafficking anyway. These schools don’t need extra funding to make sure that this material is part of the curriculum.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/01/2015
Why would this have been a matter for government involvement before Obamacare? Why should it be now? We used to have local police control over crime and FBI only to backstop. Now it seems government can't get it out of its head that we are destined to become a police state.
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Rita 's Opinion
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03/17/2016
Gee I don't want a dr. that has to be taught certain things. One other thing, I don't appreciate some Dr. that I see for 2 minutes occasionally being able to peg me mentally I'll just because Obama said so. The first question is always, have you had a flu shot? No and I don't intend too. I guess that probably will be the next item forced or getting us declared incompetent.
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Gary's Opinion
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09/23/2015
That's not what they're there for. Is this more with less?
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What is House Bill H.R. 398?

This bill seeks to increase the medical community's ability to spot human trafficking among their patients. 


H.R. 398 would allow the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to medical schools that incorporate instruction on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking among patients in curriculums for doctors and nurses. This instruction would also address how best to serve these individuals’ needs. 


In addition, H.R. 398 outlines that these medical school programs should guide students on how the law affects their work, what resources and services are available to victims, and how to properly manage the records of victims.

Impact

Victims of human trafficking, healthcare providers, medical school students, patients, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 398

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

Individuals subject to human trafficking have even more need for access to healthcare than others. According to Laura Lederer, Director of the Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking, 71 percent of survivors report becoming pregnant while being trafficked. 95 percent also report being subject to violence, and 84 percent report drug and alcohol abuse.


Sponsoring Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC) first introduced a version of this bill in the 113th Congress (H.R. 5411), but died in committee. 


Media:

Press Release by Sponsoring Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC)

The Hill

Womens Policy, Inc. (Previous Bill Version)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user francisco_osorio

AKA

Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015

Official Title

To provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of a severe form of trafficking and respond to such individuals appropriately, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed January 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2015

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    This is a good goal, so I voted for it. But it does seem like an unusual thing for the federal government to regulate. Are we going to enact laws for all types of physician education?
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    I totally agree because no one shouldn't have to live a life like that. It's 2016 going on 2017 and people are still being treated like wild animals. Everyone should be treated fair. If doctors are capable of doing such a task then why not be consider a SUPER SUPER HERO!
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    As a future medical professional, I think we need to be doing what we can to fulfill our oaths and obligations to serve.
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    Why would this have been a matter for government involvement before Obamacare? Why should it be now? We used to have local police control over crime and FBI only to backstop. Now it seems government can't get it out of its head that we are destined to become a police state.
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    Imagine how many children could be saved.
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    Human trafficking is incredibly prevalent. As an OT I will be required to take continuing educational courses on this and other topics. This is specific topic that requires additional attention because what we are doing right now is not enough.
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    Doctors already take such training. What business is it of D.C. politicians and bureaucrats? Do you really have to stick your noses into this? Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare are a mess and result in lesser healthcare quality than should exist because these programs are run by bureaucrats and not by people actually trained in medicine. Is there no area of healthcare that you do not assume you understand completely? Why should anybody go to medical school? We can simply ask federal bureaucrats how to do our jobs. BUTT OUT!
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    Stop using the medical community to spy on the American people. If they suspect an abuse, they don't need another corrupt federal agency to take action!
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    this policy could potentially prevent victims from receiving care due to fear of being discovered.
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    So should ACORN.
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    While a doctor should already be doing this, it's good to train them in how to spot victims and what do do with them.
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    ABSOUTELY, THIS IS SUCH A SIMPLE MATER,WE ARE WAISTING TOO MUCH TIME WITH COMMON SENSE MATTERS, ALL POLITICIANS GETTING PAID AND THE VOTERS SUFFERING. GET BUSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Health Care workers should be trained to recognize victims of "Human Trafficking." This issue is of moral, health, safety concern.
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    They should already be learning how to spot human trafficking. Just make it a requirement. Don't give them money to do something they should already be doing.
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    If a doctor cannot recognize the signs of human trafficking, then he/she does not deserve to be treating patients.
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    Yes we are the forefront of patient care we should have the skills to recognize this
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    You get that at birth. It's called common sense.
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    Recognizing the signs is important but what is more important is what to do next. The person is a victim and is being controlled by another person. How does a physician recognize the signs and know how to protect the victim properly?
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    The medical community needs to be trained in knowing the legal resources available to assist them in helping a trafficking victim. This takes money that should be provided through grants.
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    If a Physician needs to be taught something like that, he/she should not be "practicing" medicine.
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