Maximizing Outcomes Through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (Mobile) Health Care Act

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 28, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 958, the Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment, or the MOBILE Health Care Act.

Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs, are an integral part of the healthcare system. They provide much-needed healthcare services to some of our most vulnerable populations, the uninsured, pregnant women, children, those suffering from homelessness, and veterans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

It can be difficult for patients to access care at FQHCs in rural and underserved areas due to transportation constraints. One way to help improve healthcare delivery is for FQHCs to meet patients where they are by deploying mobile units.

The MOBILE Health Care Act will allow existing FQHCs to use their New Access Point grants to establish mobile health units without also creating new brick-and-mortar sites and without authorizing any new grant programs or funding.

Further, it allows new applicants to use these grants to purchase mobile health units if they also use a portion of the grant to establish a permanent, full-time site.

This bill will help increase access to affordable primary care services across the country, especially in rural areas, like my district.

I thank the bill's sponsors, Representatives Hudson, Herrera Beutler, Lee, and Ruiz for introducing this important legislation.

I urge my colleagues to support the underlying bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

Mr. GUTHRIE. Mr. Speaker, this is an important piece of legislation. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes,'' and I yield back the balance of my time.