Medically Underserved Population Law and Legal Definition

According to 42 USCS § 300e-1 [Title 42. The Public Health and Welfare; Chapter 6a. The Public Health Service; Health Maintenance Organizations], medically underserved population means the population of an urban or rural area designated by the Secretary as an area with a shortage of personal health services or a population group designated by the Secretary as having a shortage of such services. Such a designation may be made by the Secretary only after consideration of the comments (if any) of (A) each State health planning and development agency which covers (in whole or in part) such urban or rural area or the area in which such population group resides, and (B) each health systems agency designated for a health service area which covers (in whole or in part) such urban or rural area or the area in which such population group resides.