H.R. 4088 (103rd): Veterans’ Adjudication Improvements Act of 1994

Introduced:
Mar 17, 1994 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Status:
Died (Passed House)
Sponsor
James Slattery
Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Aug 04, 1994
Length
25 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5244 (Related)
Veterans’ Benefits Improvements Act of 1994

Signed by the President
Nov 02, 1994

S. 1927 (Supersedes)
Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 1994

Signed by the President
Oct 25, 1994

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on August 8, 1994 but was never passed by the Senate.

Progress
Introduced Mar 17, 1994
Referred to Committee Mar 17, 1994
Reported by Committee Jul 21, 1994
Passed House Aug 08, 1994
 
Full Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide a cost-of-living adjustment in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of such veterans.

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Cosponsors
12 cosponsors (9D, 3R) (show)
Committees

House Veterans' Affairs

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8/8/1994--Passed House amended.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I - Cost-of-Living Adjustment in Rates of Compensation and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Title II: Disabilities Resulting from Herbicide Exposure Title III: Board of Veterans' Appeals Administration Title IV: Adjudication Improvements Title V: Miscellaneous Veterans' Benefits Act of 1994
Title I - Cost-of-Living Adjustment in Rates of Compensation and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Increases as of December 1, 1994, the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for veterans' dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving spouses and children, and supplemental DIC for disabled adult children.
Title II - Disabilities Resulting from Herbicide Exposure
Adds to the list of diseases associated with exposure to herbicide agents that will be presumed to be service-connected (and therefore compensable through veterans' disability compensation):
(1) Hodgkin's disease becoming manifest to a degree (of disability) of ten percent or more;
(2) porphyria cutanea becoming manifest to a degree of ten percent or more within a year after active duty;
(3) respiratory cancers becoming manifest to a degree of ten percent or more within 30 years after active duty; and
(4) multiple myeloma becoming manifest to a degree of ten percent or more.
Title III - Board of Veterans' Appeals Administration
Requires members of the Board of Veterans' Appeals other than the Chairman to be appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, with the approval of the President. Requires an evaluation of each Board member's job performance, with recertification to the Board resulting from a positive evaluation, conditional recertification, or noncertification in appropriate circumstances.
Outlines provisions concerning removal of a Board member for reasons other than job performance.
Requires the Board Chairman to establish Board member job performance standards within 90 days after enactment of this Act. Requires a report from the Secretary to the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees (veterans' committees) on the Secretary's proposal for the establishment of such standards.
Title IV - Adjudication Improvements
Veterans' Adjudication Improvements Act of 1994 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to:
(1) report to the veterans' committees on the feasibility of reorganizing the adjudication divisions within the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
(2) implement a recordkeeping system whereby each veteran and other individual eligible for benefits is identified by an identification number which will be available to VBA employees in every regional office or medical center;
(3) report to the veterans' committees on each pilot program and major initiative being conducted that affects the adjudication of claims for benefits;
(4) accept a claimant's statement as proof of the existence of marriage (or its dissolution), birth of a child, or death of a family member and to accept private physician examination reports in support of a claim for benefits; and
(4) take necessary action to provide for the expeditious treatment of benefits' claims that have been remanded to the Board or to VBA regional offices.
Allows a Board appeal to be screened ahead of its docket order to determine the adequacy or development of its record for decisional purposes.
Subjects benefit claims decisions made by the Secretary or the Board to revision or reversal on the grounds of clear and unmistakable error.
Allows requests for review of an alleged erroneous decision from the Secretary, the Board, or the claimant involved.
Title V - Miscellaneous
Requires veterans' disability compensation coverage for veterans who participated in tests involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device whether or not the test was conducted by the United States. Extends through 1999 (currently 1994) the authority of the Department to operate a regional office in the Republic of the Philippines. Provides that if an application for renewal is filed within one year after renouncement of the rights to pension, compensation, or DIC from the Department, the benefit(s) will be payable as if the renouncement had not occurred.
Provides an effective date of the last day of the month in which the death occurred for the discontinuance of survivors' benefits to a spouse of a veteran who, at the time of the veterans's death, was in receipt of veterans' disability compensation based on a total disability rating with an additional amount being paid for a spouse.

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