S. 1908 (103rd): Veterans’ Claims Adjudication Improvement Act of 1994

Introduced:
Mar 08, 1994 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Status:
Died (Passed Senate)
Sponsor
John “Jay” Rockefeller IV
Senator from West Virginia
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Aug 23, 1994
Length
13 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5244 (Related)
Veterans’ Benefits Improvements Act of 1994

Signed by the President
Nov 02, 1994

S. 1907 (Related)
A bill to require that the Department of Veterans Affairs adjudicate and resolve certain ...

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Apr 14, 1994

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on August 19, 1994 but was never passed by the House.

Progress
Introduced Mar 08, 1994
Referred to Committee Mar 08, 1994
Reported by Committee Apr 14, 1994
Passed Senate Aug 19, 1994
 
Full Title

A bill to provide for a study of the processes and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the disposition of claims for veterans' benefits.

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Cosponsors
9 cosponsors (8D, 1R) (show)
Committees

House Veterans' Affairs

Senate Veterans' Affairs

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8/19/1994--Passed Senate amended.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I - Study of Claims Adjudication Title II: Improvements to Claims Adjudication Title III: Miscellaneous Veterans' Claims Adjudication Improvement Act of 1994
Title I - Study of Claims Adjudication
Directs the U.S. Administrative Conference to carry out a study of the Department of Veterans Affairs system for the disposition of claims for veterans' benefits, with a purpose of enhancing the efficiency of the process and expedient disposition of claims.
Requires:
(1) Conference consultation with non-Department entities such as veterans service organizations and other veteran representatives; and
(2) cooperation by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in providing information required for such study.
Requires reports.
Authorizes appropriations.
Title II - Improvements to Claims Adjudication
Authorizes (current law requires) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to receive annual income verification information before granting or continuing veterans' pension benefits.
Directs the Secretary to accept from a claimant a photocopy of a document as proof of the existence of a marriage, the birth of a child, or the death of a family member.
Authorizes a physician employed by the Veterans Health Administration to accept from a private physician of a claimant a medical examination report if such report contains sufficient clinical data to support the diagnosis or degress of a disability.
Directs the Secretary to report to specified congressional committees on the status of an agreement with the Secretary of Defense for the immediate transfer from the Department of Defense of a member's medical records upon separation from active duty.
Title III - Miscellaneous
Amends the Veterans' Dioxin and Radiation Exposure Compensation Standards Act to state that regulations required under such Act may not prohibit a veteran from establishing service connection for a disease or disability that the veteran claims to be a result of exposure to ionizing radiation during a period of military service.
Directs the Secretary to take appropriate actions to determine whether the injury of any veteran as a result of medical treatment was the result of medical malpractice by the Department of Veterans Affairs and, if so, to provide appropriate compensation.

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