H. R. 3666
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 7, 2005
Mr. Evans (for himself, Mr. Filner, Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Michaud, Ms. Herseth, Mr. Strickland, Ms. Hooley, Mr. Reyes, Ms. Berkley, and Mr. Udall of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
To provide that, for the period ending August 31, 2007, veterans affected by Hurricane Katrina shall have access to health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Department of Veterans Affairs health care eligibility category for veterans affected by Hurricane Katrina
A Hurricane Katrina-affected veteran who is otherwise eligible for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care from the Department of Veterans Affairs in accordance with section 1710(a)(3) of title 38, United States Code, shall, during the period beginning on August 28, 2005, and ending at the close of August 31, 2007, be eligible for such care and services as if that veteran were covered by subparagraph (F) of section 1710(a)(2) of that title.
Hurricane Katrina-affected veteran defined
For purposes of this section, the term Hurricane Katrina-affected veteran means a veteran (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) who as of August 28, 2005, resided in, or was employed in, a county identified as being adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina in the State of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama by Federal Disaster Declaration notice 1602, 1603, 1604, or 1605, respectively (as amended), issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct an aggressive, comprehensive outreach program to enhance the awareness of veterans made eligible for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care from the Department of Veterans Affairs by reason of subsection (a).