H.R. 5260 (109th): To provide that any reduction in the hours of operation of Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center ...

...emergency rooms may be implemented only after notice is provided to Congress and a period of 180 days has elapsed.

109th Congress, 2005–2006. Text as of May 02, 2006 (Introduced).

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HR 5260 IH

109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5260

To provide that any reduction in the hours of operation of Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency rooms may be implemented only after notice is provided to Congress and a period of 180 days has elapsed.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 2, 2006

Mr. BRADLEY of New Hampshire (for himself and Mr. BASS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To provide that any reduction in the hours of operation of Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency rooms may be implemented only after notice is provided to Congress and a period of 180 days has elapsed.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. HOURS OF OPERATION AT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY ROOMS.

    (a) Finding- The Congress finds that the emergency rooms of the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers play a critical role in providing immediate and lifesaving care to the Nation's population of veterans of service in the Armed Forces.

    (b) Notice-and-Wait Requirement- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not implement a reduction in the hours of operation at an emergency room of any Department of Veterans Affairs medical center until--

      (1) the Secretary submits to Congress notice in writing of the proposed change, together with an explanation of the reasons for the change; and

      (2) a period of 180 days has passed after the date on which the notice under paragraph (1) is submitted.

    (c) Requirement- If following submission of notice under subsection (b), access to emergency care at any Department of Veterans Affairs medical center is curtailed, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall take such steps as necessary to ensure that an alternative is available to veterans served by that medical center so that such veterans continue to receive immediate access to quality care without creating a new financial burden.