S. 1148: Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jun 12, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1148

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 12, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Heller) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide notice of average times for processing claims, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act .

2.

Department of Veterans Affairs notice of average times for processing claims

(a)

Public notice

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall post the information described in subsection (c)

(1)

in a conspicuous place in each regional office and claims intake facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and

(2)

on the Internet website of the Department.

(b)

Notice to applicants

The Secretary shall provide to each person who submits a claim for a benefit under a law administered by the Secretary before the person submits such claim—

(1)

notice of the information described in subsection (c); and

(2)

notice that the person is eligible to receive up to an extra year of benefits payments if the person files a claim that is fully developed.

(c)

Information described

(1)

In general

The information described in this subsection is the following:

(A)

The average processing time of the claims described in paragraph (2).

(B)

The percentage of each of the following types of submitted claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for which benefits are awarded:

(i)

Claims filed by veterans who authorized a veterans service organization to act on the veterans’ behalf under a durable power of attorney.

(ii)

Claims filed by veterans who authorized a person other than a veterans service organization to act on the veterans’ behalf under a durable power of attorney.

(iii)

Claims filed by veterans who did not authorize a person to act on the veterans’ behalf under a durable power of attorney.

(2)

Claims described

The claims described in this paragraph are each of the following types of claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

(A)

A fully developed claim that is submitted in standard electronic form.

(B)

A fully developed claim that is submitted in standard paper form.

(C)

A claim that is not fully developed that is submitted in standard electronic form.

(D)

A claim that is not fully developed that is submitted in standard paper form.

(E)

A claim that is not fully developed that is submitted in non-standard paper form.

(3)

Update of information

The information described in this subsection shall be updated not less frequently than once each fiscal quarter.