S. 131: Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013

Jan 24, 2013
Reported by Committee
21% chance of being enacted
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Patty Murray
Senior Senator from Washington
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Last Updated
Sep 17, 2013
38 pages
Related Bills
S. 3313 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Passed Senate
Last Action: Dec 13, 2012

H.R. 958 (Related)
Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 05, 2013


The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 24, 2013.

Introduced Jan 24, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 24, 2013
Reported by Committee Jul 24, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

21% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, and for other purposes.


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4 cosponsors (4D) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

9/17/2013--Reported to Senate amended.
Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013 -
Section 2 -
Includes fertility counseling and treatment within authorized Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services.
Section 3 -
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary) to furnish such counseling and treatment, including the use of assisted reproductive technology, to a spouse or surrogate of a severely wounded, ill, or injured veteran who has an infertility condition incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and who is enrolled in the VA health care system, as long as the spouse and veteran apply jointly for such counseling and treatment.
Section 4 -
Authorizes the Secretary to pay to any such veteran an amount to assist in the adoption of one or more children. Provides cost limits.
Section 5 -
Directs the Secretary to prescribe regulations on the furnishing of such counseling, treatment, and adoption assistance.
Section 6 -
Requires the Secretary and the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to share best practices and facilitate referrals on the furnishing of such counseling and treatment.
Section 7 -
Directs the Secretary to facilitate research conducted collaboratively by the Secretaries of Defense and Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to improve VA's ability to meet the long-term reproductive health care needs of veterans who have a service-connected genitourinary disability or a condition that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, such as a spinal cord injury, that affects the veterans' ability to reproduce. Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on such research.
Section 8 -
Directs the Secretary to report annually to the congressional veterans committees on the counseling and treatment provided under this Act.
Section 9 -
Directs the Secretary to carry out a program of providing assistance to veterans to obtain child care during the period they are receiving mental health services.
Requires the program to be carried out in at least three Veterans Integrated Service Networks selected by the Secretary. Directs the Secretary to carry out a similar program to provide assistance to the primary caretaker of a child or children who is receiving or in need of readjustment counseling and related mental health services from the VA. Requires the latter program to be carried out in at least three Readjustment Counseling Service Regions selected by the Secretary.
Section 10 -
Directs the Secretary to provide, through the Readjustment Counseling Service of the Veterans Health Administration, reintegration and readjustment services in group retreat settings to women veterans who are recently separated from service after a prolonged deployment. Requires the receipt of services to be at the election of the veteran. Repeals superseded pilot program authority under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.

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