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H.R. 3236 (114th): Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 29, 2015 (Passed the House).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3236

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; reconciliation of funds; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.

(b)

Reconciliation of funds

The Secretary of Transportation shall reduce the amount apportioned or allocated for a program, project, or activity under this Act in fiscal year 2015 by amounts apportioned or allocated pursuant to the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 and the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, including the amendments made by such Acts, for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015.

(c)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; reconciliation of funds; table of contents.

Title I—Surface Transportation Program Extension

Subtitle A—Federal-Aid Highways

Sec. 1001. Extension of Federal-aid highway programs.

Sec. 1002. Administrative expenses.

Subtitle B—Extension of Highway Safety Programs

Sec. 1101. Extension of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highway safety programs.

Sec. 1102. Extension of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration programs.

Sec. 1103. Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act.

Subtitle C—Public Transportation Programs

Sec. 1201. Formula grants for rural areas.

Sec. 1202. Apportionment of appropriations for formula grants.

Sec. 1203. Authorizations for public transportation.

Sec. 1204. Bus and bus facilities formula grants.

Subtitle D—Hazardous Materials

Sec. 1301. Authorization of appropriations.

Title II—Revenue Provisions

Sec. 2001. Extension of Highway Trust Fund expenditure authority.

Sec. 2002. Funding of Highway Trust Fund.

Sec. 2003. Modification of mortgage reporting requirements.

Sec. 2004. Consistent basis reporting between estate and person acquiring property from decedent.

Sec. 2005. Clarification of 6-year statute of limitations in case of overstatement of basis.

Sec. 2006. Tax return due dates.

Sec. 2007. Transfers of excess pension assets to retiree health accounts.

Sec. 2008. Equalization of Highway Trust Fund excise taxes on liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and compressed natural gas.

Title III—Additional Provisions

Sec. 3001. Service fees.

Title IV—Veterans Provisions

Sec. 4001. Short title.

Sec. 4002. Plan to consolidate programs of Department of Veterans Affairs to improve access to care.

Sec. 4003. Funding account for non-Department care.

Sec. 4004. Temporary authorization of use of Veterans Choice Funds for certain programs.

Sec. 4005. Modifications of Veterans Choice Program.

Sec. 4006. Limitation on dialysis pilot program.

Sec. 4007. Amendments to Internal Revenue Code with respect to health coverage of veterans.

Sec. 4008. Emergency designations.

I

Surface Transportation Program Extension

A

Federal-Aid Highways

1001.

Extension of Federal-aid highway programs

(a)

In general

Section 1001(a) of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (128 Stat. 1840) is amended by striking July 31, 2015 and inserting October 29, 2015.

(b)

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

Highway Trust Fund

Section 1001(b)(1) of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (128 Stat. 1840) is amended to read as follows:

(1)

Highway trust fund

Except as provided in section 1002, there is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account)—

(A)

for fiscal year 2015, a sum equal to the total amount authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for programs, projects, and activities for fiscal year 2014 under divisions A and E of MAP–21 (Public Law 112–141) and title 23, United States Code (excluding chapter 4 of that title); and

(B)

for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015, 29/366 of the total amount authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for programs, projects, and activities for fiscal year 2015 under divisions A and E of MAP–21 (Public Law 112–141) and title 23, United States Code (excluding chapter 4 of that title).

.

(2)

General fund

Section 1123(h)(1) of MAP–21 (23 U.S.C. 202 note) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $24,986,301 out of the general fund of the Treasury to carry out the program for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $2,377,049 out of the general fund of the Treasury to carry out the program for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(c)

Use of funds

(1)

In general

Section 1001(c)(1) of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (128 Stat. 1840) is amended by striking (1) In general.— and all that follows through to carry out programs and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

Except as otherwise expressly provided in this subtitle, funds authorized to be appropriated under subsection (b)(1)—

(A)

for fiscal year 2015 shall be distributed, administered, limited, and made available for obligation in the same manner and at the same levels as the amounts of funds authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for fiscal year 2014; and

(B)

for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015, shall be distributed, administered, limited, and made available for obligation in the same manner and at the same levels as 29/366 of the amounts of funds authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for fiscal year 2015,

to carry out programs

.

(2)

Obligation ceiling

Section 1102 of MAP–21 (23 U.S.C. 104 note) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a)—

(i)

by striking and at the end of paragraph (2); and

(ii)

by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:

(3)

$40,256,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(4)

$3,189,683,060 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

;

(B)

in subsection (b)(12)—

(i)

by striking each of fiscal years 2013 through 2014 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015; and

(ii)

by striking , and for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, only in an amount equal to $639,000,000, less any reductions that would have otherwise been required for that year by section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901a), then multiplied by 304⁄365 for that period and inserting , and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015, only in an amount equal to $639,000,000, less any reductions that would have otherwise been required for that year by section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901a), then multiplied by 29/366 for that period;

(C)

in subsection (c)—

(i)

in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 through 2014 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015; and

(ii)

in paragraph (2) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) by striking for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, that is equal to 304⁄365 of such unobligated balance and inserting for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015, that is equal to 29/366 of such unobligated balance;

(D)

in subsection (d) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking 2015 and inserting 2016; and

(E)

in subsection (f)(1) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 through 2014 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

1002.

Administrative expenses

Section 1002 of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (128 Stat. 1842) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a) by striking for administrative expenses of the Federal-aid highway program $366,465,753 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015. and inserting

for administrative expenses of the Federal-aid highway program—

(1)

$440,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(2)

$34,863,388 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

; and

(2)

by striking subsection (b)(2) and inserting the following:

(2)

for fiscal year 2015 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015, subject to the limitations on administrative expenses under the heading Federal Highway Administration in appropriations Acts that apply, respectively, to that fiscal year and period.

.

B

Extension of Highway Safety Programs

1101.

Extension of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highway safety programs

(a)

Extension of programs

(1)

Highway safety programs

Section 31101(a)(1) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended—

(A)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B); and

(B)

by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

(C)

$235,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(D)

$18,620,219 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(2)

Highway safety research and development

Section 31101(a)(2) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended—

(A)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B); and

(B)

by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

(C)

$113,500,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(D)

$8,993,169 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(3)

National priority safety programs

Section 31101(a)(3) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended—

(A)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B); and

(B)

by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

(C)

$272,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(D)

$21,551,913 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(4)

National driver register

Section 31101(a)(4) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended—

(A)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B); and

(B)

by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

(C)

$5,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(D)

$396,175 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(5)

High visibility enforcement program

(A)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 31101(a)(5) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended—

(i)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B); and

(ii)

by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

(C)

$29,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(D)

$2,297,814 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(B)

Law enforcement campaigns

Section 2009(a) of SAFETEA–LU (23 U.S.C. 402 note) is amended—

(i)

in the first sentence by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and in the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and in the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015; and

(ii)

in the second sentence by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and in the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and in the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

(6)

Administrative expenses

Section 31101(a)(6) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended—

(A)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B); and

(B)

by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

(C)

$25,500,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(D)

$2,020,492 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(b)

Cooperative research and evaluation

Section 403(f)(1) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2014, and $2,082,192 of the total amount available for apportionment to the States for highway safety programs under section 402(c) in the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2015, and $198,087 of the total amount available for apportionment to the States for highway safety programs under section 402(c) in the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

(c)

Applicability of title 23

Section 31101(c) of MAP–21 (126 Stat. 733) is amended by striking fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

1102.

Extension of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration programs

(a)

Motor carrier safety grants

Section 31104(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of paragraph (9); and

(2)

by striking paragraph (10) and inserting the following:

(10)

$218,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(11)

$17,273,224 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(b)

Administrative expenses

Section 31104(i)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of subparagraph (I); and

(2)

by striking subparagraph (J) and inserting the following:

(J)

$259,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(K)

$20,521,858 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(c)

Grant programs

(1)

Commercial driver’s license program improvement grants

Section 4101(c)(1) of SAFETEA–LU (119 Stat. 1715) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $24,986,301 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $2,377,049 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(2)

Border enforcement grants

Section 4101(c)(2) of SAFETEA–LU (119 Stat. 1715) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $26,652,055 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $2,535,519 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(3)

Performance and registration information system management grant program

Section 4101(c)(3) of SAFETEA–LU (119 Stat. 1715) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $4,164,384 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $396,175 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(4)

Commercial vehicle information systems and networks deployment program

Section 4101(c)(4) of SAFETEA–LU (119 Stat. 1715) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $20,821,918 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $1,980,874 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(5)

Safety data improvement grants

Section 4101(c)(5) of SAFETEA–LU (119 Stat. 1715) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $2,498,630 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $237,705 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(d)

High-Priority activities

Section 31104(k)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2006 through 2014 and up to $12,493,151 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2006 through 2015 and up to $1,188,525 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

(e)

New entrant audits

Section 31144(g)(5)(B) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking per fiscal year and up to $26,652,055 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting per fiscal year and up to $2,535,519 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

(f)

Outreach and education

Section 4127(e) of SAFETEA–LU (119 Stat. 1741) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $3,331,507 to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $316,940 to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

(g)

Grant program for commercial motor vehicle operators

Section 4134(c) of SAFETEA–LU (49 U.S.C. 31301 note) is amended by striking each of fiscal years 2005 through 2014 and $832,877 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2005 through 2015 and $79,235 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

1103.

Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act

Section 4 of the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777c) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a) in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking each fiscal year through 2014 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting each fiscal year through 2015 and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015; and

(2)

in subsection (b)(1)(A) by striking for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2014, and for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2015, and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

C

Public Transportation Programs

1201.

Formula grants for rural areas

Section 5311(c)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A) by striking for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2014, and $4,164,384 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2015, and $396,175 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B) by striking for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2014, and $20,821,918 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2015, and $1,980,874 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

1202.

Apportionment of appropriations for formula grants

Section 5336(h)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2014, and $24,986,301 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting for each fiscal year ending before October 1, 2015, and $2,377,049 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

1203.

Authorizations for public transportation

(a)

Formula grants

Section 5338(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1) by striking and $7,158,575,342 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $8,595,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $681,024,590 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015;

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A) by striking and $107,274,521 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $128,800,000 for fiscal 2015, and $10,205,464 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(B)

in subparagraph (B) by striking for each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $8,328,767 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $792,350 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(C)

in subparagraph (C) by striking and $3,713,505,753 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $4,458,650,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $353,281,011 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(D)

in subparagraph (D) by striking and $215,132,055 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $258,300,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $20,466,393 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(E)

in subparagraph (E)—

(i)

by striking and $506,222,466 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $607,800,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $48,159,016 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(ii)

by striking and $24,986,301 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $30,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $2,377,049 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,; and

(iii)

by striking and $16,657,534 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $1,584,699 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(F)

in subparagraph (F) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $2,498,630 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $237,705 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(G)

in subparagraph (G) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $4,164,384 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $396,175 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(H)

in subparagraph (H) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $3,206,575 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $305,055 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(I)

in subparagraph (I) by striking and $1,803,927,671 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $2,165,900,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $171,615,027 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(J)

in subparagraph (J) by striking and $356,304,658 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $427,800,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $33,896,721 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,; and

(K)

in subparagraph (K) by striking and $438,009,863 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting $525,900,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $41,669,672 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

(b)

Research, development demonstration and deployment projects

Section 5338(b) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking and $58,301,370 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $70,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $5,546,448 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(c)

Transit cooperative research program

Section 5338(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking and $5,830,137 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $7,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $554,645 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(d)

Technical assistance and standards development

Section 5338(d) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking and $5,830,137 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $7,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $554,645 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(e)

Human resources and training

Section 5338(e) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking and $4,164,384 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $396,175 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(f)

Capital investment grants

Section 5338(g) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking and $1,558,295,890 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $1,907,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $151,101,093 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

(g)

Administration

Section 5338(h) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1) by striking and $86,619,178 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015 and inserting $104,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $8,240,437 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015;

(2)

in paragraph (2) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and not less than $4,164,384 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and not less than $396,175 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,; and

(3)

in paragraph (3) by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and not less than $832,877 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and not less than $79,235 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

1204.

Bus and bus facilities formula grants

Section 5339(d)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $54,553,425 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $5,189,891 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,;

(2)

by striking $1,041,096 for such period and inserting $99,044 for such period; and

(3)

by striking $416,438 for such period and inserting $39,617 for such period.

D

Hazardous Materials

1301.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In general

Section 5128(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of paragraph (2); and

(2)

by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:

(3)

$42,762,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(4)

$3,388,246 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015.

.

(b)

Hazardous materials emergency preparedness fund

Section 5128(b) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

in the paragraph heading by striking Fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and inserting Fiscal years 2013 through 2015; and

(B)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) by striking fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and inserting fiscal years 2013 through 2015; and

(2)

by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

(2)

Fiscal year 2016

From the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Fund established under section 5116(i), the Secretary may expend for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015—

(A)

$14,896 to carry out section 5115;

(B)

$1,727,322 to carry out subsections (a) and (b) of section 5116, of which not less than $1,081,557 shall be available to carry out section 5116(b);

(C)

$11,885 to carry out section 5116(f);

(D)

$49,522 to publish and distribute the Emergency Response Guidebook under section 5116(i)(3); and

(E)

$79,235 to carry out section 5116(j).

.

(c)

Hazardous materials training grants

Section 5128(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking each of the fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and $3,331,507 for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on July 31, 2015, and inserting each of fiscal years 2013 through 2015 and $316,940 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on October 29, 2015,.

II

Revenue Provisions

2001.

Extension of Highway Trust Fund expenditure authority

(a)

Highway Trust Fund

Section 9503 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(1)

by striking August 1, 2015 in subsections (b)(6)(B), (c)(1), and (e)(3) and inserting October 30, 2015, and

(2)

by striking Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 in subsections (c)(1) and (e)(3) and inserting Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.

(b)

Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund

Section 9504 of such Code is amended—

(1)

by striking Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 each place it appears in subsection (b)(2) and inserting Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, and

(2)

by striking August 1, 2015 in subsection (d)(2) and inserting October 30, 2015.

(c)

Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund

Section 9508(e)(2) of such Code is amended by striking August 1, 2015 and inserting October 30, 2015.

2002.

Funding of Highway Trust Fund

Section 9503(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by redesignating paragraph (7) as paragraph (8) and by inserting after paragraph (6) the following new paragraph:

(7)

Additional sums

Out of money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is hereby appropriated—

(A)

$6,068,000,000 to the Highway Account (as defined in subsection (e)(5)(B)) in the Highway Trust Fund; and

(B)

$2,000,000,000 to the Mass Transit Account in the Highway Trust Fund.

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2003.

Modification of mortgage reporting requirements

(a)

Information return requirements

Section 6050H(b)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking and at the end of subparagraph (C), by redesignating subparagraph (D) as subparagraph (G) and by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following new subparagraphs:

(D)

the amount of outstanding principal on the mortgage as of the beginning of such calendar year,

(E)

the date of the origination of the mortgage,

(F)

the address (or other description in the case of property without an address) of the property which secures the mortgage, and

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(b)

Statements to individuals

Section 6050H(d)(2) of such Code is amended by striking subsection (b)(2)(C) and inserting subparagraphs (C), (D), (E), and (F) of subsection (b)(2).

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to returns required to be made, and statements required to be furnished, after December 31, 2016.

2004.

Consistent basis reporting between estate and person acquiring property from decedent

(a)

Property acquired from a decedent

Section 1014 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(f)

Basis must be consistent with estate tax return

For purposes of this section—

(1)

In general

The basis of any property to which subsection (a) applies shall not exceed—

(A)

in the case of property the final value of which has been determined for purposes of the tax imposed by chapter 11 on the estate of such decedent, such value, and

(B)

in the case of property not described in subparagraph (A) and with respect to which a statement has been furnished under section 6035(a) identifying the value of such property, such value.

(2)

Exception

Paragraph (1) shall only apply to any property whose inclusion in the decedent’s estate increased the liability for the tax imposed by chapter 11 (reduced by credits allowable against such tax) on such estate.

(3)

Determination

For purposes of paragraph (1), the basis of property has been determined for purposes of the tax imposed by chapter 11 if—

(A)

the value of such property is shown on a return under section 6018 and such value is not contested by the Secretary before the expiration of the time for assessing a tax under chapter 11,

(B)

in a case not described in subparagraph (A), the value is specified by the Secretary and such value is not timely contested by the executor of the estate, or

(C)

the value is determined by a court or pursuant to a settlement agreement with the Secretary.

(4)

Regulations

The Secretary may by regulations provide exceptions to the application of this subsection.

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(b)

Information reporting

(1)

In general

Subpart A of part III of subchapter A of chapter 61 of such Code is amended by inserting after section 6034A the following new section:

6035.

Basis information to persons acquiring property from decedent

(a)

Information with respect to property acquired from decedents

(1)

In general

The executor of any estate required to file a return under section 6018(a) shall furnish to the Secretary and to each person acquiring any interest in property included in the decedent’s gross estate for Federal estate tax purposes a statement identifying the value of each interest in such property as reported on such return and such other information with respect to such interest as the Secretary may prescribe.

(2)

Statements by beneficiaries

Each person required to file a return under section 6018(b) shall furnish to the Secretary and to each other person who holds a legal or beneficial interest in the property to which such return relates a statement identifying the information described in paragraph (1).

(3)

Time for furnishing statement

(A)

In general

Each statement required to be furnished under paragraph (1) or (2) shall be furnished at such time as the Secretary may prescribe, but in no case at a time later than the earlier of—

(i)

the date which is 30 days after the date on which the return under section 6018 was required to be filed (including extensions, if any), or

(ii)

the date which is 30 days after the date such return is filed.

(B)

Adjustments

In any case in which there is an adjustment to the information required to be included on a statement filed under paragraph (1) or (2) after such statement has been filed, a supplemental statement under such paragraph shall be filed not later than the date which is 30 days after such adjustment is made.

(b)

Regulations

The Secretary shall prescribe such regulations as necessary to carry out this section, including regulations relating to—

(1)

the application of this section to property with regard to which no estate tax return is required to be filed, and

(2)

situations in which the surviving joint tenant or other recipient may have better information than the executor regarding the basis or fair market value of the property.

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(2)

Penalty for failure to file

(A)

Return

Section 6724(d)(1) of such Code is amended by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (C) and inserting , and, and by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

any statement required to be filed with the Secretary under section 6035.

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(B)

Statement

Section 6724(d)(2) of such Code is amended by striking or at the end of subparagraph (GG), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (HH) and inserting , or, and by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(II)

section 6035 (other than a statement described in paragraph (1)(D)).

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(3)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for subpart A of part III of subchapter A of chapter 61 of such Code is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 6034A the following new item:

Sec. 6035. Basis information to persons acquiring property from decedent.

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(c)

Penalty for inconsistent reporting

(1)

In general

Section 6662(b) of such Code is amended by inserting after paragraph (7) the following new paragraph:

(8)

Any inconsistent estate basis.

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(2)

Inconsistent basis reporting

Section 6662 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(k)

Inconsistent estate basis reporting

For purposes of this section, there is an ‘inconsistent estate basis’ if the basis of property claimed on a return exceeds the basis as determined under section 1014(f).

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to property with respect to which an estate tax return is filed after the date of the enactment of this Act.

2005.

Clarification of 6-year statute of limitations in case of overstatement of basis

(a)

In general

Section 6501(e)(1)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(1)

by striking and at the end of clause (i), by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (iii), and by inserting after clause (i) the following new clause:

(ii)

An understatement of gross income by reason of an overstatement of unrecovered cost or other basis is an omission from gross income; and

, and

(2)

by inserting (other than in the case of an overstatement of unrecovered cost or other basis) in clause (iii) (as so redesignated) after In determining the amount omitted from gross income.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to—

(1)

returns filed after the date of the enactment of this Act, and

(2)

returns filed on or before such date if the period specified in section 6501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (determined without regard to such amendments) for assessment of the taxes with respect to which such return relates has not expired as of such date.

2006.

Tax return due dates

(a)

Due dates for returns of partnerships, S corporations, and C corporations

(1)

Partnerships and S corporations

(A)

In general

So much of subsection (b) of 6072 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as precedes the second sentence thereof is amended to read as follows:

(b)

Returns of partnerships and S corporations

Returns of partnerships under section 6031 and returns of S corporations under sections 6012 and 6037 made on the basis of the calendar year shall be filed on or before the 15th day of March following the close of the calendar year, and such returns made on the basis of a fiscal year shall be filed on or before the 15th day of the third month following the close of the fiscal year.

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(B)

Conforming amendment

Section 6072(a) of such Code is amended by striking 6017, or 6031 and inserting or 6017.

(2)

Conforming amendments relating to C corporation due date of 15th day of fourth month following taxable year

(A)

Section 170(a)(2)(B) of such Code is amended by striking third month and inserting fourth month.

(B)

Section 563 of such Code is amended by striking third month each place it appears and inserting fourth month.

(C)

Section 1354(d)(1)(B)(i) of such Code is amended by striking 3d month and inserting 4th month.

(D)

Subsections (a) and (c) of section 6167 of such Code are each amended by striking third month and inserting fourth month.

(E)

Section 6425(a)(1) of such Code is amended by striking third month and inserting fourth month.

(F)

Subsections (b)(2)(A), (g)(3), and (h)(1) of section 6655 of such Code are each amended by striking 3rd month and inserting 4th month.

(G)

Section 6655(g)(4) of such Code is amended by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (F) and by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following new subparagraph:

(E)

Subsection (b)(2)(A) shall be applied by substituting 3rd month for 4th month.

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(3)

Effective dates

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the amendments made by this subsection shall apply to returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.

(B)

Special rule for c corporations with fiscal years ending on June 30

In the case of any C corporation with a taxable year ending on June 30, the amendments made by this subsection shall apply to returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025.

(b)

Modification of due dates by regulation

In the case of returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015, the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary's designee, shall modify appropriate regulations to provide as follows:

(1)

The maximum extension for the returns of partnerships filing Form 1065 shall be a 6-month period ending on September 15 for calendar year taxpayers.

(2)

The maximum extension for the returns of trusts filing Form 1041 shall be a 5½-month period ending on September 30 for calendar year taxpayers.

(3)

The maximum extension for the returns of employee benefit plans filing Form 5500 shall be an automatic 3½-month period ending on November 15 for calendar year plans.

(4)

The maximum extension for the returns of organizations exempt from income tax filing Form 990 (series) shall be an automatic 6-month period ending on November 15 for calendar year filers.

(5)

The maximum extension for the returns of organizations exempt from income tax that are required to file Form 4720 returns of excise taxes shall be an automatic 6-month period beginning on the due date for filing the return (without regard to any extensions).

(6)

The maximum extension for the returns of trusts required to file Form 5227 shall be an automatic 6-month period beginning on the due date for filing the return (without regard to any extensions).

(7)

The maximum extension for filing Form 6069, Return of Excise Tax on Excess Contributions to Black Lung Benefit Trust Under Section 4953 and Computation of Section 192 Deduction, shall be an automatic 6-month period beginning on the due date for filing the return (without regard to any extensions).

(8)

The maximum extension for a taxpayer required to file Form 8870 shall be an automatic 6-month period beginning on the due date for filing the return (without regard to any extensions).

(9)

The due date of Form 3520–A, Annual Information Return of a Foreign Trust with a United States Owner, shall be the 15th day of the 3d month after the close of the trust's taxable year, and the maximum extension shall be a 6-month period beginning on such day.

(10)

The due date of Form 3520, Annual Return to Report Transactions with Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts, for calendar year filers shall be April 15 with a maximum extension for a 6-month period ending on October 15.

(11)

The due date of FinCEN Report 114 (relating to Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) shall be April 15 with a maximum extension for a 6-month period ending on October 15 and with provision for an extension under rules similar to the rules in Treas. Reg. section 1.6081–5. For any taxpayer required to file such Form for the first time, any penalty for failure to timely request for, or file, an extension, may be waived by the Secretary.

(c)

Corporations permitted statutory automatic 6-Month extension of income tax returns

(1)

In general

Section 6081(b) of such Code is amended—

(A)

by striking 3 months and inserting 6 months, and

(B)

by adding at the end the following: In the case of any return for a taxable year of a C corporation which ends on December 31 and begins before January 1, 2026, the first sentence of this subsection shall be applied by substituting 5 months for 6 months. In the case of any return for a taxable year of a C corporation which ends on June 30 and begins before January 1, 2026, the first sentence of this subsection shall be applied by substituting 7 months for 6 months..

(2)

Effective date

The amendments made by this subsection shall apply to returns for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.

2007.

Transfers of excess pension assets to retiree health accounts

(a)

In general

Section 420(b)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking December 31, 2021 and inserting December 31, 2025.

(b)

Conforming ERISA amendments

(1)

Sections 101(e)(3), 403(c)(1), and 408(b)(13) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1021(e)(3), 1103(c)(1), 1108(b)(13)) are each amended by striking MAP–21' and inserting Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.

(2)

Section 408(b)(13) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 1108(b)(13)) is amended by striking January 1, 2022 and inserting January 1, 2026.

2008.

Equalization of Highway Trust Fund excise taxes on liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and compressed natural gas

(a)

Liquefied petroleum gas

(1)

In general

Section 4041(a)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking and at the end of clause (i), by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (iii), and by inserting after clause (i) the following new clause:

(ii)

in the case of liquefied petroleum gas, 18.3 cents per energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline, and

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(2)

Energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline

Section 4041(a)(2) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following:

(C)

Energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline

For purposes of this paragraph, the term energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline means, with respect to a liquefied petroleum gas fuel, the amount of such fuel having a Btu content of 115,400 (lower heating value). For purposes of the preceding sentence, a Btu content of 115,400 (lower heating value) is equal to 5.75 pounds of liquefied petroleum gas.

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(b)

Liquefied natural gas

(1)

In general

Section 4041(a)(2)(B) of such Code, as amended by subsection (a)(1), is amended by striking and at the end of clause (ii), by striking the period at the end of clause (iii) and inserting , and and by inserting after clause (iii) the following new clause:

(iv)

in the case of liquefied natural gas, 24.3 cents per energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel.

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(2)

Energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel

Section 4041(a)(2) of such Code, as amended by subsection (a)(2), is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel

For purposes of this paragraph, the term energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel means, with respect to a liquefied natural gas fuel, the amount of such fuel having a Btu content of 128,700 (lower heating value). For purposes of the preceding sentence, a Btu content of 128,700 (lower heating value) is equal to 6.06 pounds of liquefied natural gas.

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(3)

Conforming amendments

Section 4041(a)(2)(B)(iii) of such Code, as redesignated by subsection (a)(1), is amended—

(A)

by striking liquefied natural gas,, and

(B)

by striking peat), and and inserting peat) and.

(c)

Energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline to compressed natural gas

Section 4041(a)(3) of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline

For purposes of this paragraph, the term energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline means 5.66 pounds of compressed natural gas.

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(d)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to any sale or use of fuel after December 31, 2015.

III

Additional Provisions

3001.

Service fees

Paragraph (4) of section 44940(i) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

(K)

$1,560,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.

(L)

$1,600,000,000 for fiscal year 2025.

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IV

Veterans Provisions

4001.

Short title

This title may be cited as the VA Budget and Choice Improvement Act.

4002.

Plan to consolidate programs of Department of Veterans Affairs to improve access to care

(a)

Plan

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall develop a plan to consolidate all non-Department provider programs by establishing a new, single program to be known as the Veterans Choice Program to furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans enrolled in the system of patient enrollment established under section 1705(a) of title 38, United States Code, at non-Department facilities.

(b)

Elements

The plan developed under subsection (a) to establish the Veterans Choice Program to furnish hospital care and medical services at non-Department facilities shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(1)

A standardized method to furnish such care and services that incorporates the strengths of the non-Department provider programs into a single streamlined program that the Secretary administers uniformly in each Veterans Service Integrated Network and throughout the medical system of the Veterans Health Administration.

(2)

An identification of the eligibility requirements for any such care and services, including with respect to service-connected disabilities and non-service-connected disabilities.

(3)

A description of the authorization process for such care or medical services, including with respect to identifying the roles of clinicians, schedulers, any third-party administrators, the Chief Business Office of the Department, and any other entity involved in the authorization process.

(4)

The structuring of the billing and reimbursement process, including the use of third-party medical claims adjudicators or technology that supports automatic adjudication.

(5)

A description of the reimbursement rate to be paid to health care providers under such program.

(6)

An identification of how the Secretary will determine the eligibility requirements of health care providers at non-Department facilities to participate in such program, including how the Secretary plans to structure a non-Department care network to allow the maximum amount of flexibility in providing care and services under the program.

(7)

An explanation of the processes to be used to ensure that the Secretary will fully comply with all requirements of chapter 39 of title 31, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Prompt Payment Act), in paying for such care and services furnished at non-Department facilities.

(8)

A description of how, to the greatest extent practicable, the Secretary plans to use infrastructure and networks of non-Department provider programs that exist as of the date of the plan to implement such program.

(9)

A description of how—

(A)

health care providers at non-Department facilities that furnish such care or services to veterans under such program will have access to, and transmit back to the Department, the medical records of such veterans; and

(B)

the Department will receive from such non-Department providers such medical records and any other relevant information.

(10)

A description of how the Secretary plans to ensure an efficient transition to such program for veterans who participate in the non-Department provider programs, including a timeline, milestones, and estimated costs for implementation, outreach, and training.

(c)

Submission

Not later than November 1, 2015, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report containing—

(1)

a description of each non-Department provider program and the statutory authority for each such program;

(2)

the plan under subsection (a);

(3)

the estimated costs and budgetary requirements to implement the plan and to furnish hospital care and medical services pursuant to such plan; and

(4)

any recommendations for legislative proposals the Secretary determines necessary to implement such plan.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term non-Department facility has the meaning given that term in section 1701 of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

The term non-Department provider programs means each program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under which the Secretary enters into contracts or other agreements with health care providers at non-Department facilities to furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans, including pursuant to the following:

(A)

Section 1703 of title 38, United States Code.

(B)

The Veterans Choice Program established by section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 38 U.S.C. 1701 note).

(C)

The Patient Centered Community Care Program (known as PC3).

(D)

The pilot program established by section 403 of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–387; 38 U.S.C. 1703 note) (known as Project ARCH).

(E)

Contracts relating to dialysis.

(F)

Agreements entered into by the Secretary with—

(i)

the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Indian Health Service, or any the head of any other department or agency of the Federal Government; or

(ii)

any academic affiliate or other non-governmental entity.

(G)

Programs relating to emergency care, including under sections 1725 and 1728 of title 38, United States Code.

4003.

Funding account for non-Department care

Each budget of the President submitted to Congress under section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, for fiscal year 2017 and each fiscal year thereafter shall include an appropriations account for non-Department provider programs (as defined in section 2(d)) to be comprised of—

(1)

discretionary medical services funding that is designated for hospital care and medical services furnished at non-Department facilities; and

(2)

any funds transferred for such purpose from the Veterans Choice Fund established by section 802 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 128 Stat. 1802).

4004.

Temporary authorization of use of Veterans Choice Funds for certain programs

(a)

In general

Subsection (c) of section 802 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 128 Stat. 1802) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking Any amounts and inserting Except as provided by paragraph (3), any amounts; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following paragraph:

(3)

Temporary authority for other uses

(A)

Other non-Department care

In addition to the use of amounts described in paragraph (1), of the amounts deposited in the Veterans Choice Fund, not more than $3,348,500,000 may be used by the Secretary during the period described in subparagraph (C) for amounts obligated by the Secretary on or after May 1, 2015, to furnish health care to individuals pursuant to chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, at non-Department facilities, including pursuant to non-Department provider programs other than the program established by section 101.

(B)

Hepatitis C

Of the amount specified in subparagraph (A), not more than $500,000,000 may be used by the Secretary during the period described in subparagraph (C) for pharmaceutical expenses relating to the treatment of Hepatitis C.

(C)

Period described

The period described in this subparagraph is the period beginning on the date of the enactment of the VA Budget and Choice Improvement Act and ending on October 1, 2015.

(D)

Reports

Not later than 14 days after the date of the enactment of the VA Budget and Choice Improvement Act, and not less frequently than once every 14-day period thereafter during the period described in subparagraph (C), the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report detailing—

(i)

the amounts used by the Secretary pursuant to subparagraphs (A) and (B); and

(ii)

an identification of such amounts listed by the non-Department provider program for which the amounts were used.

(E)

Definitions

In this paragraph:

(i)

The term appropriate congressional committees means—

(I)

the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; and

(II)

the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate.

(ii)

The term non-Department facilities has the meaning given that term in section 1701 of title 38, United States Code.

(iii)

The term non-Department provider program has the meaning given that term in section 4002(d) of the VA Budget and Choice Improvement Act.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Subsection (d)(1) of such section is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: (or for hospital care and medical services pursuant to subsection (c)(3) of this section).

4005.

Modifications of Veterans Choice Program

(a)

Increased period of follow-Up care

Subsection (h) of section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 38 U.S.C. 1701 note) is amended by striking (but for a period not exceeding 60 days).

(b)

Expansion of eligibility

Such section is further amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (b) and inserting the following new paragraph:

(1)

the veteran is enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs established and operated under section 1705 of title 38, United States Code, including any such veteran who has not received hospital care or medical services from the Department and has contacted the Department seeking an initial appointment from the Department for the receipt of such care or services; and

; and

(2)

in subsection (g)(1), by striking In the case and all that follows through , when and insert When.

(c)

Expansion of providers

Such section is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1)(B), by adding at the end the following new clause:

(v)

Subject to subsection (d)(5), a health care provider not otherwise covered under any of clauses (i) through (iv).

; and

(2)

in subsection (d), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(5)

Agreements with other providers

In accordance with the rates determined pursuant to paragraph (2), the Secretary may enter into agreements under paragraph (1) for furnishing care and services to eligible veterans under this section with an entity specified in subsection (a)(1)(B)(v) if the entity meets criteria established by the Secretary for purposes of this section.

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(d)

Clarification of wait times

Subparagraph (A) of subsection (b)(2) of such section is amended to read as follows:

(A)

attempts, or has attempted, to schedule an appointment for the receipt of hospital care or medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, but is unable to schedule an appointment within—

(i)

the wait-time goals of the Veterans Health Administration for the furnishing of such care or services; or

(ii)

with respect to such care or services that are clinically necessary, the period determined necessary for such care or services if such period is shorter than such wait-time goals;

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(e)

Modification of distance requirement

Subparagraph (B) of subsection (b)(2) of such section is amended to read as follows:

(B)

resides more than 40 miles (as calculated based on distance traveled) from—

(i)

with respect to a veteran who is seeking primary care, a medical facility of the Department, including a community-based outpatient clinic, that is able to provide such primary care by a full-time primary care physician; or

(ii)

with respect to a veteran not covered under clause (i), the medical facility of the Department, including a community-based outpatient clinic, that is closest to the residence of the veteran;

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4006.

Limitation on dialysis pilot program

(a)

Limitation

None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may be used to expand the dialysis pilot program or to create any new dialysis capability provided by the Department in a facility that is not an initial facility under the dialysis pilot program until—

(1)

an independent analysis of the dialysis pilot program is conducted for each such initial facility;

(2)

the Secretary submits to the appropriate congressional committees the report under subsection (b); and

(3)

a period of 180 days has elapsed following the date on which the Secretary submits such report.

(b)

Report

The Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report containing the following:

(1)

The independent analysis described in subsection (a)(1).

(2)

A five-year dialysis investment plan explaining all of the options of the Secretary for delivering dialysis care to veterans, including how and where such care will be delivered.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term appropriate congressional committees means—

(A)

the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; and

(B)

the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate.

(2)

The term dialysis pilot program means the pilot demonstration program approved by the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health in August 2010 and by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in September 2010 to provide dialysis care to patients at certain outpatient facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(3)

The term initial facility means one of the four outpatient facilities identified by the Secretary to participate in the dialysis pilot program prior to the date of the enactment of this Act.

4007.

Amendments to Internal Revenue Code with respect to health coverage of veterans

(a)

Exemption in determination of employer health insurance mandate

(1)

In general

Section 4980H(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:

(F)

Exemption for health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration

Solely for purposes of determining whether an employer is an applicable large employer under this paragraph for any month, an individual shall not be taken into account as an employee for such month if such individual has medical coverage for such month under—

(i)

chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, including coverage under the TRICARE program, or

(ii)

under a health care program under chapter 17 or 18 of title 38, United States Code, as determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary.

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(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by this subsection shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.

(b)

Eligibility for health savings account not affected by receipt of medical care for service-Connected disability

(1)

In general

Section 223(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(C)

Special rule for individuals eligible for certain veterans benefits

An individual shall not fail to be treated as an eligible individual for any period merely because the individual receives hospital care or medical services under any law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for a service-connected disability (within the meaning of section 101(16) of title 38, United States Code).

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(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by this subsection shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2015.

4008.

Emergency designations

(a)

In general

This title, except for section 4007, is designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 933(g)).

(b)

Designation in Senate

In the Senate, this title, except for section 4007, is designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 403(a) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

Passed the House of Representatives July 29, 2015.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.