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H.R. 1064 (115th): Mental Health Care Provider Retention Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2017 (Introduced).


I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1064

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Jones) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To authorize an individual who is transitioning from receiving treatment furnished by the Secretary of Defense to treatment furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to continue receiving treatment from such individual’s mental health care provider of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Mental Health Care Provider Retention Act of 2017.

2.

Retention of Mental Health Care Provider

(a)

In General

During the transition from receiving treatment furnished by the Secretary of Defense to treatment furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, a covered individual may elect to continue receiving treatment from such individual’s mental health care provider of the Department of Defense.

(b)

Priority

A covered individual shall receive the same level of priority as members of the Armed Forces at the military medical treatment facility at which the covered individual has elected to continue treatment.

(c)

Reimbursement of Costs

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall reimburse the Secretary of Defense for services rendered pursuant to subsection (a), if such services would have otherwise been furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

(d)

Departure of Mental Health Care Provider

In the event that the mental health care provider described under subsection (a) departs the military medical treatment facility at which the covered individual is receiving treatment, such individual may elect to obtain the services of—

(1)

a different mental health care provider at the same military medical treatment facility; or

(2)

a mental health care provider of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(e)

Departure of Covered Individual

In the event that the covered individual relocates and is unable to reasonably receive care at the military medical treatment facility at which such individual has elected to continue treatment under subsection (a), such individual shall transition to receiving treatment from a mental health care provider of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(f)

Medical Records

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that any mental health care provider of the Department of Defense that furnishes care or services under this section to a covered individual submits to the Department of Veterans Affairs a copy of any medical record related to the care or services provided to such individual by such mental health care provider for inclusion in the electronic medical record of such individual maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs upon such individual’s transition to receiving treatment from a mental health care provider of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(g)

Definition of Covered Individual

In this section, the term covered individual means an individual who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition and—

(1)

is enrolling in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs, established by section 1705 of title 38, United States Code; or

(2)

has enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is still in transition from receiving treatment furnished by the Secretary of Defense, as determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.