H.R. 1133 would amend the Choice program to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide for any care and/or services a live donor may require to carry out a transplant procedure at a medical facility in the community for an eligible veteran notwithstanding that the live donor may not be eligible for VA care.
Under current law, veterans in need of a solid organ transplant are disqualified from using the VA Choice Program if the available live donor is not a Veteran. Additionally, veterans may be restricted to specific VA treatment facilities that are often far away. H.R. 1133 would allow the VA to provide organ transplants to Veterans from a live donor regardless of whether or not that donor is a veteran through the Choice program.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Nov 7, 2017.
Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) provide for an operation on a live donor to carry out a transplant procedure for an eligible veteran, notwithstanding that the live donor may not be eligible for VA health care, and (2) provide for such an operation at a VA facility or a non-VA facility that has an agreement with the VA. (The live donor shall be deemed to be an individual eligible for hospital care and medical services at a non-VA facility pursuant to such an agreement solely for the purposes of receiving such operation, care, and services.)
Subject to fund availability, the VA shall furnish to such a donor any care or services that may be required before and after conducting such procedure.