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H.R. 1254: Veterans Health ID Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 28, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1254

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Health ID Act.

2.

Pilot program on Department of Veterans Affairs fee-basis health care

(a)

Pilot program

Beginning not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a two-year pilot program under which—

(1)

eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities; and

(2)

the Secretary shall reimburse such facilities for the cost of such care and services.

(b)

Eligible veteran

For purposes of the pilot program under this section, an eligible veteran is a veteran who—

(1)

is enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs under section 1705 of title 38, United States Code; and

(2)

resides in a geographic area selected by the Secretary under subsection (c).

(c)

Selection of geographic areas

The Secretary shall select one geographic area within each Veterans Integrated Service Network for participation in the pilot program. For Veterans Integrated Service Network 4, the Secretary shall select NJ–2 as the geographic area for participation in the pilot program.

(d)

Identification card

Under the pilot program, the Secretary shall issue to each eligible veteran who elects to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department facilities a unique identification card. The Secretary shall take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that such veterans receive such care and services at such non-Department facilities upon presentation of the identification card.

(e)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the conclusion of the pilot program under this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the pilot program. Such report shall include the Secretary’s analysis of the success of the pilot program and any recommendations for extending or expanding the pilot program.