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H.R. 1508 (115th): Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 10, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1508


March 10, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Ms. Stefanik, Ms. Titus, and Mr. Young of Alaska) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the recruitment of physicians in the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act.


Recruitment of physicians in Department of Veterans Affairs


In general

Section 7402(b)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—


by inserting or to be offered a contingent appointment to such position, after position,; and


by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following new subparagraph (B):


have completed a residency program satisfactory to the Secretary; or


with respect to an offer for a contingent appointment upon the completion of a post-graduate training program, complete such a residency program by not later than two years after the date of such offer; and



Oversight of graduate medical education programs

The Secretary shall—


ensure that a recruiter or other similar official of each Veterans Integrated Service Network visits, not less than annually, each allopathic and osteopathic teaching institution with a graduate medical education program within the Network to recruit individuals to be appointed to positions in the Veterans Health Administration; and


submit to Congress an annual report on the implementation of paragraph (1), including the success of such recruiting efforts.