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H.R. 1848 (115th): Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1848 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a two-year pilot program to increase the number of medical scribes employed at the department.

Specifically, the bill would: 1) require the VA to carry out a medical scribe 2-year pilot program at 10 VA medical centers including 4 in rural areas, 4 in urban areas, and 2 where a need for increased access existis; 2) require the VA to hire 20 new VA employees as medical scribes and to enter into contracts with outside entities to ...

Sponsor and status

David “Phil” Roe

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2017
Length: 8 pages
Apr 3, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 24, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Unanimously Approves Roes Legislation to Create Medical Scribe Program Pilot
    — Rep. David “Phil” Roe [R-TN1] (Sponsor) on Jul 26, 2017

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of July 24, 2017
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 24, 2017

On the House Floor This Week - 7/24/17
    — Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018] on Jul 24, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 1848 will add $5 million in new spending through 2022.


Apr 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 6, 2017
Considered by Health

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 17, 2017
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

May 23, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jul 24, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 1848 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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