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H.R. 2478 (115th): Expanding Veterans’ Access to Choice Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 17, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 2478


May 17, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Coffman, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Smith of Texas, and Mr. LaMalfa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to clarify the distance requirement with respect to determining the eligibility of veterans to receive hospital care and medical services from non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Expanding Veterans’ Access to Choice Act.


Clarification of distance and referral requirements under the Veterans Choice Program

Subsection (b)(2) of section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 38 U.S.C. 1701 note) is amended—


in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking ; or and inserting a semicolon;


in subparagraph (D)(ii)(II)(dd), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and


by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:


resides within 40 miles (as calculated based on distance traveled) of a medical facility of the Department, including a community-based outpatient clinic, but—


the Secretary is unable to assign a full-time primary care physician to the veteran at any such facility within such distance; or


no such facility within such distance provides the hospital care or medical treatment the veteran needs.