The FAST Act created an alternative process for physicians and doctors of osteopathy at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to become Certified Medical Examiners to perform physical examinations on eligible veterans and then issue the medical certificates required to operate a commercial motor vehicle. H.R. 2547 would expand this pool of eligible medical professionals to include advanced practical nurses, chiropractors, physician assistants, and other qualified medical professionals.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 26, 2017.
(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on June 23, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Fast Act to require the medical professional who may perform a medical examination and provide a medical certificate for purposes of compliance with requirements for operation of a commercial motor vehicle to be a "qualified examiner" who:
is employed in the Department of Veterans Affairs as an advanced practice nurse, doctor of chiropractic, doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, physician assistant, or other medical professional; and is licensed, certified, or registered in a state to perform physical examinations.