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H.R. 3122 (115th): Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 6, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 282

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3122

[Report No. 115–385]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 29, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Moulton, and Mr. Renacci) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

November 6, 2017

Additional sponsors: Ms. Shea-Porter and Miss González-Colón of Puerto Rico

November 6, 2017

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on June 29, 2017


A BILL

To protect individuals who are eligible for increased pension under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the basis of need of regular aid and attendance from dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017.

2.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs notice of dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices targeting individuals who are eligible for increased pension on basis of need for regular aid and attendance

(a)

Notice required

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall include on the internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a warning to veterans relating to dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices targeting individuals who are eligible for increased pension under chapter 15 of title 38, United States Code, on the basis of need for regular aid and attendance.

(b)

GAO study

(1)

Study required

Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall complete a study on financial exploitation of veterans. Such study shall include—

(A)

an analysis of the types of standards used by Federal and State agencies intended to protect vulnerable populations from financial exploitation; and

(B)

an analysis of the types of financial exploitation facing veterans who are eligible for increased pension under chapter 15 of title 38, United States Code, on the basis of need for regular aid and attendance and any gaps in efforts to address these issues.

(2)

Reports

(A)

Preliminary report

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit to Congress a preliminary report on the study required under paragraph (1).

(B)

Final report

Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit to Congress a final report on such study.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a warning regarding dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices targeting individuals who are eligible for increased pension on the basis of need for regular aid and attendance, and for other purposes..

November 6, 2017

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed