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H.R. 918 (115th): Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 918 would provide mental health care to certain former service members who would otherwise be ineligible for such care because they were discharged from military service under conditions that were other than honorable (OTH).

Specifically, the bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to give former members of the Armed Forces: (1) an initial mental health assessment, and (2) the mental health care services required to treat the member’s urgent mental healthcare needs, including risk of suicide or harming others. The bill states that the VA may provide such mental health care at a non-VA facility if: (1) the receipt of mental health care services by an individual in VA facilities would be clinically inadvisable, or (2) VA facilities are not capable of furnishing such mental health care …

Sponsor and status

Mike Coffman

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2017
Length: 8 pages
Feb 7, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 1625: H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 23, 2018. (compare text)

40 Cosponsors (25 Democrats, 15 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

VIDEO: Gabbard-Backed Legislation to Reform Veterans Mental Health Care Unanimously Passes House
    — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 7, 2017

Celebrating Our Veterans Every Day
    — Rep. Scott Tipton [R-CO3, 2011-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 11, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - November 9, 2017
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] on Nov 13, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 918 will add $15 million in new spending through 2022.


Feb 7, 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.

Jul 19, 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.

Nov 6, 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.

Nov 7, 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. 918 (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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 918. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

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

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