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S. 1261 (115th): Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017

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A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay the reasonable costs of urgent care provided to certain veterans, to establish cost-sharing amounts for veterans receiving care at an emergency room of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Bill Cassidy

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 25, 2017
Length: 6 pages
May 25, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 25, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


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What legislators are saying

Cassidy Attends White House Signing Ceremony for VA MISSION Act
    — Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA] (Sponsor) on Jun 6, 2018

Sen. Moran Applauds Inclusion of Provisions in FCC Reauthorization, Broadcaster Repack Appropriations in Omnibus Agreement
    — Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS] on Mar 22, 2018

President Trump Signs Cassidy Co-Authored Veterans Legislation into Law
    — Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA] (Sponsor) on Jun 6, 2018

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May 25, 2017

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

Jul 11, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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

S. 1261 (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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