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S. 1266 (115th): Enhancing Veteran Care Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 1266 would authorize the VA to contract with a nonprofit organization that accredits U.S. health care organizations/programs to investigate and assess/report deficiencies at VA medical centers (VAMCs).

The Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs) are responsible for the planning, budgeting, and service delivery in the provision of healthcare to veterans within a geographic region that include multiple VAMCs and may stretch across multiple states. Overall, there are 18 VISNs in the Veterans Health Administration.

S. 1266 authorizes VISN or VAMC directors to contract with outside entities to conduct audits and investigations of VA medical facilities to equip them with the additional information needed to drive improvements in care. To prevent unnecessarily duplicative investigations, the bill also requires VISN or VAMC directors to inform the VA Secretary, the VA IG, and …

Sponsor and status

James “Jim” Inhofe

Sponsor. Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2017
Length: 2 pages
May 25, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 20, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 20, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-95

3 Cosponsors (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)



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.

Nov 9, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 6, 2017
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 20, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1266 (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 S. 1266. 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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