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H.R. 2943 (116th): Providing Benefits Information in Spanish and Tagalog for Veterans and Families Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 118

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2943

[Report No. 116–158]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

July 18, 2019

Additional sponsors: Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Cárdenas, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Ms. Escobar, and Mr. Gallego

July 18, 2019

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 May 23, 2019


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make all fact sheets of the Department of Veterans Affairs in English and Spanish.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Providing Benefits Information in Spanish and Tagalog for Veterans and Families Act.

2.

Fact sheets

(a)

Languages

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall make versions of all fact sheets of the Department of Veterans Affairs in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.

(b)

Website

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish and maintain a publicly available website of the Department of Veterans Affairs that contains links to all fact sheets of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and of the National Cemetery Administration. The website shall be accessible by a clearly labelled hyperlink on the homepage of the Department.

(c)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit a report to Congress regarding fact sheets described in subsection (a) and details of the Language Access Plan of the Department of Veteran Affairs. The report shall include the following:

(1)

What the Secretary determines constitutes a fact sheet of the Department for purposes of this Act.

(2)

How such fact sheets are utilized and distributed other than on and through the website of the Department.

(3)

How such Language Access Plan is communicated to veterans, family members of veterans, and caregivers.

(4)

The roles and responsibilities of patient advocates in the coordination of care for veterans with limited English proficiency, family members of such veterans, and caregivers.

(5)

Other demographic information that the Secretary determines appropriate regarding veterans with limited English proficiency.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make all fact sheets of the Department of Veterans Affairs in English, Spanish, and Tagalog..

July 18, 2019

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