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H.R. 8212 (116th): ECHO Act


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 11, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


I

116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 8212

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 11, 2020

(for himself and Mr. Banks) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct studies on alternative work schedules for employees of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other matters.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the VA Expanded Care Hours Act or the ECHO Act.

2.

Studies on alternative work schedules for employees of Veterans Health Administration

(a)

Study of veterans

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a study on the attitudes of eligible veterans toward the Department of Veterans Affairs offering appointments outside the usual operating hours of facilities of the Department, including through the use of telehealth appointments.

(2)

Eligible veteran defined

In this subsection, the term eligible veteran means a veteran who—

(A)

is enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department under section 1705(a) of title 38, United States Code; and

(B)

received health care from the Department at least once during the two-year period ending on the date of the commencement of the study under paragraph (1).

(b)

Department study

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct a study on the feasibility and advisability of offering appointments outside the usual operating hours of facilities of the Department.

(2)

Study of employees

The study required by paragraph (1) shall include a study of the opinions of employees of the Veterans Health Administration, including clinical, nonclinical, and support staff, with respect to offering appointments outside the usual operating hours of facilities of the Department, including through the use of telehealth appointments.