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S. 863: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the grade and pay of podiatrists of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 25, 2019 (Passed the Senate).


116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 863

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the grade and pay of podiatrists of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

1.

Clarification of grade and pay of podiatrists of the Department of Veterans Affairs

(a)

Grade

The list in section 7404(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking PODIATRIC SURGEON (DPM) and inserting PODIATRIST; and

(2)

by inserting after the item relating to Physician and surgeon grade. the following new item:

  • Podiatrist grade.

.

(b)

Pay

(1)

In general

Section 7431 of such title is amended—

(A)

by striking physician and dentist each place it appears and inserting physician, podiatrist, and dentist;

(B)

by striking physicians and dentists each place it appears and inserting physicians, podiatrists, and dentists;

(C)

by striking physician or dentist each place it appears and inserting physician, podiatrist, or dentist;

(D)

by striking physicians or dentists each place it appears and inserting physicians, podiatrists, or dentists;

(E)

by striking Physician and Dentist each place it appears and inserting Physician, Podiatrist, and Dentist; and

(F)

in subsection (e)(1)(A), by inserting podiatrists and before dentists..

(2)

Administrative matters

Section 7433 of such title is amended by striking physicians and dentists each place it appears and inserting physicians, podiatrists, and dentists.

(3)

Conforming amendment

The heading of subchapter III of chapter 74 of such title is amended by inserting , Podiatrists, after Physicians.

(4)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 74 of such title is amended by striking the item relating to subchapter III and inserting the following new item:

Subchapter III—Pay for Physicians, Podiatrists, and Dentists

.

(5)

Technical amendment

Section 7433 of such title is further amended—

(A)

by striking subsection (b);

(B)

in subsection (a)—

(i)

by striking (1) The Secretary and inserting The Secretary; and

(ii)

by redesignating paragraph (2) as subsection (b); and

(C)

in subsection (b), as so redesignated—

(i)

by striking In prescribing and inserting Recommendations and views.—In prescribing; and

(ii)

by striking this paragraph and inserting this subsection.

Passed the Senate March 25, 2019.

Secretary