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H.R. 2753: Veterans Claim Transparency Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 22, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2753

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 22, 2021

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

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide the representative of record of a claimant for compensation or benefits administered by the Secretary an opportunity to review a proposed determination regarding that claim.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veterans Claim Transparency Act of 2021.

2.

Opportunity for representative of record to review a proposed determination regarding a claim for compensation or benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

(a)

In general

Chapter 59 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

5906.

Opportunity for representative of record to review a proposed determination regarding a claim for compensation or benefits

(a)

In general

In each claim for compensation or benefits under this title in which the claimant has designated a representative of record, the Secretary shall provide that representative of record an opportunity to review the proposed determination of the Secretary before it becomes final.

(b)

Representative of record

For purposes of this section, a representative of record of a claimant may be—

(1)

a representative of the claimant recognized under section 5902 of this title; or

(2)

an agent or attorney of the claimant recognized under section 5904 of this title.

(c)

Notice

The Secretary shall submit notification in writing to a representative of record that a proposed determination is ready for review under subsection (a).

(d)

Period for review

Each opportunity to review a proposed determination under subsection (a) for a representative of record of a claimant shall be for a period—

(1)

beginning at the moment the representative receives notification under subsection (b); and

(2)

ending on the earlier of—

(A)

the moment that the claimant or the representative of record indicates to the Secretary that the claimant does not dispute the proposed determination; or

(B)

the moment that is 48 hours after the moment described in paragraph (1).

(e)

Limitation

The Secretary may not make a proposed determination, subject to a period of review under this section, final until after the period under subsection (d).

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 59 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 5905 the following new item:

5906. Opportunity for representative of record to review a proposed determination regarding a claim for compensation or benefits.

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