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H.R. 360: VA Fiscal Responsibility Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 19, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 360

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 19, 2021

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

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to automate third-party health insurance billings and collections of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the VA Fiscal Responsibility Act.

2.

Third-party billings and collections procedures of Department of Veterans Affairs

(a)

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

A large number of third-party health billings by the Department of Veterans Affairs go uncollected each year.

(2)

Procedures to provide for correct billing and prompt collection must improve at the Department.

(3)

Congress has urged the Department to improve its systems for the collection of third-party payments that are owed to the Department for non-service-connected care for veterans.

(4)

It is important for the Department to increase collections of payments that are rightfully owed to the United States.

(5)

A comprehensive solution to the fee care issue is necessary to realize full collection potential.

(b)

Use of automated technology

(1)

Requirement

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall automate the collection of outstanding, overdue, and not fully paid third-party health insurance claims, regardless of the amount owed under any single claim.

(2)

Contract authority

The Secretary shall seek to enter into a contract using competitive procedures to provide the capability described in paragraph (1). The Secretary shall award such a contract from among contractors that the Secretary determines have proven expertise and documented success in the private sector through the use of automated small-balance recovery and appeal processes.

(3)

Third-party health insurance claims

In this section, the term third-party health insurance claims means claims made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recover amounts from third parties pursuant to sections 1725 and 1729 of title 38, United States Code, and other similar provisions of law.