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H.R. 6064: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a review of examinations, furnished by the Secretary, to individuals who submit claims to the Secretary for compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, for mental and physical conditions linked to military sexual trauma.


The text of the bill below is as of May 13, 2022 (Preprint (Suspension)).


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                                                                     117TH CONGRESS
                                                                        1ST SESSION
                                                                                                          H. R. 6064
                                                                     To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement
                                                                         with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
                                                                         for a review of examinations, furnished by the Secretary, to individuals
                                                                         who submit claims to the Secretary for compensation under chapter
                                                                         11 of title 38, United States Code, for mental and physical conditions
                                                                         linked to military sexual trauma.




                                                                                   IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                NOVEMBER 19, 2021
                                                                     Mr. NEHLS (for himself, Mr. BOST, Mrs. LURIA, Mr. BERGMAN, Mr. ELLZEY,
                                                                         and Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS) introduced the following bill; which was re-
                                                                         ferred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs




                                                                                                               A BILL
                                                                     To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter
                                                                        into an agreement with the National Academies of
                                                                        Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a review of ex-
                                                                        aminations, furnished by the Secretary, to individuals
                                                                        who submit claims to the Secretary for compensation
                                                                        under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, for
                                                                        mental and physical conditions linked to military sexual
                                                                        trauma.

                                                                       1              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
                                                                       2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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2 1 SECTION 1. INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF ASSESSMENTS BY 2 THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OF 3 MENTAL AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS LINKED 4 TO MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA FOR PUR- 5 POSES OF AWARDING DISABILITY COM- 6 PENSATION. 7 (a) AGREEMENT.—Not later than 90 days after the 8 date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Vet- 9 erans Affairs shall seek to enter into an agreement with 10 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and 11 Medicine (in this Act referred to as the ‘‘National Acad- 12 emies’’) to perform the services covered by this section. 13 (b) COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW.—Under an agreement 14 between the Secretary and the National Academies under 15 this section, the National Academies shall conduct a com- 16 prehensive review of examinations, furnished by the Sec- 17 retary to individuals who submit claims to the Secretary 18 for compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United 19 States Code, for mental and physical conditions linked to 20 military sexual trauma (in this Act referred to as ‘‘MST’’), 21 for the purpose of assessing the impairments of such indi- 22 viduals arising from MST. The review carried out pursu- 23 ant to paragraph (1) shall include the following elements: 24 (1) A determination of the adequacy of tools pbinns on DSKJLVW7X2PROD with BILLS 25 and protocols used by the Secretary to provide ex- 26 aminations described in this subsection, including— •HR 6064 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 01:58 Dec 07, 2021 Jkt 029200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H6064.IH H6064
3 1 (A) the Disability Benefits Questionnaires; 2 (B) the Department’s schedule of rating 3 disabilities; 4 (C) consideration of whether certain condi- 5 tions linked to MST should require referral for 6 both a mental health examination and a phys- 7 ical health examination; and 8 (D) the necessity of internal pelvic exami- 9 nations to diagnose certain conditions linked to 10 MST, and whether alternatives to such exami- 11 nations could be considered if a veteran objects 12 to or cannot complete such examination. 13 (2) A determination of what credentials and 14 training are necessary for a health care specialist or 15 provider to perform such examinations related to 16 physical conditions linked to MST, for men and for 17 women, including— 18 (A) sexual dysfunction; 19 (B) pelvic pain; 20 (C) pelvic dysfunction; 21 (D) musculoskeletal disabilities; and 22 (E) cardiovascular conditions (including 23 stroke). 24 (3) A determination of what credentials and pbinns on DSKJLVW7X2PROD with BILLS 25 training are necessary for a health care specialist or •HR 6064 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 01:58 Dec 07, 2021 Jkt 029200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H6064.IH H6064
4 1 provider to perform such examinations related to 2 mental health conditions linked to MST, for men 3 and for women. 4 (4) An assessment of the quality of MST train- 5 ing for individuals who perform such examinations, 6 including recommendations for improvements to 7 such training. 8 (c) REPORTS.— 9 (1) REPORT OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES.— 10 Not later than 540 days after the date on which the 11 Secretary enters into an agreement under subsection 12 (a), the National Academies shall submit to the 13 Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and 14 House of Representatives a report on the com- 15 prehensive review conducted under subsection (b). 16 Such report shall include the following elements: 17 (A) The findings of the National Acad- 18 emies under subsection (b). 19 (B) Recommendations of the National 20 Academies regarding legislative or administra- 21 tive action to improve of the adjudication of 22 claims described in subsection (b). 23 (2) REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.—Not later 24 than 90 days after submission of the report under pbinns on DSKJLVW7X2PROD with BILLS 25 paragraph (1), the Secretary shall submit to the •HR 6064 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 01:58 Dec 07, 2021 Jkt 029200 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H6064.IH H6064
5 1 Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of 2 Representatives and the Senate a report on the 3 plans of the Secretary to carry out any action based 4 on the findings and recommendations of the Na- 5 tional Academies. Æ pbinns on DSKJLVW7X2PROD with BILLS •HR 6064 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 01:58 Dec 07, 2021 Jkt 029200 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6301 E:\BILLS\H6064.IH H6064