IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 28, 2021
Ms. Cortez Masto (for herself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the application and review process of the Department of Veterans Affairs for clothing allowance claims submitted by veterans, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Brian Neuman Department of Veterans Affairs Clothing Allowance Improvement Act of 2021.
Improvements to process of the Department of Veterans Affairs for clothing allowance claims
Process for clothing allowance claims
Section 1162 of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
The Secretary under and inserting:
The Secretary, under
in paragraph (2)—
which (A) a physician and inserting:
, and (B) the Secretary and inserting the following: “; and
by adding at the end the following new subsections:
Continuous nature of payments
Payments made to a veteran under subsection (a) shall continue on an automatically recurring annual basis until the earlier of the following:
The date on which the veteran elects to no longer receive such payments.
The date on which the Secretary determines the veteran is no longer eligible pursuant to subsection (d).
Reviews of claim
Except as provided in paragraph (2)(B), the Secretary shall conduct reviews of a claim on which a clothing allowance for a veteran is based to determine the continued eligibility of the veteran as follows:
Beginning not earlier than five years after the date on which the veteran initially receives a clothing allowance under this section and on a periodic basis thereafter.
Whenever the Secretary receives notice that the veteran no longer meets the requirements specified in subsection (a).
The Secretary shall prescribe in regulations standards for determining whether a claim for clothing allowance is based on a circumstance that is not subject to change.
If the Secretary determines, pursuant to standards prescribed under subparagraph (A), that a claim for clothing allowance is based on a circumstance that is not subject to change, paragraph (1)(A) shall not apply with respect to the claim.
Determination regarding continued eligibility
If the Secretary determines, as the result of a review of a claim conducted under subsection (c)(1), that the veteran who submitted such claim no longer meets the requirements specified in subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
provide to the veteran notice of such determination that includes a description of applicable actions that may be taken following the determination, including the actions specified in section 5104C of this title; and
discontinue the clothing allowance based on such claim.
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to—
claims for clothing allowance submitted on or after the date of the enactment of this Act; and
claims for clothing allowance submitted prior to the date of the enactment of this Act, if the veteran who submitted such claim is in receipt of the clothing allowance as of the date of the enactment of this Act.