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S. 578 (98th): Veterans Health Care and Programs Improvement Act of 1983

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for adult day health care services for veterans, to authorize the Veterans' Administration to administer a community residential care program, to establish a presumption of service-connection for former prisoners of war suffering from dysthymic disorder and to revise and clarify eligibility for reimbursement of expenses of travel for Veterans' Administration health care.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status


Feb 23, 1983
98th Congress, 1983–1984

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 20, 1983, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Alan Simpson

Senator for Wyoming



Feb 23, 1983

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Apr 20, 1983
Ordered Reported

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S. 578 (98th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 98th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 12, 1984. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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