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Titles (6)

Short Titles

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 1994

Short Titles as Passed Senate for portions of this bill
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionals Education Debt Reduction Act

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 1993

Short Titles as Reported to Senate for portions of this bill
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionals Education Debt Reduction Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Amended by Senate

An Act to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs program of sexual trauma services for veterans, to improve certain Department of Veterans Affairs programs for women veterans, to extend the period of entitlement to inpatient care for veterans exposed to Agent Orange or ionizing radiation, to establish a hospice care pilot program, to establish a rural health care clinics program, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide per diem payments and construction grants to State homes for adult day care services, to establish an education debt reduction program, and for other purposes.

Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs program of sexual trauma counseling for veterans and to improve certain Department of Veterans Affairs programs for women veterans.


Actions Overview (4)

Date
07/26/1994Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
05/25/1994Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Voice Vote.
09/08/1993Committee on Veterans. Reported to Senate by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. With written report No. 103-136. Minority views filed.
05/26/1993Introduced in Senate

All Actions (24)

Date Chamber
07/27/1994HouseReferred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
07/27/1994-10:49amHouseReceived in the House.
07/27/1994SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
07/26/1994SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
07/26/1994SenateS.Amdt.2413 Amendment agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
07/26/1994SenateS.Amdt.2413 Proposed by Senator Mitchell for Senator Rockefeller. Of a technical nature.
07/26/1994SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S9727-9748)
07/26/1994SenateSenate vitiated previous passage. (consideration: CR S9727)
07/22/1994SenateReturned to Senate pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 487.
07/22/1994-11:16amHousePursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 487, papers are returned to the Senate. (consideration: CR H5960)
05/26/1994HouseReferred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
05/26/1994SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
05/26/1994-11:02amHouseReceived in the House.
05/25/1994SenatePassed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Voice Vote.
05/25/1994SenateThe committee substitute as amended agreed to by Voice Vote.
05/25/1994SenateS.Amdt.1747 Amendment SP 1747 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
05/25/1994SenateS.Amdt.1747 Proposed by Senator Mitchell for Senator Rockefeller. To revise the services covered by the term "women's health services", to make discretionary the requirement that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs establish smoking areas in facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
05/25/1994SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S6432-6445)
09/08/1993SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 193.
09/08/1993SenateCommittee on Veterans. Reported to Senate by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. With written report No. 103-136. Minority views filed.
07/15/1993SenateCommittee on Veterans. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
06/23/1993SenateCommittee on Veterans. Hearings held.
05/26/1993SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans.
05/26/1993SenateSponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S6590-6591)

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Veterans' Affairs05/26/1993 Referred to
06/23/1993 Hearings by
07/15/1993 Markup by
09/08/1993 Reported by S.Rept 103-136
House Veterans' Affairs07/27/1994 Referred to

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Latest Summary (4)

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Passed Senate amended, 2nd occurrence (07/26/1994)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Women Veterans

Title II: General Health Care Services

Title III: Miscellaneous

Subtitle A: Education Debt Reduction Program

Subtitle B: Other Provisions

Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 1994 - Title I: Women Veterans - Amends the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 and Federal veterans' benefits provisions to: (1) authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide appropriate care and services to a veteran for sexual trauma; (2) direct the Secretary to give priority to the establishment and operation of a sexual trauma services program to provide care and services (currently, limited to counseling) for such trauma; (3) authorize the Secretary to provide care and services to a veteran pursuant to a contract with a qualified non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health professional or facility if VA facilities are incapable of furnishing such care and services to that veteran economically because of geographic inaccessibility; (4) extend through December 31, 1998, the authority of the VA to provide sexual trauma counseling, care, and services (counseling) at VA facilities, as well as through non-VA providers; (5) remove a requirement that veterans seek such counseling within a specified period after discharge; (6) remove the current one-year limit on the length of such counseling; (7) make the provision of such counseling equal in priority to the provision of VA outpatient services; (8) authorize the VA to provide such counseling to all veterans (currently, only women); and (9) require (currently, authorizes) a 24-hour toll-free telephone number for the provision of sexual trauma crisis counseling.

Modifies responsibilities of VA coordinators of women's services. Requires the Secretary to ensure that such coordinators are provided sufficient resources to carry out such responsibilities.

Incorporates specified "women's health services" into the definition of "medical services" provided by VA health-care facilities.

Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts to furnish women's health services on an outpatient basis. Requires the Secretary to include specified information in the VA's annual report to the Congress on health care and research relating to women veterans.

Directs the Secretary to foster research on specified matters as they relate to women, including breast cancer, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, depression, sexual violence, and exposure to toxic chemicals.

Prohibits mammograms from being performed at VA facilities not accredited for that purpose by a private nonprofit organization designated by the Secretary. Requires the Secretary to: (1) prescribe quality assurance and control standards relating to the performance and interpretation of mammograms and the use of mammogram equipment and facilities by VA personnel; (2) annually inspect the equipment and facilities utilized by and in VA health-care facilities; and (3) ensure that mammograms performed for the VA under contract with any non-VA facility or provider conform to such standards.

Title II: General Health Care Services - Extends the period of eligibility for medical care to veterans exposed to a toxic substance or radiation through December 31, 2003. Includes exposure to environmental hazards under such provision.

Makes Persian Gulf war veterans who were exposed during such service to a toxic substance or environmental hazard eligible for both inpatient and outpatient medical care for any disability through September 30, 2003.

Requires the Secretary to conduct a pilot program to: (1) assess the feasibility and desirability of furnishing hospice care services to terminally ill veterans; and (2) determine the most efficient and effective means of furnishing such services to such veterans. Authorizes appropriations.

Directs the Secretary to conduct a rural health-care clinic pilot program in States where significant numbers of veterans reside in areas geographically remote from existing health-care facilities. Authorizes appropriations.

Authorizes the VA to provide: (1) per diem payments to State homes for adult day health care services furnished to veterans who are eligible for such care under laws administered by the Secretary; and (2) grants to States for construction, remodeling, or expansion of State home facilities for purposes of furnishing adult day health care.

Amends the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 to authorize (current law requires) each VA medical facility to establish and maintain a suitable indoor smoking area for patients and residents.

Title III: Miscellaneous - Subtitle A: Education Debt Reduction Program - Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionals Education Debt Reduction Act - Directs the Secretary to carry out a Department of Veterans Affairs Education Debt Reduction Program to assist VA health-care personnel in reducing the amount of debt incurred in completing educational programs that qualify them for their positions. Sets forth program requirements. Authorizes appropriations.

Subtitle B: Other Provisions - Extends the VA's: (1) Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education through December 31, 1997; and (2) authority to maintain a regional office in the Philippines through September 30, 1995.