Summary: S.1908 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/19/1994)


Title I: Study of Claims Adjudication

Title II: Improvements to Claims Adjudication

Title III: Miscellaneous

Veterans' Claims Adjudication Improvement Act of 1994 - Title I: Study of Claims Adjudication - Directs the U.S. Administrative Conference to carry out a study of the Department of Veterans Affairs system for the disposition of claims for veterans' benefits, with a purpose of enhancing the efficiency of the process and expedient disposition of claims. Requires: (1) Conference consultation with non-Department entities such as veterans service organizations and other veteran representatives; and (2) cooperation by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in providing information required for such study. Requires reports. Authorizes appropriations.

Title II: Improvements to Claims Adjudication - Authorizes (current law requires) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to receive annual income verification information before granting or continuing veterans' pension benefits. Directs the Secretary to accept from a claimant a photocopy of a document as proof of the existence of a marriage, the birth of a child, or the death of a family member. Authorizes a physician employed by the Veterans Health Administration to accept from a private physician of a claimant a medical examination report if such report contains sufficient clinical data to support the diagnosis or degress of a disability. Directs the Secretary to report to specified congressional committees on the status of an agreement with the Secretary of Defense for the immediate transfer from the Department of Defense of a member's medical records upon separation from active duty.

Title III: Miscellaneous - Amends the Veterans' Dioxin and Radiation Exposure Compensation Standards Act to state that regulations required under such Act may not prohibit a veteran from establishing service connection for a disease or disability that the veteran claims to be a result of exposure to ionizing radiation during a period of military service.

Directs the Secretary to take appropriate actions to determine whether the injury of any veteran as a result of medical treatment was the result of medical malpractice by the Department of Veterans Affairs and, if so, to provide appropriate compensation.