S.1908 - Veterans' Claims Adjudication Improvement Act of 1994103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Rockefeller, John D., IV [D-WV] (Introduced 03/08/1994)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs | House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||S.Rept 103-280|
|Latest Action:||House - 10/07/1994 See H.R.5244. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1908 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)
Passed Senate amended (08/19/1994)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
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.