H.R.1715 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs to recover from third parties costs of medical care furnished to veterans and other persons by the Department.108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 04/10/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 05/15/2003 Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 1715 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1715 To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs to recover from third parties costs of medical care furnished to veterans and other persons by the Department. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 10, 2003 Mr. Smith of New Jersey (for himself and Mr. Evans) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs to recover from third parties costs of medical care furnished to veterans and other persons by the Department. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. RECOVERY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OF COSTS OF CERTAIN HEALTH CARE SERVICES. (a) Scope of Recovery Authority.--Subsection (i) of section 1729 of title 38, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking clause (i) and redesignating clauses (ii), (iii), and (iv) as clauses (i), (ii), and (iii), respectively; and (2) in paragraph (3)-- (A) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) through (D) as subparagraphs (B) through (E), respectively; and (B) by inserting before subparagraph (B), as so redesignated, the following new subparagraph (A): ``(A) a department or agency of the United States other than the Department;''. (b) Conforming Amendments.--Subsection (a)(1) of such section is amended-- (1) by inserting ``(A)'' after ``if''; (2) by inserting ``, or (B) the person had incurred a legal liability to pay for such care or services'' before the period; and (3) by inserting at the end the following new sentence: ``The preceding sentence applies notwithstanding any other provision of law, other than a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this sentence that is expressly stated as an exception or limitation to this section.''. (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall apply only with respect to care and services furnished under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. <all>