Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Passed House amended (07/21/2003)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on July 10, 2003. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2003 - Authorizes the appointment of, and provision of medical care by, chiropractors within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Includes chiropractors within VHA provisions concerning: (1) qualifications of appointees, periods of appointment, and pay grades; (2) temporary and part-time appointments; (3) residencies and internships; (4) malpractice and negligence protection; (5) treatment as scarce medical specialists for contracting purposes; (6) reimbursement for continuing professional education expenses; and (7) collective bargaining exemptions.

Directs (current law authorizes) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish hospital and nursing home care and medical services for any illness or injury that is a service-connected disability of any Commonwealth Army veteran or new Philippine Scout who: (1) is residing in the United States; and (2) is a citizen or lawfully admitted alien for permanent residence. Requires the Secretary to certify to the congressional veterans' committees, for each fiscal year, that sufficient resources are available to provide such care and services.