H.R.2475 - Veterans Health Care Full Funding Act108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 06/16/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||07/24/2003 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2475 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/16/2003)
Veterans Health Care Full Funding Act - Requires each fiscal year budget submitted to Congress by the President to include requests for amounts for veterans health care programs. Requires amounts appropriated for such programs to be available for two consecutive fiscal years.
Establishes the Veterans Health Care Funding Review Board within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Directs the Board, beginning with FY 2005, to determine the level of funding needed for such programs for that fiscal year and the next and to publish such determination in the Federal Register. Outlines veterans' health care needs factors to be considered by the Board in arriving at such determination.
Repeals requirements for certain congressional notifications in connection with a funding request for a Department major medical facility project or lease.
Provides a 30-day standard for access to medical care for veterans seeking primary or specialized care, as measured from: (1) the time the veteran contacts the Department seeking an appointment until the date a visit is completed (primary care); and (2) the date on which the veteran is referred to a specialist until the date a visit is completed (specialty care). Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop a standard of waiting time during a visit and to periodically review the performance of Department facilities compared to that standard.