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Veterans Comprehensive Hepatitis C Health Care Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a comprehensive program for testing and treatment of veterans for the Hepatitis C virus.

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01/07/2003Introduced in House

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02/20/2003Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
01/07/2003Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/07/2003Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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House Veterans' Affairs01/07/2003 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health02/20/2003 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/07/2003)

Veterans Comprehensive Hepatitis C Health Care Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, during the first year after the enactment of this Act, to provide a blood test for the Hepatitis C virus to: (1) each veteran who served on active military duty during the Vietnam era, or who is considered to be "at risk," and who is enrolled to receive veterans' medical care and requests such care or is otherwise receiving a physical examination or any other care or treatment from the Secretary; and (2) any other veteran who requests such test. Requires the Secretary, after such period, to provide such test to any veteran who requests it. Requires the Secretary to provide followup tests and appropriate treatment for any veteran who tests positive. Prohibits a copayment from being charged for such treatment.

Provides funding for Department Hepatitis C detection and treatment programs, beginning with FY 2004.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop and implement a standardized Department policy with respect to such virus; and (2) annually take appropriate outreach actions to notify untested veterans.

Directs the Secretary to establish at least one and no more than three additional Hepatitis C centers of excellence within the Department health care network. Provides funding.