H.R.4231 - Rural Veterans Health Care Access Act of 2007110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Kagen, Steve [D-WI-8] (Introduced 11/15/2007)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/16/2007 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4231 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (11/15/2007)
Rural Veterans Health Care Access Act of 2007 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary) to establish and implement a pilot program to provide mental health counseling services to eligible veterans at non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. Defines "eligible veteran" as one who: (1) served on active duty in support of a contingency operation; (2) is eligible to receive hospital care and medical services; (3) has been diagnosed with a mental health condition and recommended to receive mental health counseling; and (4) resides at least 30 miles from a VA medical facility that employs a full-time mental health professional. Requires the Secretary to issue to an eligible veteran a six-month supply of vouchers to be used to pay for counseling (including family counseling) services provided by the mental health provider.
Requires the Secretary to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the pilot program.