Text: H.R.3281 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/21/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3281


To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out demonstration projects related to providing care for veterans in rural areas.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 21, 2009

Mr. Rodriguez introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out demonstration projects related to providing care for veterans in rural areas.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Demonstration projects on alternatives for expanding care for veterans in rural areas.

(a) In General.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, through the Director of the Office of Rural Health, shall carry out demonstration projects to examine the feasibility and advisability of alternatives for expanding care for veterans in rural areas, including the following:

(1) Establishing a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate care for veterans in rural areas at critical access hospitals (as designated or certified under section 1820 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i–4)).

(2) Establishing a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate care for veterans in rural areas at community health centers.

(3) Expanding coordination between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service to expand care for Indian veterans.

(b) Geographic Distribution.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that the demonstration projects carried out under subsection (a) are located at facilities that are geographically distributed throughout the United States.

(c) Report.—Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit a report on the results of the demonstration projects conducted under subsection (a) to—

(1) the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and

(2) the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

(d) Authorization of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated $350,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2011 to carry out this section.