Text: H.R.1623 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

There is one version of the bill.

Bill text available as:

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (04/18/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1623

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make publicly available certain information about pending and completed claims for compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 18, 2013

Mrs. Negrete McLeod (for herself, Mr. Cook, Mr. Ruiz, and Ms. Kuster) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make publicly available certain information about pending and completed claims for compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “VA Claims Efficiency Through Information Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Public availability of certain information about pending and completed claims for compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

(a) In general.—Subchapter I of chapter 51 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 5109C. Information about pending and completed claims

“(a) Availability of information.—The Secretary shall maintain on the Internet website of the Department publicly accessible information about pending and completed claims for compensation under chapter 11 of this title. Such information shall include each of the following:

“(1) For each regional office—

“(A) the average number of days between the date of the submittal of a claim and the date of the decision with respect to the claim for each of the preceding 3-month and one-year period;

“(B) the average number of days such a claim is pending during the preceding 3-month and one-year periods;

“(C) the quality and accuracy rating of the claims adjudication process during the preceding 3-month and one-year periods;

“(D) the number of claims pending;

“(E) the number of pending claims that have been pending for more than 125 days; and

“(F) the number of claims completed during—

“(i) the current month, to date;

“(ii) the month preceding current month;

“(iii) the current calendar year, to date; and

“(iv) the calendar year preceding the current calendar year; and

“(2) For each medical condition for which a claim for compensation is submitted—

“(A) the average number of days between the date of the submittal of a claim relating to such medical condition and the date of the decision with respect to the claim for each of the preceding 3-month and one-year period;

“(B) the average number of days such a claim is pending during the preceding 3-month and one-year periods;

“(C) the quality and accuracy rating of the claims adjudication process as applied to claims relating to such medical condition during the preceding 3-month and one-year periods;

“(D) the number of pending claims relating to such condition;

“(E) the number of such pending claims that have been pending for more than 125 days; and

“(F) the number of claims relating to such medical condition completed during—

“(i) the current month, to date;

“(ii) the month preceding current month;

“(iii) the current calendar year, to date; and

“(iv) the calendar year preceding the current calendar year.

“(b) Updates.—The Secretary shall update the information on the website under subsection (a) not less frequently than once every seven days.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to such subchapter the following new item:


“5109C. Information about pending and completed claims.”.