H.R.5333 - Expanding Access for Veterans' Service Animals Act113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Daines, Steve [R-MT-At Large] (Introduced 07/31/2014)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/15/2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5333 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (07/31/2014)
Expanding Access for Veterans' Service Animals Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) certified therapeutic animals should be provided the same access to facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as service animals, and (2) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should implement a certification process for therapeutic animals that mitigate the effects of a medically diagnosed mental health condition.
Bars the Secretary from prohibiting any service animal that is allowed to access VA medical facilities from accessing the room of a patient who is receiving inpatient care at such a facility, including with respect to staying overnight. Authorizes the Secretary to prescribe regulations to ensure the safety and health of VA employees, patients, and the public, including by requiring that a patient maintain responsibility for such animal.