S.2052 - Department of Veterans Affairs Billing Accountability Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 09/17/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/17/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2052 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (09/17/2015)
Department of Veterans Affairs Billing Accountability Act of 2015
This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to waive the requirement that a veteran make copayments for medications, hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services if:
- an error committed by the VA or a VA employee was the cause of delaying copayment notification to the veteran, and
- the veteran received such notification later than 120 days (18 months in the case of a non-VA facility) after the date on which the veteran received the care or services.
In requiring a veteran to make a copayment for care or services provided at a VA or a non-VA medical facility the VA shall notify the veteran not later than 120 days (18 months in the case of a non-VA facility) after the date on which the veteran received the care or services. If the VA does not provide notification by such date it may not collect the payment, including through a third-party entity, unless the veteran is provided with:
- information about applying for a waiver and establishing a payment plan with the VA, and
- opportunity to make a waiver or establish a payment plan.
The VA shall review and improve its copayment billing internal controls and notification procedures.