H.R.2707 - Ensuring Fair Access to Veterans Healthcare Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 05/25/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 05/25/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.2707 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (05/25/2017)
Ensuring Fair Access to Veterans Healthcare Act
This bill establishes in the Veterans Health Administration an Office of the Ombudsman, which shall:
- investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of patients receiving medical care or hospital services at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility (covered patients) that relate to action, inaction, or decisions made by VA employees that may adversely affect such patients;
- assist covered patients in finding patient advocates, veterans service organizations, or other similar entities to advocate for their health, safety, welfare, and rights;
- ensure that covered patients have regular and timely access to Office services;
- administer the reporting system provided for by this Act; and
- provide training to local ombudsmen and volunteers.
The Office shall establish a reporting system to collect and analyze complaint data in order to determine how to resolve significant VA medical facility problems.
Each VA medical facility shall have a local ombudsman responsible for carrying out the duties of the Office at such location.