Summary: H.R.2707 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2707. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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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.