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Short Titles as Introduced

Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to include in the Veterans Choice Program all veterans enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
12/14/2017Introduced in House

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Date All Actions
12/14/2017Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
12/14/2017Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
12/14/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs12/14/2017 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health12/14/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in House (12/14/2017)

Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017

This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to provide access to hospital care and medical services in non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for all veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system. (Currently, such access is based upon appointment wait times and distance from, or existence of, VA facilities.)

The VA shall: (1) establish a pilot program to expedite the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) process for bringing on a medical provider after such person is offered a tentative VHA position (onboarding), (2) give priority to medical facilities facing hiring shortages of licensed independent medical providers, and (3) submit to Congress a strategy for reducing the length of the medical provider hiring process by half.

The bill requires that certain personal information be transmitted to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the applicable state licensing board whenever a major adverse action based upon performance or conduct is taken against certain VHA health care employees.