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Titles (3)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

VET Act
Veterans Emergency Treatment Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the emergency hospital care furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to certain veterans.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
01/12/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (4)

Date All Actions
02/03/2017Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
01/12/2017Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
01/12/2017Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E58)
Action By: House of Representatives
01/12/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (19)


Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs01/12/2017 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health02/03/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in House (01/12/2017)

Veterans Emergency Treatment Act or the VET Act

This bill requires that a veteran enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care program who requests a medical examination or treatment at an emergency department of a VA medical facility be provided with a medical screening examination to determine whether an emergency medical condition exists and, if so, stabilizing medical treatment or a transfer to another VA or non-VA medical facility.

If a non-stabilized emergency medical condition exists, the VA hospital may not transfer the veteran unless: (1) the veteran, after being made aware of the risks, makes a written transfer request; or (2) a physician (or a qualified medical person if a physician is not present) certifies that the medical benefits of a transfer outweigh the risks.

The VA may not take adverse action against a VA employee because the employee refuses to authorize the transfer of an enrolled veteran with a non-stabilized emergency medical condition or because the employee reports a violation of a requirement of this bill.

A VA or non-VA medical facility may not delay provision of an appropriate medical screening examination or further medical examination and treatment required in order to inquire about the payment method or insurance status of an enrolled veteran.