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Introduced in House (05/22/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5922


To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to increase access to hepatitis C testing for Vietnam-era veterans, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2018

Ms. Stefanik (for herself and Mr. Ryan of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to increase access to hepatitis C testing for Vietnam-era veterans, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Vietnam-Era Veterans Hepatitis C Testing Enhancement Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Pilot program to increase access to hepatitis C testing for Vietnam-era veterans.

(a) Establishment.—Beginning not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a one-year pilot program to make hepatitis C testing available to covered veterans at certain outreach events organized by veterans service organizations.

(b) Selection of Veteran Integrated Service Networks.—The Secretary shall select five Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department of Veterans Affairs in which to carry out the pilot program as follows:

(1) Two such networks that predominantly serve rural areas.

(2) Three such networks that predominantly serve urban areas.

(c) Termination date.—The pilot program described under subsection (a) shall terminate on the date that is one year after the date on which the Secretary begins to carry out such program.

(d) Automatic trigger.—If at least 350,000 veterans are tested for hepatitis C by the termination date described in subsection (c), the Secretary shall expand the program to all Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department not later than one year after the date on which the pilot program ends.

(e) Report to congress.—Not later than 180 days after the date on which the pilot program ends, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the pilot program that includes—

(1) the number of covered veterans tested for hepatitis C under the pilot program; and

(2) a list of resources needed to expand the pilot program to all Veterans Integrated Service Networks for the length of time necessary to test all covered veterans for hepatitis C.

(f) Covered veteran defined.—In this Act, the term “covered veteran” means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, and was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable, regardless of whether such person is enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs established under section 1705(a) of title 38, United States Code.

(g) Authorization of appropriations.—No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the express purpose of providing hepatitis C-related care.