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Introduced in House (02/06/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 874


To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that certain veterans receive in-patient psychiatric care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2017

Mr. Loebsack (for himself, Mr. Stivers, Mrs. Bustos, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Himes, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Barletta, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. O'Rourke, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Olson, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Delaney, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Sablan, Mr. Curbelo of Florida, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Jones, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Denham, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Valadao, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Paulsen, Mrs. Radewagen, Mr. Vela, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Soto, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Emmer, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Swalwell of California, and Mr. Katko) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that certain veterans receive in-patient psychiatric care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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 “Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act”.

SEC. 2. Provision of in-patient psychiatric care for veterans.

(a) In general.—Chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1720H the following new section:

§ 1720I. Provision of in-patient psychiatric care

“(a) Requirement To furnish care.—Except as provided by subsection (b), upon the request of a covered veteran, the Secretary shall furnish, or continue to furnish, to the covered veteran in-patient psychiatric care at the facility of the Department that—

“(1) is closest to where the veteran resides; and

“(2) has the capacity and capability to provide such care.

“(b) Non-Department facilities.— (1) If the Secretary determines, on a case-by-case basis, that a facility of the Department does not have the capability or capacity to furnish in-patient psychiatric care to a covered veteran pursuant to subsection (a), the Secretary shall furnish such care to such veteran at a non-Department facility.

“(2) For purposes of determining the rates of reimbursement for a non-Department facility that furnishes in-patient psychiatric care pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary shall treat such non-Department facility as a health care provider being reimbursed pursuant to section 101(d)(2) of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146).

“(c) Covered veteran defined.—In this section, the term ‘covered veteran’ means a veteran who is—

“(1) enrolled in the health care system established under section 1705(a) of this title; and

“(2) entitled to in-patient psychiatric care furnished by the Secretary under this chapter.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1720H the following new item:


“1720I. Provision of in-patient psychiatric care.”.


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