S.2193 - Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA] (Introduced 12/05/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 115-212|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/07/2018 By Senator Isakson from Committee on Veterans' Affairs filed written report. Report No. 115-212. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2193 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/05/2017)
Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017
This bill establishes a Veterans Community Care Program to furnish hospital care, medical services, and extended care services to covered veterans through non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care providers under specified circumstances. This program replaces the Veterans Choice Program.
The VA shall develop: (1) an education program for veterans about their VA health care options, (2) processes to ensure safe opioid prescribing practices by non-VA health care providers; and (3) criteria to designate VA medical centers, ambulatory care facilities, and community based outpatient clinics as underserved facilities.
The bill: (1) modifies the definitions of medical facility, major medical facility project, and major medical facility lease; and (2) establishes specified pilot programs.
The VA family caregiver program is expanded.
The VA shall implement a new information technology system.