S.544 - A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes.115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 03/07/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||04/19/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-26. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.544 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 115-26 (04/19/2017)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the Senate passed version is repeated here.)
(Sec. 1) This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to eliminate the August 7, 2017, sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program, thus allowing the program to operate until all of the money in the Veterans Choice Fund is expended.
(Sec. 2) The bill makes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the primary payer (currently the VA is the secondary payer) for medical care relating to non-service connected disabilities and recovery of costs from third parties for certain care under the program.
(Sec. 3) The VA may share medical information with a non-VA entity (including private entities and other federal agencies) that provides veterans with authorized hospital care or medical services. Such entity may not redisclose or use such information for a purpose other than that for which the disclosure was made.