Text: H.R.2994 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/23/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2994


To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each wheelchair, furnished to a veteran because of a service-connected disability, restores the maximum achievable mobility in the activities of daily life, employment, and recreation, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2019

Mr. King of Iowa (for himself and Mr. Grothman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each wheelchair, furnished to a veteran because of a service-connected disability, restores the maximum achievable mobility in the activities of daily life, employment, and recreation, 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 “Restoring Maximum Mobility to Our Nation’s Veterans Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Wheelchairs for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

(a) Definition.—Section 1701 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(11) The term ‘wheelchair’ includes enhanced power wheelchairs, multi-environmental wheelchairs, track wheelchairs, stair-climbing wheelchairs, and other power-driven mobility devices.”.

(b) Enhanced wheelchairs.—Section 1712(c) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking “Dental” and inserting “(1) Dental”;

(2) by striking “section” and inserting “title”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(2) The Secretary shall ensure that each wheelchair, furnished under this title to a veteran because of a service-connected disability, restores the maximum achievable mobility and function in the activities of daily life, employment, and recreation. The Secretary may furnish a wheelchair to a veteran because the wheelchair restores an ability that relates exclusively to participation in a recreational activity.”.


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