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Introduced in Senate (05/07/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3643


To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize certain postgraduate health care employees and health professions trainees of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide treatment via telemedicine, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 7, 2020

Mrs. Loeffler (for herself and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize certain postgraduate health care employees and health professions trainees of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide treatment via telemedicine, 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 “VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act”.

SEC. 2. Modification of licensure requirements for health care professionals providing treatment via telemedicine.

Section 1730C(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(b) Covered health care professionals.—For purposes of this section, a covered health care professional is any of the following individuals:

“(1) A health care professional who—

“(A) is an employee of the Department appointed under section 7306, 7401, 7405, 7406, or 7408 of this title or title 5;

“(B) is authorized by the Secretary to provide health care under this chapter;

“(C) is required to adhere to all standards for quality relating to the provision of health care in accordance with applicable policies of the Department; and

“(D) (i) has an active, current, full, and unrestricted license, registration, or certification in a State to practice the health care profession of the health care professional; or

“(ii) with respect to a health care profession listed under section 7402(b) of this title, has the qualifications for such profession as set forth by the Secretary.

“(2) A postgraduate health care employee who—

“(A) is appointed under section 7401(1), 7401(3), or 7405 of this title or title 5 for any category of personnel described in paragraph (1) or (3) of section 7401 of this title;

“(B) must obtain an active, current, full, and unrestricted license, registration, or certification or meet qualification standards set forth by the Secretary within a specified time frame; and

“(C) is under the clinical supervision of a health care professional described in paragraph (1).

“(3) A health professions trainee who—

“(A) is appointed under section 7405 or 7406 of this title; and

“(B) is under the clinical supervision of a health care professional described in paragraph (1).”.


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