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Public Law No: 117-4 (03/24/2021)

 
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Public Law 117-4
117th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish COVID-19 
 vaccines to certain individuals, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Mar. 
                       24, 2021 -  [H.R. 1276]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Strengthening 
and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and 
Every Spouse Act. 38 USC 1701 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Strengthening and Amplifying 
Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and Every Spouse 
Act'' or the ``SAVE LIVES Act''.
SEC. 2. AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO FURNISH 
                    COVID-19 VACCINE TO CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS NOT 
                    ENROLLED IN PATIENT ENROLLMENT SYSTEM OF 
                    DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may furnish a 
vaccine for COVID-19 to a covered individual during the COVID-19 public 
health emergency.
    (b) Prioritization.--In furnishing vaccines for COVID-19 under the 
laws administered by the Secretary, the Secretary shall--
            (1) prioritize the vaccination of veterans who are enrolled 
        in the patient enrollment system, veterans who receive hospital 
        care and medical services pursuant to subsection (c)(2) of 
        section 1705 of title 38, United States Code, and accompanying 
        caregivers of such veterans before the vaccination of covered 
        individuals not otherwise described in this paragraph; and
            (2) only furnish vaccines for COVID-19 to covered 
        individuals under this section to the extent that such vaccines 
        are available.

    (c) Timing of Vaccines Provided to Spouses of Veterans.--The 
Secretary may determine the timing for offering a vaccine for COVID-19 
to the spouse of a veteran from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    (d) Vaccine Allocation.--It is the sense of Congress that, to the 
extent practicable based on the current national supply chain, the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services should adjust the allocation for 
the Department of Veterans Affairs for the vaccine for COVID-19 based on 
the additional eligibility of covered individuals under this section.
    (e) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Accompanying caregiver.--The term ``accompanying 
        caregiver'' means a caregiver described in subparagraph (D), 
        (E), or (F) of paragraph (2) who is accompanying a veteran who 
        is receiving a vaccine for COVID-19 furnished by the Department.

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            (2) Covered individual.--The term ``covered individual'' 
        means any of the following individuals:
                    (A) A veteran who is not eligible to enroll in the 
                patient enrollment system.
                    (B) A veteran who is eligible for care under section 
                1724 of title 38, United States Code.
                    (C) A beneficiary under section 1781 of such title.
                    (D) A family caregiver of a veteran participating in 
                the program of comprehensive assistance for family 
                caregivers under section 1720G(a) of such title.
                    (E) A caregiver of a veteran participating in the 
                program of general caregiver support services under 
                section 1720G(b) of such title.
                    (F) A caregiver of a veteran participating in the 
                Medical Foster Home Program, Bowel and Bladder Program, 
                Home Based Primary Care Program, or Veteran Directed 
                Care Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
                    (G) A spouse of a veteran.
            (3) Covered public health emergency.--The term ``covered 
        public health emergency'' means an emergency with respect to 
        COVID-19 declared by a Federal, State, or local authority.
            (4) COVID-19.--The term ``COVID-19'' means the coronavirus 
        disease 2019.
            (5) Patient enrollment system.--The term ``patient 
        enrollment system'' means the system of annual patient 
        enrollment of the Department of Veterans Affairs established and 
        operated under section 1705(a) of title 38, United States Code.
            (6) Veteran.--The term ``veteran'' has the meaning given 
        that term in section 101(2) of title 38, United States Code.

    Approved March 24, 2021.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1276:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 167 (2021):
            Mar. 9, considered and passed House.
            Mar. 17, considered and passed Senate, amended.
            Mar. 19, House concurred in Senate amendment.

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