House Passes Package of Bills to Support Veterans

May 21, 2018
Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a package of 14 bills to improve the quality of care and service that veterans receive.
 
LaMalfa said: “When our veterans return home or complete their service to country, we have to make sure they’re getting the best treatment possible. That’s why the House passed an important package of bills that will significantly improve the quality of care our veterans are receiving. Whether that’s modernizing outdated systems, simplifying a complicated bureaucracy, better monitoring opioid abuse, or providing assistance to disabled or homeless veterans – all of these bills are important in their own right. This Congress is committed to improving the lives of our veterans in any way that we can, and these bills are the latest in our continued efforts to do so.”
 
Highlights of the veterans legislation passed in the House today include:
 
  • H.R. 1972, the VA Billing Accountability Act – Authorizes VA to waive copayment requirements when the veteran is not billed in a timely manner.
  • H.R. 3642, the Military SAVE Act – Would require VA to carry out a pilot program to furnish community care to veterans who have experienced MST.
  • H.R. 3832, the Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act – Would allow for the greater sharing of information between VA and State-based prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • H.R. 4245, the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act – Would strengthen Congressional oversight of VA EHR modernization program.
  • H.R. 4334, the Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act – Would require VA to submit reports on access to gender-specific care in the community and environment of care standards for women veterans.
  • H.R. 4451, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act – This bill would reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) as well as the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Reintegration Grant Program (HVRP-W) for five years. The bill would also clarify eligibility for both programs to include incarcerated veterans and veterans using a HUD-VASH voucher.
  • H.R. 4830, the SIT-REP Act – This bill would require that in order for a school or training program to be approved for GI Bill benefits they must adopt a policy that disallows the school or training program from imposing a late fee, denial of access to facilities or other penalty against the veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment from VA. This would only apply if the payments have not been received within 90 days of the beginning of the term and the Secretary would have the authority to waive this requirement.  This bill would also include a technical changes to the Forever GI Bill that would allow Chapter 35 participants.
  • H.R. 4958, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 – Would provide COLA for veterans’ disability, additional compensation for dependents, DIC, and clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans.
  • H.R. 5044, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act – This bill would address a technical issue that has arisen from legislation that was passed last Congress related to rules for surviving spouses’ ability to claim service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) status for the Vets First contracting program. 
  • H.R. 5215, the Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act – Would strengthen controls over government purchase card misuse.
  • H.R. 5418, the Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act – Would reform the VA med/surg prime vendor purchase program.  
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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