Veterans Bills Approved Include the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, a Cost of Living Increase for Veterans Disability Payments and a bill that would require VA to report on the acceptance of private medical evidence submitted by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of a veterans’ claims.
On May 23, 2017, the House of Representatives approved the following bills that would improve veterans’ benefits and claims delivery. These measures address some of DAV’s key legislative priorities and are all in line with DAV resolutions.
DAV strongly supports H.R. 1329, a bill that would provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for veterans and their families and survivors in receipt of compensation benefits. DAV Resolution No. 013 supports legislation to provide a realistic cost-of-living allowance for our nation’s disabled veterans, their dependents and survivors.
DAV strongly supports H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. This legislation would give veterans more options to have adverse claims decisions reviewed by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) or the Board of Veterans Appeals. It also affords opportunities to present new evidence to bolster their claims. DAV Resolution No. 222 calls on Congress and VBA to support significant and meaningful claims and appeals processing reform.
DAV supports H.R. 1725, a measure that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide detailed reports to Congress on the acceptance, and use of private medical evidence submitted by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of a veteran’s claims. DAV Resolution No. 230 seeks the enactment of legislation that would require VA to consider private medical evidence supplied by licensed private health care providers.
DAV strongly supports H.R. 1005, legislation that would improve the payments to state veterans’ homes offering medically based adult day health care services as an alternative to nursing care to eligible veterans. DAV Resolution No. 127 supports state veterans homes as the most cost-effective nursing care option available for veterans.
In testimony, DAV supported the intent of H.R. 467, a bill that would require VA medical centers to comply with regulations and directives pertaining to scheduling medical care appointments for veterans.
Finally, the House passed H.R. 1162, a bill that would authorize a pilot program to offer veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, chronic pain, and opiate addiction EKG/EEG-guided resonance therapy. Although DAV has no specific resolution on this measure, we expressed support of complementary and alternative treatments in testimony, in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 244.
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