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H.R.2661: Veterans Access to Timely Medical Appointments Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 8 (1 Democrat, 7 Republicans)
Introduced July 11, 2013
Latest Major Action March 27, 2014
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  • Bill introduced in the House   
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Bill Summary

Veterans Access to Timely Medical Appointments Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to implement a standardized policy to ensure that veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system are able to schedule: (1) primary care medical appointments within 7 days of the date requested, and (2) specialty care medical appointments within 14 days of the date requested.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) ensure that such policy will provide reliable data regarding the length of time that veterans are waiting for such appointments, (2) issue detailed guidance to the directors of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks to ensure the consistent implementation of such policy, (3) ensure that only VA employees who have completed required training are allowed to schedule medical appointments, and (4) assess the resources of each Network every 180 days to determine the Network's ability to meet such scheduling requirements.

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(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 27, 2014 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Aug. 2, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
July 11, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.