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H.R.3508: To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the qualifications of hearing aid specialists of the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

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 Sean Duffy, R-Wis.
Total Cosponsors 22 (12 Democrats, 10 Republicans)
Introduced Nov. 15, 2013
Latest Major Action March 27, 2014
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Bill Summary

Authorizes the appointment of hearing aid specialists in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Requires an eligible person to: (1) hold an associate's degree in hearing instrument sciences or its equivalent from a college or university approved by the VA Secretary or have successfully completed an approved hearing aid specialist apprenticeship program, and (2) be licensed as a hearing aid specialist or its equivalent in a state.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) submit an annual report on timely access to hearing health services and on contracting policies with respect to providing hearing health services in non-VA facilities, and (2) update and reissue the VHA handbook entitled "VHA Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Services" to reflect the requirements of this Act.


(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 27, 2014 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Nov. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Nov. 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.