Summary

                            A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to allow the Indian Health Service to cover the cost of a copayment of an Indian or Alaska Native veteran receiving medical care or services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act

This bill amends the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to permit the Indian
Health Service (IHS) to pay copayments owed to the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) by Indian veterans for medical services authorized under the
Purchased/Referred Care program and administered at a VA facility.

The IHS, the VA, and tribal health programs, in consultation with impacted
tribes, must enter into a memorandum of understanding that authorizes the IHS or
a tribal health program to pay such copayments unless it would decrease the
quality of, or access to, health care for individuals receiving care from the
IHS or the VA.

The IHS and the VA must report on veterans who are eligible for IHS assistance
and have received care from the VA.

Reported to Senate without amendment
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been
expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to permit the
Indian Health Service (IHS) to pay copayments owed to the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) by Indian veterans for medical services authorized under the
Purchased/Referred Care program and administered at a VA facility.

(Sec. 3) The IHS, the VA, and tribal health programs, in consultation with
impacted tribes, must enter into a memorandum of understanding that authorizes
the IHS or a tribal health program to pay such copayments unless it would
decrease the quality of, or access to, health care for individuals receiving
care from the IHS or the VA.

The IHS and the VA must report on veterans who are eligible for IHS assistance
and have received care from the VA.



                        

Actions

  • An errata sheet on written report No. 115-112 was printed. (text: <a href="https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-115srpt112/pdf/CRPT-115srpt112-ERRATA.pdf">115S.Rept.112 errata</a>)

    Jun 15th, 2017
  • Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 149.

    Jun 15th, 2017
  • Committee on Indian Affairs. Reported by Senator Hoeven without amendment. With written report No. 115-112. Minority views filed.

    Jun 15th, 2017
  • Committee on Indian Affairs. Reported by Senator Hoeven without amendment. With written report No. 115-112. Minority views filed.

    Jun 15th, 2017
  • Committee on Indian Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

    Mar 29th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

    Feb 3rd, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Feb 3rd, 2017