To eliminate the sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for such program, and to extend certain operating hours for pharmacies and medical facilities of the Department, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Care Veterans Deserve Act of 2017

This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to
make the Veterans Choice Program permanent. 

Program eligibility is expanded to include veterans with a 50% service-connected

The VA shall contract with a national chain of walk-in clinics to provide
hospital care and medical services in such clinics to veterans who are in the
annual patient enrollment system. 

A veteran shall not be required to: (1) obtain pre-authorization for such care,
or (2) pay a copayment to the clinic or to the VA. 

Such national chain shall establish an automated system to provide the VA with
weekly information on veterans receiving hospital care or medical services. 

A covered health care professional may practice his or her health care
profession at any location in any state, regardless of where such health care
professional or the patient is located, if the health care professional is using
telemedicine to treat an individual. 

Such treatment is permitted regardless of whether the professional or patient is
located in a federally-owned facility. 

"Covered health care professional" means a health care professional who is: (1)
authorized by the VA to provide health care, including a private health care
professional who provides such care under a VA contract or agreement; and (2)
licensed, registered, or certified in a state to practice his or her health care

The VA shall: 

 * extend the operating hours for each VA pharmacy to include weekday evenings
   until until 8:00 p.m., weekends, and federal holidays; and 
 * contract with qualifying physicians and nurses to work at VA medical
   facilities during nights and weekends. 

The VA may: (1) hire support staff in connection with such extended operating
hours, and (2) provide for a a nongovernmental hospital organization
best-practices peer review of each VA medical center.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

    Mar 3rd, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017