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Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act

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Mr Saunders for himself introduces with thanks to Mr Cartwright...

 

A BILL

 

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for unlimited eligibility for health care for mental illnesses for veterans of combat service during certain periods of hostilities and war.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

 

This Act may be cited as the “Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act”.

 

SEC. 2. UNLIMITED ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH CARE FOR MENTAL ILLNESSES FOR VETERANS OF COMBAT SERVICE DURING CERTAIN PERIODS OF HOSTILITIES AND WAR.

 

(a) Eligibility.—Section 1710(e)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(G) Notwithstanding paragraphs (2) and (3), a veteran who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations (as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense) during World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam Era, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or any other period of war after the Persian Gulf War, or in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities (as defined in section 1712A(a)(2)(B) of this title), is eligible for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care under subsection (a)(2)(F) for any mental illness, notwithstanding that there is insufficient medical evidence to conclude that such illness is attributable to such service.”.

(b) Effective Date.—Subparagraph (G) of section 1710(e)(1) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care provided on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

 

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This bill makes veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations eligible for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for any mental illness through the Department of Veterans Affairs, notwithstanding insufficient medical evidence to conclude that the mental illness is attributable to such service.

 

 

 

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                                                                                                                   Debate on this bill will last till cloture is invoked

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Mr. President,

I object to unanimous consent. I have no opposition to this bill and hope to see it passes, but under current Senate rules it is out of format (OOC: not Senate rules, just standing game rules regarding Plain English Summaries) and this should be fixed before we pass it into the legal code.

I yield. 

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27 minutes ago, Old Ironsides said:

Mr. President,

I object to unanimous consent. I have no opposition to this bill and hope to see it passes, but under current Senate rules it is out of format (OOC: not Senate rules, just standing game rules regarding Plain English Summaries) and this should be fixed before we pass it into the legal code.

I yield. 

 

Fixed.

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The House approves the bill on a voice vote after a one-sided debate in which numerous members of both parties argue in support.

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Mr. President,

 

The following bill has passed in both houses of Congress, and is presented for your signature.

 

/s/ Pete Sessions, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

/s/ Osiris Storm, President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate

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