H.R. 4352, Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016

H.R. 4352

Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016

Sponsor
Rep. Seth Moulton

Date
December 6, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the House will consider the H.R.4352, the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4352 was introduced on January 8, 2016, by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4352 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a pilot program for veterans to self-schedule medical appointments online, in at least three Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs).

Background

Self-scheduling technologies that allow individuals to schedule medical appointments online have been successful in the private sector by reducing the number of missed or cancelled appointments and saving our health system money and creating a better experience for patients and doctors. H.R. 4352 requires the VA to develop a pilot program to allow veterans to use this technology at VA medical facilities.

According to the bill sponsor, “For far too long, our nation’s veterans have been underserved by inefficient and outdated systems. I get my care from the VA and I’ve waited hours for appointments and months for referrals. It doesn’t have to be this way. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to utilize the technology available to the private sector. Improving access to healthcare through a platform like this would ensure that our veterans will get the best care when they need it.”[1]

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[1] See Rep. Seth Moulton Press Release, “Congressman Seth Moulton Introduces the Faster Care for Veterans Act,” January 14, 2016.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently not available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.