H.R. 5600, No Hero Left Untreated Act, as amended

H.R. 5600

No Hero Left Untreated Act, as amended

Date
November 29, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5600 was introduced by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) on June 28, 2016, and was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on September 21, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5600, as amended, requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a one year pilot program to treat a limited number of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, or opiate addiction or who have experienced military sexual trauma by using magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy. The bill also requires VA to submit a report on the pilot program.

Background

Magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy uses magnetic stimulation to help restore proper functioning in the brain. This therapy has proven effective in addressing symptoms of PTSD and TBI among veteran patients. For example, in a 2015 study run by the Brain Treatment Center, veteran patients experienced an almost fifty percent reduction in symptom severity after just two weeks of this therapy.

According to the bill sponsor, “Providing veterans with new and innovative technology to treat service related mental trauma is a top priority for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the No Hero Left Untreated Act is a positive step toward addressing that need. [The bill] would expand on a promising technology that could bring relief to our heroes.”[1]

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[1] See Rep. Steve Knight Press Release, “Knight Veterans Bill Passes Key Committee,” September 21, 2016.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing this bill would cost $1 million over the 2017-2021 period; that spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

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