Senate Bill 544
115th Congress(2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes.
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-26 on Apr 19, 2017
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Mar 7, 2017
Latest Action
Apr 19, 2017
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
544
Congress
115
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Passed
April 3, 2017
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.(text: CR S2163)
Summary

This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to eliminate the August 7, 2017, sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program, thus allowing the program to operate until all of the money in the Veterans Choice Fund is expended.

The bill makes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the primary payer (currently the VA is the secondary payer) for medical care relating to non-service connected disabilities and recovery of costs from third parties for certain care under the program.

The VA may share medical information with a non-VA entity (including private entities and other federal agencies) that provides veterans with authorized hospital care or medical services. Such entity may not redisclose or use such information for a purpose other than that for which the disclosure was made.

Text (3)
Actions (18)
04/19/2017
Became Public Law No: 115-26.
04/19/2017
Signed by President.
04/07/2017
Presented to President.
04/05/2017
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
04/05/2017
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H2722)
04/05/2017
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H2722)
04/05/2017
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 544.
04/05/2017
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2722-2726)
04/05/2017
Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
04/03/2017
Held at the desk.
04/03/2017
Received in the House.
04/03/2017
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
04/03/2017
Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote. (text: CR S2163)
04/03/2017
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.(text: CR S2163)
04/03/2017
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S2163-2164)
04/03/2017
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S2163-2164)
03/07/2017
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
03/07/2017
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Mar 8, 2017 5:28:21 AM
Updated
Sep 28, 2020 10:45:20 PM