Pending Health Care and Benefits Legislation

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Time: 02:30 PM Location: Russell Senate Office Building SR-418

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Agenda

Panel I

 

Thomas Lynch, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health Clinical Operations, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Accompanied by:

Vince Kane, Special Assistant to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Jennifer Gray, Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 Panel II

 

Lauren Augustine, Legislative Associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Lou Celli, Director, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, The American Legion

Elisha Harig-Blaine, Principal Associate, Housing (Veterans and Special Needs), National League of Cities

David Norris, National Legislative Committee Vice-Chairman, Veterans of Foreign Wars

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S. 717 (Donnelly/Ernst), to designate certain non-Department mental health care providers who treat members of the Armed Forces and veterans as providers who have particular knowledge relating to the provision of mental health care to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes.

S. 1676 (Tester), to increase the number of graduate medical education positions treating veterans, to improve the compensation of health care providers, medical directors, and directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

S. 1754 (Shaheen), to make permanent the temporary increase in number of judges presiding over the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and for other purposes.

S. 1885 (Blumenthal), to improve the provision of assistance and benefits to veterans who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or occupying temporary housing, and for other purposes.

S. 2013 (Feinstein/Boxer), to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into certain leases at the Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Campus in Los Angeles, California, and for other purposes.

S. 2022 (Graham), to increase the amount of special pension for Medal of Honor recipients, and for other purposes.

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Witnesses

  1. Mr. Thomas Lynch
    Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health Clinical Operations
    Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Ms. Lauren Augustine
    Senior Legislative Associate
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  3. Mr. Lou Celli
    Director, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division
    The American Legion
  4. Mr. Elisha Harig-Blaine
    Principal Associate, Housing (Veterans and Special Needs)
    National League of Cities
  5. Mr. David Norris
    National Legislative Committee Vice-Chairman
    Veterans of Foreign Wars

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