Pending Health and Benefits Legislation

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Time: 02:30 PM Location: Russell Senate Office Building SR-418

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Agenda

S. 290 (Moran), Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015

S. 563 (Moran/Tester), Physician Ambassadors Helping Veterans Act

S. 564 (Moran/Tester), Veterans Hearing Aid Access and Assistance Act

S. 1450 (Hirono), Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Medical Staffing Recruitment and Retention Act

S. 1451 (Hirono), Veterans’ Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015

S. 1460 (Brown/Tillis), Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act of 2015

S. 1693 (Hirono), a bill to expand eligibility for reimbursement for emergency medical treatment to certain veterans that were unable to receive care from the Department of Veterans Affairs in the 24-month period preceding the furnishing of such emergency treatment, and for other purposes.

S. 1856 (Blumenthal), a bill to provide for suspension and removal of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs for performance or misconduct that is a threat to public health or safety and to improve accountability of employees of the Department, and for other purposes.

S. 1938 (Blumenthal/Tillis), Career Ready Student Veterans Act

Discussion Draft, a bill to make improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to educational assistance, and for other purposes.

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WITNESS LIST

 

Panel I

 

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

Accompanied by:

Robert Worley, Director of Education Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Cathy Mitrano, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resource Management, Office of Human Resources and Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Susan Blauert, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Panel II

 

Joseph W. Wescott II, Legislative Director, National Association of State Approving Agencies

Roscoe G. Butler, Deputy Director for Health Care, The American Legion

Aleks Morosky, Deputy Director, National Legislative Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Donald F. Kettl, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

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Member Statements

  1. Senator Jerry Moran ( R - KS)

Witnesses

  1. Mr. Thomas Lynch
    Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health Clinical Operations
    Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Dr. Joseph W. Wescott II
    Legislative Director
    National Association of State Approving Agencies
  3. Mr. Roscoe G. Butler
    Deputy Director for Health Care
    The American Legion
  4. Mr. Aleks Morosky
    Deputy Director, National Legislative Service
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
  5. Mr. Donald F. Kettl
    Professor
    School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

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