2203 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2203
To establish a pilot program under which veterans
in the State of Alaska may receive health care benefits from the Department of
Veterans Affairs at non-Department medical facilities, and for other purposes.IN
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 15, 2011
YOUNG of Alaska introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee
on Veterans' Affairs
a pilot program under which veterans in the State of Alaska may receive health
care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at non-Department medical
facilities, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted
by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Alaska Hero's Card Act of 2011'.
2. PILOT PROGRAM ON PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE TO VETERANS RESIDING IN ALASKA AT
NON-DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL FACILITIES.
General- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a pilot program to
assess the feasibility and advisability of carrying out a program by which a covered
veteran can, except as provided in subsection (f), receive necessary hospital
care or medical services for any condition at any hospital or medical facility
or from any medical provider eligible to receive payments under--
(1) the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.
1395 et seq.);
(2) the Medicaid program under title XIX
of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.);
(3) the TRICARE
(4) the Indian health program.
(b) Covered Veteran- For purposes of this section, a covered veteran is any veteran
(1) is entitled to hospital care or medical services
under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs;
(2) is located in the State of Alaska; and
at a location that is located in--
(B) a town, village, or other community
that is not accessible by motor vehicle (as defined in section 30102 of title
49, United States Code).
(c) Duration of Pilot- The
pilot program shall be carried out during the two-year period beginning on the
date of the enactment of this Act.
(d) Cost of Care and Service-
(1) IN GENERAL- The cost of any hospital care or medical service provided under
the pilot program shall be borne by the United States from amounts other than
amounts appropriated or otherwise made available for an Indian health program.
(2) NO BILLING OF VETERANS- The Secretary shall take measures to ensure that covered
veterans are not billed for the hospital care and medical services they receive
under the pilot program.
(e) Alaska Hero Card- In carrying
out the pilot program, the Secretary shall issue to each covered veteran a card
to be known as an `Alaska Hero Card' that such veteran may present to an authorized
provider to establish the covered veteran's eligibility for hospital care and
medical services under the pilot program.
(f) Authorized Providers-
The Secretary may establish a list of authorized providers from whom a covered
veteran may receive hospital care and medical services under the pilot program.
(g) Measures To Ensure Quality and Safety of Care-
GENERAL- The Secretary shall take such measures as may be necessary to ensure
that the quality and safety of care provided to veterans under the pilot program
is equal to or better than the quality and safety of care otherwise provided by
the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(2) SPECIFIC MEASURES-
The measures described in paragraph (1) may include requirements relating to the
(A) Credentialing and accreditation of
providers of hospital care or medical services.
(B) Timely reporting of access to care.
Timely reporting of clinical information to the Secretary.
(D) Reporting safety issues, patient complaints, and patient satisfaction.
(E) Robust quality programs, including peer review and compliance with industry
standards and requirements.
(3) PROVIDERS CERTIFIED
BY INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE- For purposes of the pilot program, the Secretary shall
consider the equality and safety of care provided by a provider described in subsection
(a)(2) who is certified by the Indian Health Service as a community health aide
pursuant to section 119 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1616l)
and who is providing services within the scope of such certification as being
equal to or better than the quality and safety of care otherwise provided by the
(h) Savings- Nothing in this section shall be
construed to limit any right of recovery available to an Indian health program
under the provisions of section 206 or 405(c) of the Indian Health Care Improvement
Act (25 U.S.C. 1621e and 1645(c)), or any other Federal or State law.
(i) Definitions- In this section:
(1) HOSPITAL CARE AND MEDICAL
SERVICES- The terms `hospital care' and `medical services' have the meanings given
such terms in section 1701 of title 38, United States Code.
(2) INDIAN HEALTH PROGRAM- The term `Indian health program' has the meaning given
such term in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603).
(3) SERVICE-CONNECTED- The term `service-connected' has the meaning given such
term in section 101 of such title.
(4) TRICARE PROGRAM-
The term `TRICARE program' has the meaning given such term in section 1072 of
title 10, United States Code.