S 1147

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1147

To amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 and title 38, United States Code, to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 6, 2011

Mr. BLUMENTHAL (for himself, Mr. MORAN, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, and Mr. GRASSLEY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 and title 38, United States Code, to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. PROGRAM FOR PROVISION OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND SERVICES TO VETERANS.

    Section 204(c) of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 (38 U.S.C. 1710 note) is amended--

      (1) by inserting `(1)' before `The program'; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

    `(2) The program shall be carried out at not fewer than 75 medical centers by not later than December 31, 2012, and at all medical centers by not later than December 31, 2014.'.

SEC. 3. EXPANDED CHIROPRACTOR SERVICES AVAILABLE TO VETERANS.

    (a) Medical Services- Paragraph (6) of section 1701 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

      `(H) Chiropractic services.'.

    (b) Rehabilitative Services- Paragraph (8) of such section is amended by inserting `chiropractic,' after `counseling,'.

    (c) Preventive Health Services- Paragraph (9) of such section is amended--

      (1) by redesignating subparagraphs (F) through (K) as subparagraphs (G) through (L), respectively; and

      (2) by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following new subparagraph (F):

      `(F) periodic and preventative chiropractic examinations and services;'.

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