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Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230; P.L. 113-146)

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230; P.L. 113-146)

Date: August 27, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.; Carey, Maeve P.; Dortch, Cassandria & Heisler, Elayne J.
Description: This report begins with a brief overview of the legislative history that lead up to the enactment of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-146), and discusses subsequent amendments to the act. The Act was largely in response to issues pertaining to delays in patient care and patient wait time manipulation at various Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system facilities.
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CRS Issue Statement on Veterans' Benefits

CRS Issue Statement on Veterans' Benefits

Date: January 13, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are the largest sustained ground combat missions undertaken by the United States since the Vietnam War. Over 1.7 million service members have been deployed to these two theaters of operation. Since FY2002, more than 1.0 million veterans have left active duty making them potentially eligible for benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Obama Administration has begun the process of drawing down forces from Iraq and surging the number of combat forces in Afghanistan. These factors will have a continued impact on VA health care, disability, education, vocational rehabilitation, employment and housing benefits. The 2nd Session of the 111th Congress will continue to focus on the treatment and compensation of this latest generation of veterans as well as aging veterans from previous conflicts.
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Department of Veteran Affairs: Information Security and Information Technology Management Reorganization

Department of Veteran Affairs: Information Security and Information Technology Management Reorganization

Date: August 14, 2006
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: On May 3, 2006, the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data analyst was burglarized, resulting in the theft of a laptop computer and an external data storage device that was reported to contain personal information on more than 26 million veterans and United States military personnel. The VA Secretary testified that he was not informed of the incident until May 16, 2006, almost two weeks after the data had been stolen. VA publicly announced the theft on May 22. On June 29, VA announced that the stolen laptop computer and external hard drive had been recovered intact and that, based on a forensic examination conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the files on the external hard drive had not been compromised.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: October 22, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Date: April 4, 2013
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), which is primarily a health insurance program where certain eligible dependents and survivors of veterans receive care from private sector health care providers. This report provides information regarding eligibility requirements, available benefits, and payment structures.
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Date: April 30, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides responses to frequently asked questions about health care provided to veterans through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It is intended to serve as a quick reference to provide easy access to information. Where applicable, it provides the legislative background pertaining to the question.
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Hurricane Katrina and Veterans

Hurricane Katrina and Veterans

Date: September 23, 2005
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief overview of steps currently taken by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Congress to address the needs of veterans in the affected areas.
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Improving Health Care Access for Veterans: H.R. 3230

Improving Health Care Access for Veterans: H.R. 3230

Date: July 16, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief comparison of the Senate ("Senate Bill") and House ("House Bill") provisions that would provide expanded authority to the VA to provide care to veterans through non-VA health care providers and facilities. This report compares only major provisions contained in Title III of the Senate version and Sections 2 and 3 of the House Version of H.R. 3230.
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TRICARE and VA Health Care: Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

TRICARE and VA Health Care: Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Date: September 30, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: The 111th Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and hereafter referred to as PPACA. This report addresses key questions concerning how PPACA affects the Department of Defense (DOD) TRICARE program and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care.
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Veterans' Health Care Issues in the 109th Congress

Veterans' Health Care Issues in the 109th Congress

Date: June 28, 2005
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: None
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Veterans Health Care: Project HERO Implementation

Veterans Health Care: Project HERO Implementation

Date: February 3, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report first provides a brief overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, followed by a overview of Project HERO (Healthcare Effectiveness through Resource Optimization). Second, it discusses the current fee basis care process, as well as the implementation of Project HERO. The report concludes with a discussion of observations on the implementation of Project HERO based on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Humana Veterans Healthcare Services (HVHS) perspectives.
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Veterans' Medical Care Appropriations and Funding Process

Veterans' Medical Care Appropriations and Funding Process

Date: December 27, 2004
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: None
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Veterans' Medical Care Funding: FY1995-FY2004

Veterans' Medical Care Funding: FY1995-FY2004

Date: January 14, 2005
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: None
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2006 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2006 Appropriations

Date: August 2, 2005
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: None
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2006 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2006 Appropriations

Date: January 17, 2006
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: None
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2007 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2007 Appropriations

Date: May 8, 2006
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: None
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: July 29, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief background on the veterans' health care system, followed by a discussion of the FY2009 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget request, and House and Senate Appropriation Committee action. The report concludes with a discussion of major VHA budget issues.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: September 22, 2008
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report provides a brief background on the veterans' health care system, followed by a discussion of the FY2009 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget request, and House and Senate Appropriations Committee action. The report concludes with a discussion of major VHA budget issues.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Date: July 27, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, one of which is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), on which this report focuses. This report will track the FY2011 appropriations process for funding VHA, and will be updated as legislative activities warrant.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Date: November 15, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, one of which is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), on which this report focuses. This report will track the FY2011 appropriations process for funding VHA, and will be updated as legislative activities warrant.
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Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 Appropriations

Date: March 21, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses the FY2011 appropriations process for funding the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans through three major operating units, including the VHA.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2012 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2012 Appropriations

Date: August 1, 2011
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report focuses on the VHA. The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system. Veterans generally must enroll in the VA health care system to receive medical care. Eligibility for enrollment is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income. VA provides free inpatient and outpatient medical care to veterans for service-connected conditions and to low-income veterans for nonservice-connected conditions.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2013 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2013 Appropriations

Date: May 6, 2013
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report focuses on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system.
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Veterans' Medical Care: FY2013 Appropriations

Veterans' Medical Care: FY2013 Appropriations

Date: May 8, 2012
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report focuses on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system.
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