To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consider the best interest of the veteran when determining whether the veteran should receive certain contracted health care, to amend the Wounded Warrior Act to improve access to certain medical care for former members of the Armed Forces with severe injuries or illnesses, 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 ``Veterans Health Access Act''.
SEC. 2. DETERMINATION OF CONTRACT CARE AUTHORITY FOR HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF VETERANS.
Section 1703 of title 38, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``When Department facilities'' and everything that follows through ``required,'' and inserting ``In any case described in subsection (e)(1),''; and (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(e) Eligibility.--(1) A case described in this paragraph is any case-- ``(A) when Department facilities are not capable of furnishing-- ``(i) economical hospital care or medical services because of geographical inaccessibility; or ``(ii) the care or services required; or ``(B) in which a physician of the Department determines that it is in the best interest of a veteran to receive hospital or medical services furnished in a non-Department facility in accordance with subsection (a). ``(2) The Secretary shall determine whether or not to furnish to a veteran care or services in a non-Department facility pursuant...