On June 18th, Congressman Runyan introduced H.R. 2423, the Disabled Veterans' Access to Medical Examinations Improvement Act, and it was considered as part of the Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) on June 24th.
H.R. 2423 seeks to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with private physicians to conduct medical disability examinations. Expanding contracting so that more civilian doctors are involved will ultimately help speed up the claims process so that veterans will have faster access to healthcare.
"This critical piece of legislation addresses one of the most serious issues facing our nation's veterans, the claims backlog," said Runyan. "The backlog is forcing our veterans to deal with too much bureaucratic red-tape to obtain the benefits they earned through their service to our country. H.R. 2423 speeds up the very first step vets have to go through to begin the claims process: undergoing their disability exam."
H.R.2423 will be marked up by the DAMA subcommittee, currently scheduled for July 17th.