Section 1 Name of Sponsor ofthe bill: John CarterSponsor serves in theHouse or Senate: HouseYear Elected toOffice: 2002Name of the Committeethat Bill has moved through: House Veterans’ Affairs Health & SenateVeterans’ AffairsOverview of the Bill:This Bill would change the Choice program and it would allow the Department ofVeterans Affairs to take care of any citizen weather in the armed forces or notto be able to provide a solid organ for a Veteran in need of one.
Under currentpolicy veterans would not qualify for a solid Organ transplant or being takencare of by the VA if the person providing such Organ was not a Veteran. Section 2 The title for this Bill, “H.R.
1133: Veterans TransplantCoverage Act of 2017″ matches the description provided under the summary tab ina perfect way since the Bill is to amend the Choice program to be able toprovide service and care for both veteran and person giving organ, whether theyare a Veteran or a regular Citizen. Section 3 The Bill “H.R. 1133: Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of2017” is a Bill to change the current Choice Program. Under the current law, inorder for a veteran and person providing a solid organ to such veteran toreceive care, the person providing the organ must also be a veteran.
Under thecurrent VA Choice Program both donor and the one receiving the organ aredisqualified from being taken care of and/or any services that they may need.This Bill would change this and it would allow a Veteran and a regular citizento be taken care of by the VA Program. This Bill would allow Veterans a choiceof being able to pick their own VA location to be able to receive thetransplant and services needed from such transplant. Under the current VAChoice Program, Veterans are restricted to only specific VA treatmentfacilities; sometimes the said facilities are really far away from where theVeteran live and this could be strenuous to the patient. The Bill “H.R. 1133: Veterans TransplantCoverage Act of 2017” would change the current VA Choice Program and it wouldprovide medical care as well as a better, closer to home facilities for ourVeterans as well as the live Donors providing the Organs. Section 4 If the Bill “H.
R. 1133: Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of2017″ becomes law it would have a beneficial affect on the target populationwhich is Veterans in need of a solid organ transplant. This new bill would havea very positive effect on our target population because it would allow forbetter care and more locations for such care. This would be beneficial becauseit would allow anyone the ability to provide a much-needed organ to our Veterans’.
Under the current policy only other Veterans’ are allowed to provide a solidorgan to the Veteran in need. If such person providing the Organ were not aVeteran, the VA would not cover both the Veteran and the person providing suchorgan. They would not be covered and would have to take care of the transplantthemselves. This new bill would also affect the target population beneficially,because they would be allowed to pick any VA facility to not only receive suchtransplant, but also receive treatments needed after transplants.
Under currentpolicy the Veterans are restricted to only specific VA treatment facilities,sometimes these facilities are really far away from where our Veterans live andit is not easy for them. Section 5 The peoplethat Bill “H.R. 1133: Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017” would be mosthelpful for, would be our Veterans’. “H.
R. 1133 would amend the Choice programto authorize the department of Veterans affairs (VA) to provide for any careand/or services a live donor may require to carry out a transplant procedure ata medical facility” (R. 1133, 2012). Our Veterans’ under the current VA Choiceprogram are not able to receive neither treatment nor coverage or a solid organ,if both the donor and the Veteran receiving the organ are both not Veterans’.This Bill would not have a negative impact on patient care or outcome, it wouldactually be a lot more beneficiary then the current VA Choice program.
Underthe current program donors are not covered medically or financially when theywant to provide an organ for the Veteran. Also under the current program, “veteransmay be restricted to specific VA treatment facilities that are often far away” (R.1133, 2012). This is a burden for the Veteran since some of these specificlocations are very far away.