The House Veterans Affairs Committee has approved a series of bills affecting the department’s operations. According to a summary by the committee:
HR-2288 would create a new structure for veterans’ benefits appeals, including a track in which an adjudicator reviews the same evidence considered by the original claims processor; one in which the veteran could submit new evidence for review and have a hearing; and one in which jurisdiction for the appeal would transfer immediately to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
HR-467 would require VA medical center directors to certify annually that their facility is in compliance with scheduling directives, prohibit VA from waiving certification, and require VA to report to Congress on individual medical facilities’ compliance.
HR-1545 would clarify that VHA is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone the VA prescribes those medications.
HR-1725 would require VA to produce additional information regarding its use of private medical evidence in support of claims for disability compensation.