The Bill “Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act” Has Been Passed

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Picture of Rep. Julia Brownley (D)
Rep. Julia Brownley (D)

Bill Passed: To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill passed the House on Feb 08, 2019. It was originally sponsored by (D) Representative Julia Brownley from CA.

The bill is mainly related to these subjects; Veterans’ medical care, Mental health, Child care and development and Armed Forces and National Security.

List of 1st bill amendments

  • An amendment numbered 21 printed in House Report 116-6 to provide authority for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consult with the Secretary of Defense in implementing the bill.
  • An amendment numbered 20 printed in House Report 116-6 to amend the bill to specifically include Military Sexual Trauma counseling and care services under section 1720D of title 38 in the definition of covered health care services.
  • An amendment numbered 19 printed in House Report 116-6 to state that child care providers may not provide child care under the bill if they employ an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime, an offense involving a child victim, a violent crime, a drug felony, or other offense the Secretary deems appropriate.
  • An amendment numbered 18 printed in House Report 116-6 to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress regarding the accessibility and effectiveness of the program for eligible individuals who reside in rural and highly rural areas.
  • An amendment numbered 17 printed in House Report 116-6 to expand the scope of services under which a veteran would qualify for free child care to include health care services provided as part of readjustment counseling.
  • An amendment numbered 16 printed in House Report 116-6 to include under definitions in the Health Care Services, Emergency Mental Health Care Services, which provide immediate assistance to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • An amendment numbered 15 printed in House Report 116-6 to add extended day programs to the child care services that can receive stipends.
  • An amendment numbered 14 printed in House Report 116-6 to require the Secretary to establish criteria for furnishing child care assistance to eligible veterans that accounts for unusual or excessive access burdens, such as excessive driving distance, geographic challenges, and other environmental factors.
  • An amendment numbered 13 printed in House Report 116-6 to require annual reports on participation in this program and biannual reports on any other child care related barriers that remain for veterans seeking care at VA medical facilities.
  • An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 116-6 to require the Secretary to provide public notification on VA.gov to ensure veterans are aware of the expanded, cost-free child care services within this Act, and to perform outreach to inform eligible veterans.
  • An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 116-6 to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an annual report to Congress on its processing system for child care payments to veterans and private care providers. Moreover, the VA must identify the number of unprocessed child care claims that have been left unresolved in its report.
  • An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 116-6 to clarify that veterans who receive telemental health services furnished by the Department as opposed to in-person mental health services would be eligible for child care assistance authorized under the bill.
  • An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 116-6 to prevent interpretation by the VA that only one of the two parents could be considered the primary caretaker.
  • An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 116-6 to include intensive health care services related to physical therapy for a service-connected disability in the definition of “covered health care services.”.
  • An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 116-6 to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a feasibility study to determine how the Department of Veterans Affairs could provide child care assistance for veterans who receive covered health care services from non-Department facilities.
  • An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 116-6 to require a study of the effects of child care assistance provided under section 2 of the underlying bill and on compliance with treatment protocols.
  • An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 116-6 to specify that all Vet Centers, not just Vet Centers located within a physical area in which VA has jurisdiction, would also be a place where veterans could be eligible for no-cost child care.
  • An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 116-6 to prohibit the VA from constructing new structures to be used as childcare centers.
  • An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 116-6 to include substance or drug abuse counseling in the definition of “covered health care services.”.
  • An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 116-6 to clarify that the child care benefit be made available for veterans while they are traveling to or attending VA appointments and not at any other time.

Bill Cosponsors

  • (D) Rep. Brian Higgins from NY
  • (D) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton from DC
  • (D) Rep. Yvette D. Clarke from NY
  • (D) Rep. Katie Hill from CA
  • (D) Rep. Max Rose from NY
  • (D) Rep. Filemon Vela from TX
  • (D) Rep. Jamie Raskin from MD
  • (D) Rep. Gwen Moore from WI
  • (D) Rep. Joe Courtney from CT
  • (D) Rep. Jefferson Van Drew from NJ
  • (D) Rep. Tom Malinowski from NJ
  • (D) Rep. Ann McLane Kuster from NH
  • (D) Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee from TX
  • (D) Rep. Chrissy Houlahan from PA
  • (D) Rep. Gilbert Cisneros from CA
  • (D) Rep. Salud Carbajal from CA
  • (D) Rep. Derek Kilmer from WA
  • (D) Rep. Elaine Luria from VA
  • (D) Rep. Steven Horsford from NV
  • (D) Rep. Harley Rouda from CA
  • (D) Rep. Tony Cárdenas from CA
  • (D) Rep. Steve Cohen from TN

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