Federal - HR 3262

A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes.

Introduced

July 17, 2017

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A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes.

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  • July 31, 2017 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. Congressional Record p. S4616

  • July 28, 2017 — Measure, as amended, passed in the House by voice vote, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H6543

  • July 28, 2017 — Roe, R-Tenn., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H6540-H6543

  • July 28, 2017 — Reported to the House amended by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 115-267Congressional Record p. H6571

  • July 19, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    July 19, 2017 — Committee Vote: VA Physician Assistants Pilot Program — Substitute Amendment
      Kuster, D-N.H. —

    Substitute amendment that would make veterans not eligible to participate in other veterans educational assistance programs eligible to participate in the physician assistants educational assistance pilot program.

    Substitute amendment that would make veterans not eligible to participate in other veterans educational assistance programs eligible to participate in the physician assistants educational assistance pilot program.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    July 19, 2017 — Committee Vote: VA Physician Assistants Pilot Program — Vote to Report

    Authorize a pilot program at the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide educational assistance for eligible veterans for education and training as physician assistants.

    The bill also would authorize the secretary to select 250 eligible veterans to participate in the pilot program with a priority given to those who agree to be employed by the VA or in a state with a veterans population for more than 9 percent.

    It would require the secretary in carrying out the pilot program to partner with not less than 15 institutions of higher education. It also would require the VA secretary, in collaboration with the secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services, to report to Congress within one year of the bill's enactment on the impact of the pilot program.

    It would allocate $8 million of funds appropriated before the bill's enactment to carry out the pilot program,

    Authorize a pilot program at the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide educational assistance for eligible veterans for education and training as physician assistants.

    The bill also would authorize the secretary to select 250 eligible veterans to participate in the pilot program with a priority given to those who agree to be employed by the VA or in a state with a veterans population for more than 9 percent.

    It would require the secretary in carrying out the pilot program to partner with not less than 15 institutions of higher education. It also would require the VA secretary, in collaboration with the secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services, to report to Congress within one year of the bill's enactment on the impact of the pilot program.

    It would allocate $8 million of funds appropriated before the bill's enactment to carry out the pilot program,

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • July 17, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Bergman, (R-Mich.)
  • July 17, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Veterans' Affairs.Congressional Record p. H5920