This bill would allow veterans who are eligible for medical services through the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) but aren’t enrolled to receive premium assistance tax credits. It would codify the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) current policy into law, and would also apply to the modified premium assistance tax credit under the American Health Care Act after 2019 (if it’s enacted).
What is House Bill H.R. 2372?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2372
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced this bill to ensure that veterans who choose not to enroll in VA healthcare are eligible to receive premium assistance tax credits for private insurance:
“Our veterans have put their lives on the line to defend freedom and our individual liberties, and they are promised affordable access to access to health care through the VA when they return home. However, some veterans choose to forgo this health care option. That’s where my VETERAN Act comes into play. This bill would provide veterans the certainty that they will continue to have access to health care if they decide the VA isn’t the best fit for their health care needs.”
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee opposed this legislation, which had been included in initial drafts of the American Health Care Act but were removed in order to comply with the Senate’s Byrd Rule. In the bill’s committee report they said it “masquerades as help for veterans, but fails to address underlying flaws in the Republican health care bill that harm veterans” through loss of coverage and higher costs.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: U.S. Army via Flickr / Public Domain)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the rules relating to veteran health insurance and eligibility for the premium tax credit.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house Passed June 15th, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedMay 4th, 2017
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