This bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a two-year pilot program allowing eligible veterans to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The Secretary would reimburse those facilities for the costs of care and services.
An “eligible veteran” who could participate in the pilot program would have to be enrolled in the VA’s patient enrollment system and live in New Jersey. This particular pilot program would be carried out in the garden state.
Veterans in the program would be issued a unique identification card allowing them to receive services at non-VA facilities. The VA Secretary would be responsible for ensuring that all participating veterans receive the care they need from the pilot program.
100 days after the pilot program concludes, the VA Secretary would submit a report on the pilot program to the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs. This report would include an analysis of the pilot program’s success and recommendations for extending or expanding the program.