US HB8247 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Passed on December 5 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-12-05 - Became Public Law No: 116-214. (TXT | PDF)
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]


Implements programs, policies, and reports related to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) transition assistance, suicide care, mental health education and treatment, health care, and women veteran care. Among other requirements, the VA must carry out a pilot program on information sharing between the VA and designated persons regarding the assistance and benefits available to veterans; furnish, reimburse, or pay for emergent suicide care, including transportation costs, at a VA or non-VA facility for certain veterans who are in an acute suicidal crisis; establish a program for the education and training of caregivers and family members of veterans with mental health disorders; establish the Task Force on Outdoor Recreation for Veterans to make recommendations regarding the use of public lands or other outdoor spaces for medical treatment and therapy for certain veterans; seek to contact certain veterans who have not recently received care to encourage them to receive comprehensive physical, mental health, eye, and audiological examinations; provide VA police officers with annual training on the prevention of suicide among the population it serves; complete an analysis and report on its programs that provide assistance to women veterans who are homeless or precariously housed to identify the areas in which such programs are failing to meet the needs of such women; and annually report on the use of VA health care by women veterans.

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Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020 Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020



2020-12-05HouseBecame Public Law No: 116-214. (TXT | PDF)
2020-12-05HouseSigned by President.
2020-11-24HousePresented to President.
2020-11-12SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
2020-11-10SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6655)
2020-09-24SenateReceived in the Senate, read twice.
2020-09-23HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2020-09-23HouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H4763-4767)
2020-09-23HouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 8247.
2020-09-23HouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4763-4770)
2020-09-23HouseMr. Takano moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
2020-09-17HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
2020-09-17HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
2020-09-17HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
2020-09-15HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health.
2020-09-14HouseReferred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
2020-09-14HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

HB4154 (Related) 2019-08-22 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
HB5324 (Related) 2020-03-10 - Subcommittee Hearings Held.
HB7747 (Related) 2020-10-06 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
SB2864 (Related) 2020-07-01 - Held at the desk.


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