H.R.918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act

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Week ending November 10, 2017

H.R.918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act


HR 918 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to furnish to former members of the Armed Forces an initial mental health assessment and the mental health care services required to treat the member’s urgent mental health care needs, including risk of suicide or harming others.

‘The VA may provide such services at a non-VA facility if the receipt of mental health care services by an individual in VA facilities would be clinically inadvisable, or VA facilities are not capable of furnishing such mental health care services to that individual economically because of geographical inaccessibility.

The VA shall seek to enter into a contract with an independent nongovernmental entity to study the effect combat service has had on suicide rates and serious mental health issues among veterans.’

(Full text of H.R. 918 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] (Introduced 02/07/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote

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Cost to the taxpayers:  CBO estimates that enacting the bill would increase direct spending by $688 million over the 2026-2027 period.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Because enacting the bill would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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