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H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

CBO Score

$2 million

Date of Report

Fri May 19th, 2017

CBO Report Details

Legislation Details

115th Congress

To amend title 38, United States Code, to reform the rights and processes relating to appeals of decisions regarding claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bost — R — IL

The law established three new “lanes” for veterans appeals, to separate them out into separate categories and hopefully ease the speed with which they go through, rather than all funneling them together into one bureaucratic catch-all as before. The “Board lane” instantly moves a pending appeal over to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and skips the intervening layers of VA hierarchy. “The local higher level review lane” moves a rejected claim to another adjudicator higher up on the VA hierarchy to take a second look at. The “new evidence lane” allows veterans to submit new evidence related to their disability claim.

View the full vote history of this bill on GovTrack.us.

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