H.R. 4771: VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act

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Date of Report

Thu November 7th, 2019

Legislation Details

116th Congress

To amend title 38, United States Code, to permit appellants to appear in disability compensation cases before the Board of Veterans' Appeals by picture and voice transmission from locations other than facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Cunningham — D — SC

Allows veterans who request an appeal hearing with the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) to attend from any location using video and audio technology on a secure Internet platform that would be developed by VA. Under current law, veterans who apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may appeal a decision on that application to BVA, a VA organization that reviews claims decisions. Veterans who appeal may request a hearing at BVA and may attend the hearing in person at the BVA headquarters in Washington, D.C., or by video teleconference from a VA regional office. The bill also requires VA to provide a report to the Congress on its implementation of the requirement to facilitate such tele-hearings.

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

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