PUBLIC LAW 107-135 – JAN. 23, 2002
Department of Veterans Affairs Health
Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001
Prime Sponsor: Mr. Christopher H. Smith (NJ)
H.R. 3447 – Signed by President Bush on January 23, 2002
Increases health programs for veterans by $1.4 billion.
Lowers out-of-pocket hospitalization expenses for lower income veterans by 80% to compensate for regional differences in the cost-of-living.
Requires the VA to establish chiropractic care programs nationwide.
Authorizes service dog programs for paralyzed and other severely disabled veterans.
Requires the VA to maintain specialized medical programs – such as for mental illness, spinal cord injuries and prosthetics – in each of the VA’s 22 regional divisions.
Creates new incentive and recruitment programs to attract and retain VA nurses.