WASHINGTON -- To better educate veterans and their family caregivers, AARP enthusiastically endorses a bipartisan bill, H.R. 5500, the Veterans’ Credit Protection Act, which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish outreach to veterans who may be subjected to credit reporting due to late or unpaid health care costs. The measure is expected to be debated in the House after Labor Day.
Introduced by North Carolina Congressmen David Rouzer and co-sponsored by Representatives G.K. Buttefield, Richard Hudson, Walter Jones, Mark Meadows, and Mark Walker, this common-sense legislation seeks to educate veterans, through national and local veterans’ service organizations, about how to resolve credit issues they may face when there is a delay in payment for medical care they received from a non-Department of Veterans Affairs provider. Furthermore, the bill requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to report to Congress on the number of veterans reported to be experiencing delayed medical claims payments that has negatively impacted their credit as well as efforts to improve the timely payment of claims. AARP has consistently supported protections that ensure that all consumers, including veterans, have the right to redress when their credit scores are adversely impacted by unpaid claims. H.R. 5500 is an important step in the right direction for veterans.
AARP thanks the C
ongressmen from North Carolina for their bipartisan efforts to ensure the health and financial security of our nation’s veterans.
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