[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 92 (Friday, May 11, 2018)]
[Page 22125]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-10058]



Publication of the Date on Which All Amounts Deposited in the 
Veterans Choice Fund Will Be Exhausted

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, 
as amended, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to publish 
in the Federal Register the date on which the Secretary will have 
exhausted all amounts deposited in the Veterans Choice Fund. This 
Federal Register Notice is VA's publication of this date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Duran, Director, Policy and 
Planning (10D1A1), Veterans Health Administration, Department of 
Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420, (303) 
372-4629. This is not a toll free number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Veterans Access, Choice, and 
Accountability Act of 2014 (the Act), Public Law (Pub. L.) 113-146, as 
amended, section 802, established the Veterans Choice Fund to be used 
by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out the Veterans Choice 
Program established by section 101 of the Act. Pursuant to sections 
101(p)(1) and (2) of the Act, the Secretary may not furnish care and 
services under the Veterans Choice Program after the date on which the 
Secretary has exhausted all amounts deposited in the Veterans Choice 
Fund. Section 101(p)(3) of the Act directs, not later than 30 days 
prior, VA to publish this date in the Federal Register and on an 
internet website of the Department available to the public. Based on 
current data, VA believes it will have exhausted the amount that was 
deposited in the Veterans Choice Fund no earlier than May 31, 2018; 
however, due to the unique nature of health care and the variability in 
health care costs, the amounts in the Fund could last as long as June 
15, 2018. This information can be found on the internet at http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/index.asp. VA will update the website if it 
determines based on the most current information that the amounts in 
the Fund will be exhausted later than anticipated.

Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this 
document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document 
to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as 
an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Peter M. 
O'Rourke, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this 
document on May 7, 2018, for publication.

    Dated: May 7, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Martin,
Impact Analyst, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the 
Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2018-10058 Filed 5-10-18; 8:45 am]