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Passed Legislation/Pending Implementation

The following legislation initiatives have been approved and codified in law and are being monitored for implementation:

  • Public Law No.114-315: Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016. (This included the extension of time for the earliest post-9/11 surviving spouses to utilize the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.) “TITLE IV—Educational Assistance and Vocational Rehabilitation; SEC. 401. Clarification of eligibility for Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. (a) In general.—Section 701(d) of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 128 Stat. 1796; 38 U.S.C. 3311 note) is amended to read as follows“(d) Applicability. “(1) IN GENERAL.—The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to a quarter, semester, or term, as applicable, commencing on or after January 1, 2015.“(2) DEATHS THAT OCCURRED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND DECEMBER 31, 2005.—For purposes of section 3311(f)(2) of title 38, United States Code, any member of the Armed Forces who died during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on December 31, 2005, is deemed to have died on January 1, 2006.”
  • Public Law No. 114-218: Department of Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016. (This allows surviving spouses receiving CHAMPVA insurance benefits to apply for dental insurance.) “(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and administer a dental insurance plan for veterans enrolled in the system of annual patient enrollment under federal veterans' benefits provisions and for veterans' survivors and dependents who are eligible for medical care under such provisions. The VA shall contract with a dental insurer to administer the plan. Benefits shall include diagnostic services, preventative services, endodontics, and other restorative services, surgical services, and emergency services.”
  • Public Law No. 114-328: National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. (This allows the extension of the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA). (“646) Extends the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance at $310 per month until May 31, 2018.”
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