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“The only thing necessary for these diseases to the triumph is for good people and governments to do nothing.”

     

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1846

To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a presumption of service-connection for certain veterans with Hepatitis C , and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 11, 2003

Ms. SNOWE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

  

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a presumption of service-connection for certain veterans with Hepatitis C , and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PRESUMPTION OF SERVICE-CONNECTION FOR CERTAIN VETERANS WITH HEPATITIS C .

(a) PRESUMPTION- Section 1112 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(d)(1) For the purposes of section 1110 of this title, and subject to the provisions of section 1113 of this title, the disease Hepatitis C becoming manifest to a degree of 10 percent or more in any veteran described in paragraph (2) after active military, naval, or air service covered by that paragraph shall be considered to have been incurred in or aggravated by such service, notwithstanding that there is no record of evidence of that disease during such service.

`(2) Paragraph (1) applies in the case of the following:

`(A) Veterans who received during a period of service before December 31, 1992, a transfusion of blood or blood products.

`(B) Veterans who were exposed to blood through the skin during a period of service.

`(C ) Veterans who underwent hemodialysis during a period of service.

`(D) Veterans who experienced a needle-stick injury, not due to the veteran's own willful misconduct, during a period of service.

`(E) Veterans diagnosed with unexplained liver disease during a period of service.

`(F) Veterans who served in a health-care position or specialty during a period of service under such circumstances as the Secretary shall prescribe for purposes of this subsection.'.

  

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act. No benefit may be paid or provided by reason of that amendment for any period before such date.