Sen. Nesselbush’s legislation that would eliminate medical records fees for veterans passes Senate
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush’s legislation (2016-S 2296) that would require healthcare providers to give veterans their medical records at no cost if they are used to apply for any kind of benefits passed the Senate with a vote of 34-0.
“Our state’s veterans, who have already sacrificed so much for the people of Rhode Island, deserve the easiest path to receive their most well deserved benefits after their service to our country,” said Senator Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence). “And in the case of our returning veterans from the Middle East, these young men and women are coming home with desperate needs for a wide variety of medical care, from physical to psychological trauma. After what they have all done for our country, we need to do everything we can to help them access their earned and justified benefits.”
The fee waiver would include any charges from copying, postage, retrieval or processing fees when a veteran requests their medical records in applying for a post-service benefit. The legislation also states that a medical provider shall furnish a veteran requested health record by mail or electronically within 30 days of the request.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903