Department of Veterans Affairs: Payment or Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment Furnished at Non-VA Facilities, GAO-03-432R, B-291892, February 7, 2003
B-291892, Feb 7, 2003
This is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on January 24. Enclosed is our assessment of the VA's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. If you have any questions about this report. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is William Scanlon. Sec. 801(a)(1)(B)(i)-(iv) OF A MAJOR RULE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ENTITLED "PAYMENT OR REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT FURNISHED AT NON-VA FACILITIES" (RIN: 2900-AK08) (i) Cost-benefit analysis The VA estimates that the 5-year cost of the final rule from appropriated funds will be $2.1 billion in benefit costs and $21 million in government operating expenses. (ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act.