From The Hill:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to protect veterans from suffering credit score mishaps at the hand of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In response to outcry over long wait times at VA clinics, the agency created a program in 2014 that covers veterans who seek outside medical treatment. But many have complained the VA is slow to make payments to their private doctors, which have in turn reported the medical debts to credit bureaus.

The Protecting Veterans Credit Act, introduced by Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) and John Delaney (D-Md.), would provide a one-year grace period before medical bills through this program may be reported.

The lawmakers say this will provide the VA with enough time to make the payments.

“No veteran should have their credit rating hurt because of delayed [VA] payments,” Delaney said. “In many cases, veterans are already using the choice program…

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