S. 944, Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
November 12, 2013

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on July 24, 2013

S. 944 would expand health services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), increase certain fees for guaranteeing home loans, enhance education benefits, and make other changes to compensation and employment benefits. In total, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have a discretionary cost of $171 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming appropriation of the specified and estimated amounts.

In addition, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would decrease net direct spending by $94 million over the 2014-2023 period; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply to the bill. Enacting S. 944 would not affect revenues.

S. 944 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).