H.R.5549 - RAPID Claims Act111th Congress (2009-2010)
Summary: H.R.5549 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)
Introduced in House (06/17/2010)
Rating and Processing Individuals' Disability Claims Act or the RAPID Claims Act - Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), if a veteran's claim is submitted that is determined to be a fully developed claim, to provide: (1) the claimant with the opportunity to waive any claim development period with respect to such claim; and (2) expeditious treatment to such claim.
Provides that: (1) if a person notifies the Secretary of the intention to submit a fully developed claim and does so within a one-year period thereafter, the Secretary shall provide expeditious treatment to the claim; and (2) if the Secretary determines that a claim submitted as fully developed is not fully developed, the Secretary shall notify such person within 30 days of the information and evidence required to fully develop the claim.
Requires the Secretary, when denying a benefit, to notify the claimant of any form or application required to appeal such decision.