WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. John Kline introduced a bill this week that allows the Veterans Administration to waive delayed co-pays for veterans if the administration sent the bill in an untimely manner.

The proposed legislation is in response to "frustration and confusion" caused by the VA when it billed Minnesota and Wisconsin veterans for health care received up to five years ago.

The bill would also require the VA to give patients rights to payment plans.

"The bill will hold the VA accountable, reform bureaucracy, and restore faith to our veterans that they will receive the care they were promised without getting stuck with unexpected and unbudgeted bills," Klobuchar and Kline said in a joint statement.