Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America’s (CVA) Texas chapter today announced it will host the Fixing Veterans Health Care Summit in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, May 27, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Del Mar College in the Center for Economic Development (room 106).
Cody McGregor, CVA’s Texas State Director, will present the Veterans Independence Act—a veteran-centric set of policy proposals formed by CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce. The Veterans Independence Act lays out a concrete plan to bring accountability, choice and timely care to veterans.
It’s been a little more than a year since it was revealed that veterans were placed on secret waiting lists at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals around the country—cover-ups that, in some cases, led to veterans’ deaths due to lack of timely medical care.
While the VA reform bill passed into law August was a step in the right direction, it doesn’t go far enough to solve the VA’s problems. Earlier this month, at least 125 veterans attended a town hall in Corpus Christi, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times. They voiced complaints about the issues they have faced at VA facilities—like long wait times and the inability to schedule appointments farther than 30 days out.
Last year’s VA reform bill included a provision for the current Veterans Choice Card Program to allow veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA system. However, this program doesn’t offer a true choice because it places restrictions on which veterans are eligible for this program—based on their distance from a VA facility and access to timely care—and requires eligible veterans to seek permission for that choice from the VA bureaucracy.
Cody McGregor, Texas State Director at Concerned Veterans for America, issued the following statement:
“Getting top-quality health care for veterans shouldn’t be so difficult, but right now, veterans are faced with a maze of bureaucratic red tape at the VA when they have a problem getting access to the care they need.
“Veterans chose to serve their country, and they should be able to choose their health care. The Veterans Independence Act empowers veterans to decide where they get health care—either through a VA facility or through the private sector.
“The Fixing Veterans Health Care Summit is an opportunity for anyone to come learn about the Veterans Independence Act, ask questions about it, and learn how they can support real reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
This event is free and open to the public and press. Register on Eventbrite.
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