ARLINGTON, Va.–Following Senate passage of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 on Wednesday, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) praised Senators for their support of the bill and their work to preserve veterans’ access to and choice in health care.
Dan Caldwell, CVA Executive Director, had this to say upon passage:
“This bill is a win for the millions of veterans who rely on the VA for their health care and we are delighted to see it go to the President’s desk. While there is still much more to be done, we are very thankful for the efforts of so many who have prioritized our veterans and got this bill across the finish line. This is a strong step forward and our grassroots army will be watching closely to see that this is implemented so our veterans get the care and choice they deserve.”
CVA Executive Director Dan Caldwell is available to comment on the vote today. To schedule an interview, reach Chris Neefus at CNeefus@cv4a.org or (703) 517-4504.
Click here to read the grassroots group’s letter of support for the VA MISSION Act.
The VA MISSION Act stabilizes and reforms the VA’s health care system by consolidating the VA’s community care programs, defining clear standards for when a veteran can access care outside of the VA, and initiates a review of the department’s infrastructure. The legislation also aims to reform the VA’s reimbursement and record-sharing systems for community providers.
The legislation enjoys broad, bipartisan support as well as the endorsement from over 40 veterans groups, including CVA.
For years, CVA has advocated for substantial health care reforms at the VA. In CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, the group advocates that veterans should have the option to take their earned health care benefits and use them to access care at the VA or in the private sector.