Group says bill will stabilize system, pave way for expanded choice for veterans.
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America is praising Sens. John Mcain (R-Ariz.) and Jerry Moran (R-Ks.) for introducing the Veterans Care and Community Access Act of 2017.
The grassroots group sent a letter of support to the senators on Friday, pointing out that the legislation would offer veterans more health care options and provide much-needed reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical system. Specifically, the group said the bill would facilitate more timely care and improve integration with community care providers.
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Executive Director Dan Caldwell issued the following statement:
“This bill is an important step toward stabilizing the current VA medical system and ensuring quality and timely care for our veterans. This legislation would also provide more health care options for veterans who use the VA and ensure that veterans aren’t trapped in failing VA hospitals. We strongly support this legislation and urge all Senators to do the same.”
The McCain-Moran legislation creates a plan to combine multiple outside care programs at the VA that will reduced bureaucracy and streamline reimbursements to community providers. The grassroots group said these reforms will help ensure that veterans receive the care they have earned in a more timely and convenient manner.
For further information or an interview, please contact Chris Neefus at (703) 224-3200 or CNeefus@cv4a.org.
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.
The grassroots group recently thanked Rep. Lamborn and his cosponsors for introducing the Veterans Empowerment Act in the House, which addresses many of the major concerns laid out by CVA’s task force. Read more here.