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Jaime Herrera Beutler Helps Advance Legislation Improving Southwest Washington Veterans’ Timely Access to Care

President expected to sign bill that helps veterans who have been delayed or live in rural areas get access to non-VA health care

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Washington, July 30, 2014 | comments
Jaime Herrera Beutler issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate to expand veterans access to health care, and put in place accountability measures at the VA.
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Jaime Herrera Beutler issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate to expand veterans access to health care, and put in place accountability measures at the VA.

“It’s time the federal government started treating our veterans with the respect they deserve.  Recent revelations of VA misconduct shows that many are simply being allowed to slip through the cracks.  This bipartisan agreement begins to address these issues by providing non-VA health care options for veterans who have been left waiting by the VA, or who live too far from a VA facility for regular visits to be realistic.  Some veterans in Southwest Washington have to make a 150 mile roundtrip to reach the nearest VA medical facility, and they need these alternate solutions. 

“By providing this relief and strengthening the VA’s ability to hire more doctors and nurses, we’re moving toward finally putting our veterans’ needs first.  Importantly, this bill includes accountability measures – including the ability to remove failing managers – that will hopefully begin the process of reform the VA so badly needs.

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Tags: Veterans