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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Fights to Enhance Care for our Veterans, Reform VA Appeals Process

House Passes Measures to Reform VA, Provide Care for our Nation’s Heroes

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Washington, DC, May 23, 2017 | comments

Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY—22) announced the passage of seven bills that will enhance care for veterans and reform processes at the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that veterans receive care in a timely manner.

“Every day I hear from veterans across the 22nd District who are unable to access the care they desperately need. Throughout the past years, the VA has fallen behind in providing timely, high quality care to our nation’s heroes. Our veterans should never die waiting for care. That’s why the House took important steps today to reform the appeals process and expand access to resources that our veterans depend on,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “Reforming the appeals process is vitally important in ensuring that our veterans receive necessary medical treatment. Over the past two years, pending appeals cases have increased by 20 percent, and the VA has reported that it could take years to get through the backlog. In the 22nd District, some veterans have waited years to have their appeals addressed. This is unsustainable and unfair to those who need treatment. I am honored to vote in favor of these measures to enhance care for those who have served our great nation while beginning the process of providing much needed oversight at the VA.”

The bills include:

H.R. 2288Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017- Over the past few years the VA appeals process has become increasingly burdensome on our veterans. Despite actions by Congress to address this issue, the VA still estimates that it will takes years to resolve current appeals. This bill would implement a new system that would streamline the appeals process and require the VA to submit a comprehensive plan to ensure our veterans are cared for in a timely manner.

H.R. 467 – VA Scheduling Accountability Act- This bills would require VA medical centers comply with the scheduling policies for outpatient clinic appointment and certify this compliance annually. This will help to ensure that our veterans receive the timely access to the care that they deserve.

H.R. 1005 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans- As our veteran population ages, this bill would expand access to nursing home alternatives allowing veterans to stay at home longer. This measure would give veterans who are eligible for nursing home care, but who do not receive the care, access to adult day health care facilities.

H.R. 1162No Hero Left Untreated Act- In recent years, substance abuse and suicide rates among our veteran population has increased. At the same time, opioid prescriptions by VA providers has skyrocketed 259 percent. This bill would allow the VA to begin a new program to explore alternative therapies and treatments for our veterans who experience chronic pain or mental health conditions.

H.R. 1329Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017- This bill would increase compensation for veterans who are suffering from a service-connected disability to keep up with the Cost of Living Adjustments.

H.R. 1545VA Prescription Data Accountability Act- This bill will require the VA to disclose opioid prescriptions through their medical centers to state controlled substance monitoring programs. This will help to improve monitoring of opioid prescriptions and reduce over-prescribing.

H.R. 1725 Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017- This bill will help to reduce the number unnecessary examinations needed to submit a disability claim. This will lead to reduced wait times and streamlined claim submissions.

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