Rep. Miller Co-Sponsors Bill to Ensure Veterans Receive Timely Health Care

Washington, Jun 14, 2013 -

We owe a significant debt to the men and women of our Armed Forces. While we will never be able to repay them for all that they have sacrificed for our country, our government has a responsibility to live up to the promises made to those who have valiantly served our nation. While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set goals for providing primary and specialty care appointments for our nation’s veterans, far too often the Department has fallen short, with veterans oftentimes waiting over a month to be seen at a VA medical facility. In fact, a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office determined that long wait times and inadequate scheduling processes continue to hinder veterans’ access to timely and needed medical care.

To address this issue, I recently co-sponsored H.R. 241, the Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act, which would require the VA to ensure that veterans seeking primary care or specialty care, including mental health treatment, receive an appointment within 30 days. Under this legislation, the Secretary of the VA would be required to submit semi-annual reports to Congress with an assessment of the Department’s performance in meeting this standard. I will continue to advocate for this important legislation’s passage and will work with my colleagues to ensure that we honor our commitment to our nation’s veterans. 

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