Statement by Secretary Shulkin on permanent Community Care legislation


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President Donald J. Trump is working to ensure his administration fulfills its commitment to America’s Veterans so they receive the care they deserve.  Under the president’s leadership, we have enacted major reform bills including Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, the Forever GI Bill and Appeals Modernization, among others.

I am pleased that Congress is working on the last piece of business this year in considering proposals for permanent authorization of community care for Veterans. As we have made clear for many months, Congress needs to pass a bill this year to help our Veterans get the care they need and have earned through their service and sacrifice to our country.

We are pleased to see key provisions of the Administration’s CARE proposal to expand Veterans’ choice in their care — and improve VA’s ability to deliver that care — included in multiple bills under consideration by Congress.  We appreciate the Senate’s recent progress under Senator Johnny Isakson’s leadership in reporting a bill out of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the introduction of an additional CARE proposal by Sens. John McCain and Jerry Moran, and we look forward to working with Chairman Phil Roe in the House to help advance and improve their efforts.

While a limited number of legislative days remain on the calendar, we are hopeful that both the Senate and House can reach agreement on a bill before the end of the session. To ensure our Veterans receive uninterrupted care, we are open to a short term, very limited extension of funding for the existing program to allow sufficient time for a final agreement to come together.

One way or another, I remain confident that Veterans will soon see bipartisan legislation that will greatly improve their care by providing them with better choice in selecting their best possible healthcare options.

Author

David Shulkin

Dr. David J. Shulkin is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Prior to his confirmation on Feb. 13, 2017, Dr. Shulkin served as VA’s Under Secretary for Health for 18 months, leading the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with over 1,700 sites of care serving nearly nine million Veterans.

Comments

  1. Raymond sansiviero    

    My dad is a pardonded vietnam vet. Because of legalese he was kicked out of the VA in 1998 after 6 years in a ptsd group for appling for a home loan in 1981. Charecter of service determination. He has a purple heart was diagnosed with somatic anxiety at the time which was ptsd but didnt exist at the time. 100 percent sure this illness lest to his presidential pardoned disipline. In 2015 i contacted an advicate who had his VA privalges returned. I saved there voice message. We applied for disability because he has parkinsons. VA denies disabilty and says he not eligable for benifits again after reinstatement. How sick and twisted this organazation is to play this game. Im in a appeals process that will most likely see my father die first. I doubt anyone reads this but please can i get some expedited considerations and help. Enough is enough

    1. Sonia A    

      Have you contacted your Congressional representatives with a request for service form available from your county VSO? Sorry that I have nothing more. The VSO for our county is relentless. Hope yours is like him. If not, inquire for a referral to one who is through an American Legion or VFW post. You may find someone out of your county who can help you expedite the process.

  2. Dean E Bartlett    

    I recently read a story on this website about some senator’s proposing a va care bill which would in affect remove the VA
    as we know it and make us pay co pays and loose current benefits into some kind of program like tricare. I am a 100%
    disabled veteran and any such change would be the straw that broke the camels back I would be left with nothing
    and no way to support may wife. Some times death is the only option and you all keep pushing me there.

  3. Richard Edward Forster Sr.    

    SEE, VA AIN’T CHANGED. THE NEW SEC. CAN’T CONTROL THESE LOWLIFES. IT’S GOING TO TAKE 100+ YEARS TO WEED THE BAD ONES AND SOONER THEN LATER THE LEFT WILL BE IN CHARGE AGAIN AND ALL THE GOOD WORK WI9LL BE3 FOR NOTHING’.

  4. Ronald Hyland    

    Thank you! Merry Christmas to you!

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