Concerned Veterans for America, which has long advocated for substantial health care reforms in the Department of Veterans Affairs, applauded a major win in the Senate. On May 23, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voted to pass the VA MISSION Act of 2018 — a significant step in stabilizing and reforming the VA’s health care system. The bill is now heading to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
“There is still much more to be done, we are very thankful for the efforts of so many who have prioritized our veterans and got this bill across the finish line,” said CVA Executive Director Dan Caldwell. “This is a strong step forward and our grassroots army will be watching closely to see that this is implemented so our veterans get the care and choice they deserve.”
The bill garnered bipartisan support, calling for consolidation of the VA’s community care programs, defining clear standards for when a veteran can access care outside of the VA, and initiating a review of the department’s infrastructure. The legislation also aims to reform the VA’s reimbursement and record-sharing systems for community providers.