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  • Chairman Roe Commends President Trump for Establishing VA Accountability Office
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order creating the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Office at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “From day one, President Trump has pledged to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs. His actions today to create a new office at VA focused on accountability and whistleblower protection demonstrate that he is doing just that. President Trump knows... Read more

  • Chairman Roe’s Legislation to Eliminate Sunset Date of the Choice Program Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Trump signed The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, the Senate companion to Chairman Roe’s bill to eliminate the sunset date of the Choice program, into law: “It was an honor to stand with President Trump, VA Secretary David Shulkin and Florida Governor Rick Scott to ensure our veterans have timely access to health care. Today, we made great progress in our mission to ensure every veteran who has serv... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Commends VA’s Efforts to Increase Transparency
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new tool to increase transparency at VA by making patient wait time and quality of care data available to veteran patients: "I thank Secretary Shulkin for making this important data readily available to improve the veteran’s experience at VA and increase accountability at the department. Transparency is a critical component of VA reform, and I'm glad the Trump administrat... Read more

  • Roe Statement on House Passage of Bill to Eliminate Sunset Date of the Choice Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House passed The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, the Senate companion to his bill to eliminate the sunset date of the Choice program: “By eliminating the sunset date of the Choice Act, Congress is ensuring veterans have certainty and continuity of care while we work with the Trump administration to develop a strategic plan that addresses the need for a veteran-centric, coordinated network of care that ut... Read more

  • Chairman Roe: The Veterans Crisis Line Must Answer Every Single Call
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a hearing to assess ongoing concerns regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Crisis Line (VCL). Below are Chairman Roe’s opening remarks from today’s hearing: Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery: We are here today to discuss a topic that is a top priority for me, for this Committee, for the Secretary and his staff, and for the entire military and veteran community - the prevention of suicide... Read more

  • Committee Launches New Website
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) unveiled a new website to provide updates and information on the important work of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Chairman Roe released the following statement: "Having a mobile-enabled, easy-to-navigate website is critical to communicate the committee’s work to the American people. As we work to bring comprehensive reform to VA, this website will serve as a one-stop shop for updates on the important work th... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Introduces Bill to Create VA Medical Scribes Pilot Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, legislation to create a two-year medical scribes pilot program within VA. Chairman Roe released the following statement on the legislation: “Over the last three years since the VA waitlist scandal broke, we’ve looked at several ways to make VA work better for veterans. I know that many primary care providers within the VA are doing their best ... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Statement On Secretary Shulkin’s Call For VA Accountability
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after VA Secretary David Shulkin announced the delayed firing of a VA employee in Houston who was caught watching pornography while treating a veteran patient: "The time for talking about accountability is over. This situation underscores the need for Congress to get VA accountability legislation to President Trump's desk, and I thank Secretary Shulkin for making this a top priority. I was proud my bill, the VA Accountabil... Read more

  • Wenstrup Introduces Legislation To Make VA 100% Smoke-Free
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Subcommittee on Health Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) introduced legislation to prohibit smoking in any Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility. Under this legislation, smoking would be banned inside VHA facilities immediately and outside VHA facilities within five years. “Exposure to secondhand smoke puts veteran patients at unnecessary risk. This common sense reform mitigates that risk by requiring VHA facilities to become 100% smoke-free within five years,” said Wenstrup, Chairman of t... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Statement On Report Of Veterans Crisis Line Continued Failures
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement in response to the newly released Office of Inspector General (OIG) report revealing continued failures of the Veterans Crisis Line: "It's unacceptable that the issues with the Veterans Crisis Line have still not been addressed, and I hope Secretary Shulkin will take immediate steps to correct these serious shortcomings. The Veterans Crisis Line is intended to be the first line of defen... Read more

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