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  • Chairman Roe on Denver VA: This situation must never happen again
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held an oversight hearing to examine the construction of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. Below are Chairman Roe's opening remarks from the hearing: Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery Good morning. This hearing will come to order. I want to welcome everyone to today’s hearing, which is the seventh this committee has held examining construction of the new Rocky Mountain ... Read more

  • HVAC Schedule January 15 – 19
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the hearing schedule for January 15 – 19. The following events are open to the press: WHO: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs WHAT: The Denver Replacement Medical Center: Light at the End of the Tunnel? WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018 WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming here. BACKGROUND: This oversight hearing will examine the completion of construction and beginning of activation at the new Rocky Mountain Region... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Statement on VA Opioid Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has released its opioid prescribing data for the last five years (2012-2017) and would begin releasing data semi-annually on the 15th of January and July: “Opioid abuse is a public health emergency, and it’s clear from these figures that VA is taking effective action to curb opioid abuse and dependency. As a physician, I am keenly aware of the fact that every patie... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Support Mental Health Care Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), along with committee leaders Reps. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), released the following statements following President Trump’s executive order on mental health care for transitioning veterans: “Ensuring servicemembers have the resources and support they need to successfully transition from active duty to civilian life is one of our highest duties,” said Chairman Roe. “This executive order will explore new aven... Read more

  • Chairman Roe: The Secretary's Message is Clear
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) spoke on the House floor in support of a continuing resolution that includes $2.1 billion for the Choice Program. On December 12, 2017, Secretary Shulkin sent a letter to Congress requesting funding for the Choice Program by year’s end. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of a provision within this legislation that would authorize and appropriate $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program. Choice was created b... Read more

  • Committee Passes Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Access to Care
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed legislation to streamline VA’s community care accounts into one veteran-centric program that replaces the Choice Program, removing the current 30-day, 40-mile requirement to give veterans more timely access to community care: “For the last eleven months, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has worked tirelessly on behalf of our nation’s heroes. We’ve held more than... Read more

  • House Passes Legislation to Expedite VA Investigations
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract with non-profits that accredit health care organizations to investigate VA medical centers: “When the wellbeing and safety of veteran patients are endangered due to substandard care practices, VA must do everything in its power to guarantee investigations are conducted in an expedient and thorough way. I’m grat... Read more

  • Roe, Buchanan Announce Veteran Identification Cards
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) released the following statements after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced they would begin issuing veterans identification cards: “When traveling around the country, I’ve heard from many veterans who would like an official identification card to document their service,” said Chairman Roe. "These identification cards will allow our nation’s heroes to more easily prove their military service without the burden... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Op-Ed: Congress is working to honor America’s heroes
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    In honor of Veterans Day, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following video message and penned the below op-ed in The Hill: The following is an excerpt from Chairman Roe's op-ed in The Hill: As we approach Veterans Day, we are reminded of the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of our great nation. We honor their service and sacrifice, recognizing we are forever indebted to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have defended our freedom for generations. From that h... Read more

  • House Doubles Down on Commitment to Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed nine veterans bills Tuesday and Wednesday in addition to the five veterans bills the House passed on Monday: “In the days leading up to Veterans Day, the House has doubled down on its commitment to honor and care for the men and women who answered the call to serve. The bills the House passed this week will expand access to care for veterans in crisis, former servicemembers living in a ... Read more

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