Chairman Roe: It’s No Coincidence The First Thing the President Said About Serving Veterans Was Giving Them Choice in Their Health Care
Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump called for more choice for veterans during his State of the Union address:
“President Trump hit the nail on the head in last night’s State of the Union address. I was proud he took a couple moments to tout the progress we’ve made on behalf of our nation’s veterans. It’s no coincidence the first thing the president said about serving veterans was giving them choice in their health care. This is a priority the president and I share, and it’s precisely why I’ve worked to reform VA’s community care programs since the day I began serving as chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Last March, the committee held a hearing on the future of VA health care and examined ways we can ensure the men and women who serve have access to the very best care available. They deserve nothing less.
H.R. 4242 was favorably reported by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on December 19, 2017. This legislation would consolidate VA’s existing community care programs into one cohesive program and would modernize VA’s medical claims processing system to ensure that community providers can expect to be paid on time for the care they provide to veterans on VA’s behalf. It would further require VA to conduct periodic local capacity and market assessments to identify how gaps in care can be addressed through improvements to both internal and external capacity, standardize the rates VA pays to community providers and authorize VA to enter into provider agreements for needed care when contracts are not available or achievable. You can read more at veterans.house.gov/communitycare.