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Apr 24, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held an oversight hearing on the strategic and policy implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on veterans eligible for and engaged with health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Committee members examined the potential impact of the law and VA’s efforts to understand, implement, and meet the ACA’s requirements.
Apr 16, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs sent a bipartisan letter to Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel urging him to follow through on a February 2013 plan to improve disability benefits claims processing for transitioning service members and veterans. The mutually agreed upon plan that the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) struck calls for the DoD to begin the transfer of complete and certified Service Treatment Records (STRs) to VA immediately, with electronic transfer capabilities to be in place by December 31, 2013.
Apr 11, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on President Obama’s recently released Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget request. VA Secretary Shinseki, VA leaders and veteran service organizations all testified at today’s full committee hearing. The overall VA budget request for fiscal year 2014 is $152.7 billion.
Apr 10, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing on the state of veterans’ cemeteries, including upkeep and areas for improvement. Additionally, the hearing examined a Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s (VAOIG) report from February 7, 2013, entitled “Audit of Internal Gravesite Review of Headstone and Marker Placement,” which found that the National Cemetery Administration (NCA)’s internal review procedures did not identify and report all misplaced headstones and unmarked gravesites.
Apr 10, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity received testimony on a number of bills, including ones related to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, veterans’ vocational rehabilitation and retraining, transition assistance, work study, and participation in U.S. Paralympics programs.
Apr 9, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Mike Michaud (ME-02), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that it will expedite claims for veterans who have waited a year or longer for compensation decisions: “Today’s announcement is a positive interim solution that should result in the oldest claims receiving more timely decisions..."
Mar 20, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing examining the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address the nearly 900,000 pending claims from veterans seeking compensation and pension disability benefits. Of the total inventory of claims, 588,011, or 72 percent, have been pending for more than 125 days.
Mar 14, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing that looked at the unemployment rate and employment challenges among members of the National Guard and Reserves. Members of the committee also solicited suggestions that witnesses may have for reducing unemployment. Veterans who were on active duty in 2011 had an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent while RC members had a 9.1 unemployment rate.
Mar 14, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) policies on scheduling and measuring patient wait times. The Subcommittee reviewed work conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifying inconsistencies in patient wait times reported by the VA, including unreliable information and varying degrees of policy implementation. The hearing also reviewed VA’s metrics for reporting such information.
Mar 13, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs conducted an oversight hearing on the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) productivity standards. On December 27, 2012, the VA Office of the Inspector General (IG) issued an audit of physician staffing levels for specialty care services, such as cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, psychiatry and others. The IG found that VA does not have an effective staffing methodology to ensure appropriate staffing levels for specialty care. The Subcommittee examined the reasons behind the VA’s inability to implement the IG’s recommendations and the subsequent impact on patient care, particularly with regard to access and quality.

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