The unified voice of medicine calling for swift action to address veterans’ urgent health care needs resonated this week on Capitol Hill as Congress passed reform legislation.
The bipartisan framework agreed upon last week passed the U.S. House of Representatives Monday in a vote of 420-5, paving the way for veterans to seek medical care outside the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system if they aren’t receiving timely treatment. The U.S. Senate followed suit and passed the bill Thursday
night. The AMA House of Delegates in June adopted policy
urging Congress to act quickly on improving access to care for veterans.