Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 (H.R. 4810), a bill which he is an original cosponsor of:
“The number of veterans that have received delayed care from VA facilities or were denied appointments despite being qualified for VA care is both shocking and appalling, and the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will not fix these systemic failures,” said Rep. Royce. “This legislation ensures that veterans who cannot get an appointment will still get the care they deserve. It is the least we can do for those who served our country so bravely.”
Introduced by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 would require VA facilities to offer non-VA care at the department’s expense to any enrolled veteran who cannot get an appointment within VA wait time goals or who lives more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility. Any care provided by a non-Department facility not under an existing VA contract would be reimbursed at the rate set by the VA, Tricare, or Medicare—whichever is greatest.
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