VA Provider Equity Act Added to Caring for Our Veterans’ Act

 

In a major development for APMA’s VA Provider Equity Act, the bill was adopted (on November 29) as an amendment to the bipartisan Senate Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017, legislation that would renew funding for the program that allows veterans to receive health care at non-VA facilities when appropriate care is not readily accessible at a local VA facility.

The Caring for Our Veterans Act is viewed as critical legislation for passage prior to the holiday recess, as the program has run out of funding. CPMA members are strongly encouraged to contact California Senators Feinstein and Harris and encourage them to support S. 1871, the VA Provider Equity Act, to underscore the importance of this legislation, whether as a standalone bill or an amendment to another piece of legislation, and to advocate for the highest quality care for our nation’s veterans.

If the Caring for Our Veterans Act passes in the Senate, it will have to be reconciled with a House version of the bill. Passage in the Senate will significantly increase the possibility of ultimate enactment of the VA Provider Equity Act, as it will have passed in both chambers of Congress (the House version of the VA Provider Equity Act, HR 1058, passed on unanimous consent this summer).

An S.1871 letter of support is available on APMA’s eAdvocacy site. Simply login into apmaeadvocacy.org, click on the VA Provider Equity Action link; on the letter page click the Take Action button. The letter will be sent to Senators Feinstein and Harris.