House Passes Walberg’s Medal of Honor Priority Care Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg's bipartisan legislation, the Medal of Honor Priority Care Act, passed the House today along with a series of bills to support America's veterans and their families. The Medal of Honor Priority Care Act would place Medal of Honor recipients in the highest priority group used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine eligibility for health care services. Currently, they are allocated to Priority Group 3 in the VA's priority scale. The bill was included as part of a larger veterans assistance package, the Veterans Employment, Education, and Healthcare Improvement Act, which passed unanimously.
"We owe immeasurable gratitude to the men and women in the armed forces who have answered America's call and defended our freedoms no matter the cost. These heroes deserve nothing less than access to timely, high quality care. Any type of delay is unacceptable, but it is fitting that those who have received our military's top honors for bravery should be placed in the highest priority group," Walberg said.
The House also approved several other bills today to enhance care and resources for veterans, including:
H.R. 677 - American Heroes COLA Act of 2015: Makes the annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment automatic, so veterans would receive the same COLA as social security recipients, without additional Congressional action.
H.R. 2360 - Career-Ready Student Veterans Act of 2015: Ensures that in order to be eligible for GI Bill benefits, an accredited or non-accredited program must meet state accreditation, licensure or certification standards.
H.R. 2915 - Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act: Directs VA to identify VA mental health care and suicide prevention programs that are most effective for women veterans, as well as those programs with the highest satisfaction rates among women veterans.
H.R. 3106 - Construction Reform Act of 2016: Requires VA to hire an Assistant Inspector General for construction projects, who would be responsible for assessing the planning, design, and execution of major construction projects and leases.
H.R. 3234 - Failing VA Medical Center Recovery Act: Requires VA to publish key health metrics for each VA medical center on the Federal Register and on VA's website, and determine which ones are performing satisfactorily and which are underperforming.