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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan

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Walberg Votes to Address Broken VA Health Care

June 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Walberg voted in favor of H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act, to help alleviate the extraordinarily long wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.

H.R. 4810 would allow veterans to utilize non-VA healthcare providers if the enrolled veteran resides more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility, has waited longer than the wait time goals for a medical appointment, or has been notified by VA that an appointment is not available within the wait-time goals.

"The latest audit of the VA revealed that nearly 60,000 veterans have been waiting longer than 90 days for their first appointment. This mismanagement is unacceptable, and immediate actions must be taken to provide our veterans the necessary choice to ensure they receive timely access to care," said Rep. Tim Walberg

In addition to expediting care for veterans, H.R. 4810 would ban bonuses for all VA employees for the next two years and require an independent assessment of the Veterans Health Administration's performance. The legislation passed the House with unanimous support and will now move to the Senate for further consideration. 

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