Rep Hughes resolution on veterans health care approved by state House

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News 20Jan Rep. Hughes resolution on veterans health care approved by state House LANSING – A resolution authored by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, which addresses red tape hampering military veterans’ health care options was approved by the state House today.House Concurrent Resolution 7 encourages the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Congress to create a pilot program in Michigan that would institute a Veterans Choice Card system similar to a traditional health care program for all Michigan veterans.The resolution is in response to problems that arose after the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act was passed by U.S. Congress in 2014. The act allowed that any veteran who lives more than 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs clinic can obtain care – paid for by the V.A. – at a local medical facility. However, if a veteran lives within 40 miles of a clinic but needs specialist care not available at the clinic, then the veteran could not access the program.“While the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was a good start, more needs to be done to address the health and well-being of our veterans,” said Rep. Hughes. “I hope our leaders at the federal level will take this idea to heart, as our veterans deserve better than to be told to drive hundreds of miles for care when they can get the same or better care at a private provider. There should be no red tape when it comes to health care for our veterans.”Dave Eling, director of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the resolution before the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.“This choice has huge ramifications to our veterans when they don’t have a choice,” said Eling. “This resolution will hopefully encourage the federal government to allow Michigan to be a trial state to give veterans a choice where they receive they receive their health care.”HCR 7 was approved by the state House initially in 2015, then accepted by the Senate with minor revisions on Jan. 14. With the House’s approval today, copies of the resolution will be sent to President Barack Obama, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.#####last_img

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