Congressman Luke Messer votes to reform the VA and provide veterans better access to care


WASHINGTON DC (NEWS) - Today, Congressman Luke Messer voted for the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230).  This bill reforms the Veterans Administration (VA) and provides better access to quality care for our nation’s veterans.

“Taking care of our veterans shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” said Congressman Luke Messer. “After years of mismanagement at the VA, I’m glad we were able to get legislation passed that reforms the system and gives veterans better access to the care they’ve earned and deserve.”

H.R. 3230 improves medical access, requires real accountability for the VA’s senior management, and improves education benefits for veterans and their dependents through the following provisions:

  • Allows veterans to receive care at private medical facilities if the veteran is unable to secure an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days
  • Provides funding to hire more doctors and nurses within the VA system
  • Authorizes the VA to fire or demote senior executives for poor performance or misconduct in a more expedient manner
  • Requires public colleges to provide in-state tuition to vets and eligible dependents to remain qualified to receive G.I. Bill education payments

For more information on the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, visit Veterans’ Affairs Committeewebsite.  The bill passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support 420 to 5.

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