The American Legion Champions Re-Introduction of Vets Health Care Reform Bill
At an afternoon press conference, Senator
Among the provisions of the bill is long sought-after advance appropriations for military veterans’ health care administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The advance appropriations mechanism allows Congress to vote on funding levels a year in advance of the current budget cycle.
“Advance-appropriations of VA health care funds will have a couple of great benefits for our constituency,” says
Similar legislation was introduced by Senator Akaka and Congressman Filner this past September, but it was too late in the legislative season to gain favor. Considering that now-President
For years, veterans service organizations had argued in favor of mandatory veterans health care funding, as it is for Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. “While this newly introduced legislation might not have the ultimate benefits of automatic funding, it is a very fine proposal nonetheless and, on behalf of our nation’s veterans and veterans-to-be, we applaud Chairman Akaka, Chairman Filner and their many co-sponsors for it,” concluded Commander Rehbein.
The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 has been a bi-partisan product. Though it has been introduced by Democrats — Senator Akaka and Congressman Filner — chief co-sponsors include Republican Senator
SOURCE The American Legion