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The VA is neglecting its responsibility to rural veterans. Just take a look at North Carolina.

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By Rick Disney, CVA-North Carolina coalitions director   The need for timely, flexible medical care is more important than ever, especially for those veterans whose care was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The VA MISSION Act allows for the Department of Veterans Affairs to refer veterans to community care, providers outside the VA system, if... Read more »

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Veteran’s health care story illustrates the need for more choice

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In a new op-ed in his hometown Albuquerque Journal, Nate Banks recounts a 2018 experience with the Veterans Choice Program.   Banks, a Navy veteran and grassroots engagement director with Concerned Veterans for America, had visited a local urgent care facility with abdominal pain. He was referred to a hospital for testing, and in the course of his examination, doctors found... Read more »

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Then and now: What’s changed since the VA MISSION Act was signed into law?

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This month marks the third anniversary of the VA MISSION Act being signed into law and two years since its implementation began. The VA MISSION Act has been instrumental in ensuring veterans receive quality, timely medical care and in creating a more dynamic Department of Veterans Affairs. Before the VA MISSION Act, too many veterans... Read more »

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CVA urges administration to forgo infrastructure spending, get AIR Commission off the ground

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June 6 will be the third anniversary of the bipartisan VA MISSION Act, which created the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) process, designed to establish a commission to determine the status and needs of Department of Veterans Affairs’ infrastructure.     But before the AIR Commission can even get off the ground, the Biden administration is proposing $18 billion in... Read more »

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Holding policymakers accountable for veterans’ health care delays

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Jimmie T. Smith is a partially disabled U.S. Army veteran who is happy with the care he gets from the Veterans Affairs health care system. But, as he writes in a new op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times, as a onetime chairman of the state House Veterans and Military Affairs Subcommittee and as Florida coalitions... Read more »

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VA appointment problems hark back to Phoenix scandal

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Joshua Stanwitz, a coalitions director with Concerned Veterans for America in Arizona, was just starting his journey with the VA health care system when news of the Phoenix VA wait list scandal broke seven years ago.   The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper, found out that the local VA hospital had been maintaining two sets of wait lists – an official electronic list... Read more »

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Seven years after Phoenix scandal, VA is failing veterans by not fully implementing the MISSION Act

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This weekend marks seven years since the Phoenix VA scandal came to light. In 2014, news broke revealing veterans were being kept on secret appointment wait lists at VA medical facilities in order to manipulate and hide actual wait times.  In the years that followed, accountability and access reforms have improved conditions for veterans using the VA... Read more »

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By the numbers: the impact of canceled appointments at the VA

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs was turned on its head. Suddenly, millions of medical appointments were canceled, both at VA facilities and in community care programs. Non-urgent care has yet to get back to normal. A year later, America’s veterans have felt the effects of COVID-19 and canceled... Read more »

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Is another VA wait-time scandal coming?

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Seven years ago, the Phoenix VA Medical Center wait-time scandal exploded, revealing a mismanaged system that was denying timely care to veterans and, in some cases, leaving them to die. If the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t act soon to get a handle on the lack of access to community care, the tragedy could happen again,... Read more »

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What’s next for VA reform? Policy Director Juliana Heerschap details what’s on the horizon for veterans’ health care.

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Concerned Veterans for America has released its 2021 policy agenda , and our grassroots army is hard at work sharing our solutions to the nation’s greatest challenges. This year’s agenda is packed full of ideas for continuing to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and ensuring veterans receive the care they were promised. We’ve been... Read more »

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