The House of Representatives today, with the support of U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, advanced reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs in a bipartisan unanimous vote.
“The VA is dealing with an incredibly large influx of veterans seeking care,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Congress must provide the VA with the resources, flexibility and guidance to meet our veterans’ needs.”
Both the House and the Senate are moving forward on legislation to make changes at the VA. The reforms include hiring more doctors and nurses at the VA, requiring the Department to contract out to non-VA facilities to reduce the backlog, and creating greater accountability.
Each chamber’s bills will have to be reconciled into one bill before it can be sent to the President for his signatures. The vote in the House moved that process forward.
Also today, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson announced a new initiative of monthly site inspections across veterans health facilities. The monthly in-person reviews will scrutinize the scheduling practices of every clinic within the VA’s jurisdiction.
While long waits have been reported across the nation, the San Diego VA fulfills more than 99 percent of requests for primary care appointments within 14 days. Specialist appointments are filled within 14 days 98 percent of the time.