POLICY BRIEFINGS


Senators Demand Plan to Ensure Care for Veterans at Private Facilities


In a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald, leaders of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs requested clear guidance for local VA medical centers and their patients regarding options for veterans to receive care from providers outside of VA hospitals and facilities. Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked the Secretary to provide a detailed plan for improving and integrating non-VA care options used by the VA no later than May 20, 2015. “We believe that it is vitally important veterans and providers receive accurate information on care available at the local Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) and in the community in order to understand the care options feasible. All too often, veterans and providers are unaware of these options and local facilities offering or approving non-VA care seems to vary arbitrarily from one VAMC to the next,” the senators wrote. The letter also calls for a review of all traditional non-VA care programs and the rates VA pays non-VA providers.


Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings


Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: hearing on the quota system used to manage controlled substances; 10:00 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg.; April 14

Senate Finance Committee: hearing titled “Creating a More Efficient and Level Playing Field: Audit and Appeals Issues in Medicare;” 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; April 14

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee: hearing on the individual and employer mandates in the 2010 health care law; 10:00 a.m., B-318 Rayburn Bldg.; April 14

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee: meeting to organize and adopt subcommittee rules for the 114th Congress (to precede the simultaneously scheduled hearing); 10:00 a.m., B-318 Rayburn Bldg.; April 14

House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions: hearing titled “Five Years of Broken Promises: How the President’s Health Care Law is Affecting America’s Workplaces;” 10:00 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg.; April 14

House Energy and Commerce Environment and Economy Subcommittee: hearing on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act of 2015; 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; April 14

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies: hearing on proposed fiscal 2016 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction – Ebola; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; April 15

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health: hearing on “Medicare Post Acute Care Delivery and Options to Improve It;” 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; April 16

Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee: hearing titled “A Fresh Look at the Impact of the Medical Device Tax on Jobs, Innovation and Patients;” 10:00 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg.; April 23

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee: hearing titled “Examining Access and Quality of Care and Services for Women Veterans;” 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; April 30

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee: hearing titled “Assessing the Promise and Progress of the Choice Program;” 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; May 13



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