Long Waits for Medical Care

Post date: Jul 23, 2014 4:03:00 AM

S. Amendment 3237 to H.R.3230

Veterans' Access to Care through Choice,

Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014

Vote Passed (93-3, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill to allow veterans experiencing long wait times or who live more than 40 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to see doctors outside the VA health system, as long as the doctors participate in the Medicare program or are at a federally qualified health center, Defense Department facility or a facility funded by the Indian Health Service. It would also authorize the VA secretary to demote or fire poor-performing Senior Executive Service employees.