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house Bill H.R. 763

Trying Out Non-VA Healthcare For Veterans In New Jersey

Argument in favor

The VA scandal exposed how deeply insufficient the healthcare given to veterans can be. This program could lead to better treatment for veterans nationwide.

01/05/2016
As a Combat Veteran who fought in and was subsequently wounded during my year in Afghanistan in support of Operation: Enduring Freedom, having been medically retired as a result of these combat injuries, I have been fighting with the VA for three years to get the care and treatment I need. Time and again, I will plead my case with my Primary Care Provider, and time and again I get stonewalled. The story I get told is always the same, that the treatment I require is not offered/provided/supported and needs approval from higher. So, the request goes up, and several weeks later I receive a letter which explains why the treatment I am requesting will not be provided. The only option I have is to seek outside care and pay for it with the insurance I have through my employer with some of these bills just being staggering and requiring me to have to go on a budget plan to pay them. For those who might say that I just need to seek a "referral" from the VA, on paper I understand this sounds like a great idea and I agree. However, in all my endeavors to be provided with a referral, and then to use this referral, has yet to materialize into anything other than false hope, disappointment, and my having to return to outside care paid for by me. So yes, this needs to happen.
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Inez's Opinion
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03/14/2015
Until the VA administration can offer our veterans better care, we need to give them the care they deserve wherever the care is.
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Argument opposed

As bad as the VA has been, no one can guarantee that sending veterans to facilities outside of the VA network will get them treatment any faster.

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03/17/2015
Increase funding, hire more doctors and require more oversite with modern technology.
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Lloyd's Opinion
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11/10/2015
The VA already does this, you just a referral.
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What is House Bill H.R. 763?

This bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a two-year pilot program allowing eligible veterans to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The Secretary would reimburse those facilities for the costs of care and services.


An “eligible veteran” who could participate in the pilot program would have to be enrolled in the VA’s patient enrollment system and live in New Jersey. This particular pilot program would be carried out in the garden state.


Veterans in the program would be issued a unique identification card allowing them to receive services at non-VA facilities. The VA Secretary would be responsible for ensuring that all participating veterans receive the care they need from the pilot program.


100 days after the pilot program concludes, the VA Secretary would submit a report on the pilot program to the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs. This report would include an analysis of the pilot program’s success and recommendations for extending or expanding the program. 

Impact

Eligible veterans in New Jersey, non-VA healthcare facilities, the VA, House and Senate committees on Veterans Affairs, and the VA Secretary.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 763

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth:

The scandal that emerged in the spring of 2014 at Veterans Health Administration facilities (a healthcare branch of the VA) found that over 120,000 veterans had been put on waitlists and were either still waiting or never received the care they needed.


The VA’s Inspector General stated the long wait times contributed to an unknown number of veterans’ deaths, after the organization had previously attempted to minimize its role in the deaths. Between September 11, 2001 and the spring of 2014, the VA had paid out nearly $200 million for the wrongful deaths of nearly 1,000 veterans that were linked to the care — or lack thereof — that they received from the VA.  


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) Press Release

NJ.com

South New Jersey Today

Summary By Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and for other purposes.

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      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2015
    As a Combat Veteran who fought in and was subsequently wounded during my year in Afghanistan in support of Operation: Enduring Freedom, having been medically retired as a result of these combat injuries, I have been fighting with the VA for three years to get the care and treatment I need. Time and again, I will plead my case with my Primary Care Provider, and time and again I get stonewalled. The story I get told is always the same, that the treatment I require is not offered/provided/supported and needs approval from higher. So, the request goes up, and several weeks later I receive a letter which explains why the treatment I am requesting will not be provided. The only option I have is to seek outside care and pay for it with the insurance I have through my employer with some of these bills just being staggering and requiring me to have to go on a budget plan to pay them. For those who might say that I just need to seek a "referral" from the VA, on paper I understand this sounds like a great idea and I agree. However, in all my endeavors to be provided with a referral, and then to use this referral, has yet to materialize into anything other than false hope, disappointment, and my having to return to outside care paid for by me. So yes, this needs to happen.
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    Until the VA administration can offer our veterans better care, we need to give them the care they deserve wherever the care is.
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    Veterans should have the ability to choose where to get health care. They've earned it.
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    Veterans should have the option to use other healthcare facilities if they believe it will be more efficient.
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    Don't send vets to the lowest bidder
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    There are a lot more Non-VA facilities than there are VA-facilities. There is a infinitely better chance at being seen in a non-VA facility.
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    Increase funding, hire more doctors and require more oversite with modern technology.
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    "no one can guarantee that sending veterans to facilities outside of the VA network will get them treatment any faster" However, there is every guarantee that veterans and all others who have their healthcare needs attended by government will get delayed treatment. Why can you politicians not learn from other countries' problems and delayed treatment? Examples: Canada, UK, all of Europe, and all countries with government-controlled access to health care.
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    Please help us disabled Veterans get the help we need. Thank you and God bless.
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    Absolutely! Take out those who would see you dead first!
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    Vets should be able to go where they want to receive healthcare.
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    Access to the care is the first step and the VA is not doing it well.
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    I think VA hospitals should be eliminated. They cost too much and do too little. Give the veterans insurance to cover their health care and let them use the private sector. No honorable medical doctor would turn away a veteran like the VA did. This would save money and more importantly, save lives.
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    It is a great idea and is something that should have already happened. Congressman Lee Zeldin has led these changes here on Long Island. It has got to be a huge improvement for delays for appointments sometimes for days, possibly much longer. Lost records, poor or no treatment.tNo improvement of the VA hospitals or clinics since being brought to task! Shameful that our Vets are treated this way! Hopeful with the non-VA clinics our Vets will start to get the care that they so deserve!
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    congress sent them to war they need to care for them when coming home the best way possible.
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    I worked at UPMC for 47 years. Many veterans presented for treatment with vouchers from the local VA. This is an excellent way for Vets to receive treatment more quickly then using the VA facilities. I'm not sure the the Obama administration will ever get the enormous debt of gratitude that we owe our servicemen. My impression from the president is that he has no use for the milita
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    It's a "no-brainer."
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    I would like the veterans to have the ability to go anywhere they want for health care. The government should pick up the tab. There should also be crystal clear documentation for the veteran to insure against doctor fraud.
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    Veterans deserve respect and part of that I is allowing them access to the best possible medical care, especially for injuries or illnesses caused by their service to our country. Private medical care is far superior to the VA.
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    As a vet I do not use the useless VA system it is to messed up
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