State Rep. Walorski Attends Veterans Bill Signing
August 7, 2014 — After months of hearings and investigations detailing falsified medical records, long wait times and preventable deaths, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) attended a bill signing ceremony today where President Obama signed legislation into law that will begin to reform the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
“Today is proof that working together can open the door to continued reforms. Our brave men and women protected our country and we need to protect them. I’m proud to have been a part of a conference committee where my colleagues put politics aside for the greater good of our vets. While today marks an important step forward in changing the culture at the VA, our work is far from over. Now, we need to roll up our sleeves and work with Secretary McDonald to ensure the VA makes the necessary changes to provide vets the care they deserve.
H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which Walorski supported as a House conferee, was drafted in response to news across the country that veterans requesting doctor appointments were put on long waiting lists which resulted in many VA facilities falsifying and covering up wait times.
The new law, which passed the House and Senate last week with overwhelming bipartisan support, gives veterans greater access to health care if they live in a rural area or must wait over 30 days to see a doctor. In addition, it provides funding for additional doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Lastly, it gives the Secretary the authority to fire poorly performing executives, just like any other company, which is almost impossible to do under the current system.
Source: Office of Rep. Walorski
Video of the bill signing