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  • Isakson to VA: Unacceptable to Tell Veteran ‘We Can’t Help’

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to act quickly to implement a more sensible interpretation of the Veterans’ Choice distance criteria to allow veterans better access to health care. At a committee hearing held today, March 24, 2015, Isakson raised concerns over how the VA has implemented the distance criteria that was included in sweeping reforms passed last year ...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Statement on VA’s Expansion of Veterans’ Choice Program

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today released the following statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced change to the Veterans’ Choice Program's "40-mile rule:" “We welcome this important change to a program that is intended to help ensure thousands of veterans have access to affordable, accessible, quality healt...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Demand Answers, Accountability for Skyrocketing Denver VA Construction Costs

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary Robert McDonald to address the ongoing problems that have plagued the replacement Denver VA Medical Center hospital, including mismanagement that has led to hundreds of millions in cost overruns and repeated delays. On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the VA announced th...

  • House, Senate Leaders Call for Answers on Construction Delays, Cost Overruns at Colorado VA Hospital

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs this week called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the ongoing problems that have plagued the replacement Denver VA Medical Center hospital, including mismanagement that has led to hundreds of millions in cost overruns and repeated delays. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Vetera...

  • Isakson, Blumenthal Praise Unanimous Senate Passage of Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, praised Senate passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act today by a vote of 99-0. The legislation (H.R.203) -- passed unanimously out of the Senate VA Committee on Jan. 21, 2015, as the committee’s first priority this Congress -- seeks to improve mental health...

  • Isakson Announces On-site Visit to Department of Veterans Affairs’ Headquarters on Tuesday, Feb. 3

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today announced that he and the Committee’s ranking Democrat will hold an on-site meeting with VA leadership and employees at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. "It is vitally important to me to go into the VA headquarters to hear firsthand from the leadership and from rank-and-file employees what actions they’re tak...

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