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  • As Unacceptably-long Wait Times for Veterans Persist, Isakson, Blumenthal Call on VA Secretary to Provide Detailed Plan on Use, Integration of Care Outside VA System

    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 wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to request he provide clear guidance to local VA medical centers and their patients regarding options for veterans to receive health care from local, community-based providers outside of VA hospitals and facilities. "Non-VA care is used by VA to reduce and...

  • 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 to VA Secretary: Priority One is Implementing Reforms to Provide Accessible, Quality Care for Veterans

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability and transparency within the agency in order to best serve our nation’s veterans. "We have had challenges with mental health, particularly with veterans’ suicide rates, and we have had a lot of problems with construction costs within the department, so you could look back and say this agency is a mess," sa...

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