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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...

  • Blumenthal Introduces Amendment To Senate Budget That Would Improve Care And Benefits For Veterans

    ( Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)-Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs—offered an amendment to the Budget Resolution being debated on the Senate floor. The comprehensive amendment would address some of the most pressing needs facing our veterans by: - Improving the delivery of care and benefits to victims of military sexual trauma - Supporting expanded medical research at VA including research specific to women veterans, TBI/PTS and toxic exposures - Im...

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

    'News that the cost to replace the Denver VA Medical Center has ballooned from $328 million to $1.73 billion is appalling' 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 mismana...

  • 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...

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