Pending Health and Benefits Legislation

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Time: 02:30 PM Location: Russell, SR-418

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S. 23, Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2017 (Cassidy, Tester)

S. 112, Creating a Reliable Environment for Veterans' Dependents Act (Heller, Murray)

S. 324, State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017 (Hatch, Hirono, Boozman, Heller, Manchin, Murray, Rounds, Sanders, Tillis)

S. 543, Performance Accountability and Contractor Transparency Act of 2017 (Tester, Murray, Manchin)

S. 591, Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017 (Murray, Tester, Sanders, Brown, Blumenthal, Hirono, Manchin)

S. 609, Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act of 2017 (Moran, Tester, Blumenthal, Brown)

S. 681, Deborah Sampson Act (Tester, Boozman, Murray, Blumenthal, Brown)

S. 764, Veterans Education Priority Enrollment Act of 2017 (Brown, Tillis)

S. 784, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 (Isakson, Tester)

S. 804, Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act (Heller, Murray)

S. 899, Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Transition Improvement Act (Hirono, Moran, Tester)

S. 1024, Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Isakson, Blumenthal, Tester)

S. 1094, Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (Rubio, Tester, Isakson, Moran)

S. ___, Serving our Rural Veterans Act (Sullivan, Tester)

S. ___, Veteran Partners’ Efforts to Enhance Reintegration Act (Blumenthal)




Panel I


Jennifer S. Lee, M.D., Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs                  

Accompanied by:

Meghan Flanz, Acting General Counsel, Office of General Counsel

Donnie Hachey, Chief Counsel for Operations, Board of Veterans’ Appeals

Dave McLenachen, Director of Appeals Management Office, Veterans Benefits Administration

Margaret Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support Program, Veterans Health Administration

James Ruhlman, Assistant Director for Policy & Procedures, Veterans Benefits Administration

Phil Parker, Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction




Louis J. Celli, Jr., Director, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, The American Legion

Kayda Keleher, Associate Director, National Legislative Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Adrian Atizado, Deputy National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans

Allison Jaslow, Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

J. David Cox, National President, American Federation of Government Employees



  1. Dr. Jennifer S. Lee
    Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services
    Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Mr. Lou Celli
    Director, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division
    The American Legion
  3. Ms. Kayda Keleher
    Associate Director, National Legislative Service
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
  4. Mr. Adrian Atizado
    Deputy National Legislative Director
    Disabled American Veterans
  5. Ms. Allison Jaslow
    Executive Director
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  6. Mr. J. David Cox
    National President
    American Federation of Government Employees

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