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  • What They Are Saying: VSOs and Health Organizations Praise Sen. Moran’s Bill the GHAPS Act

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - recently introduced the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is serving veterans in hard-to-reach places. Please see the following statements in support of Sen. Moran's legislation the GHAPS Act: "The American Red Cross is proud to support the Guaranteeing Healthcare Ac...

  • Sens. Moran, Manchin, Cassidy, Collins, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act

    U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act to address the 2019 GAO Report which found the VA must take action to ensure its healthcare providers have the appropriate qualifications and clinical abilities to deliver safe, high quality care to Veterans. "West Virginia Veterans have experienced firsthand the impacts of the VA not properly vetting healthcare provide...

  • Ranking Member Moran, Chairman Tester Statements on the Resignation of Dr. Richard Stone

    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today released the following statements regarding Acting Under Secretary for Health Dr. Richard Stone's resignation from his post at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): "Dr. Stone always put veterans first, and I greatly appreciate his exemplary leadership of the VHA," said Sen. Moran. "I am confident that his guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic sa...

  • The American Legion Endorses GHAPS Act

    The American Legion today announced support for the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) as ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC). "We must ensure that America's veterans do not fall through the cracks of the VA healthcare system," said American Legion National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford. "It is imperative that VA provide care in a consistent, comprehensive, and transparent...

  • Ranking Member Moran Leads Introduction of Legislation to Address Gaps in Veteran Health Care

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - along with committee members Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) today introduced the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) i...

  • Ranking Member Moran Votes to Advance Toxic Exposure Bill

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran - ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today delivered opening remarks before voting to advance the Comprehensive and Overdue Support for Troops (COST) of War Act of 2021 out of committee. "The COST of War Act is trying to deliver on a promise this country made, that if you serve in the military and are injured or made ill because of that service, you won't go without health care for those conditions," said Sen. Moran. "This bill still needs...

  • Ranking Member Moran Shares Message To Veterans During Mental Health Awareness Month

    To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) addressed veteran mental health challenges from military service and shared available mental health resources in a video message to veterans. "Military service doesn't end when you take off the uniform," said Sen. Moran. "It is both an honor and burden that you will carry with you throughout your life. I am working to ensure you have the resources through the Department of V...

  • VA Announces Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccinations For Veterans, Spouses & Caregivers Following Sens. Moran, Tester Efforts

    Building off U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) successful efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide for eligible veterans, spouses and caregivers. The VA began administering COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, spouses and caregivers last month as a result of the Senators' bipartisan Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccinatio...

  • Sens. Moran, Peters, Lankford, Tester Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Benefits for National Guard and Reservists

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - the lead Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - joined Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing legislation to help members of the Reserve and National Guard to receive the benefits they have earned following their retirement or completion of service by ensuring they receive the same DD-214 form as other members of the military. The DD-214 form is often required by the Department of V...

  • Ranking Member Moran, Chairman Tester Lead Public Service Announcement Urging Veterans to Get Vaccinated

    To better protect communities nationwide from the coronavirus, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are leading a bipartisan public service announcement (PSA) encouraging veterans and their families to get vaccinated. Sens. Moran and Tester teamed up with committee members and Veterans Service Organizations to highlight the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in a bipartisan effort to increase vaccine confidence among ...

  • Sen. Moran Calls for Increased Oversight and Accountability to End Veteran Homelessness

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran - the lead Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - today hosted a roundtable discussion with SVAC Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), including members from the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Labor, and Housing and Urban Development (HOD), and veterans' advocates from across the country, including Mr. Eric Arganbright, program director for Catholics Charities Wichita Supportive Services for Veteran Families. The roundtable focused on veteran home...

  • VA Committees Introduce Bill to Expand In-State Tuition Benefits for Veteran Families

    This week, U.S. House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee members - U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Representatives Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and David Trone (D-Md.) - introduced legislation to expand in-state tuition eligibility for the families of veterans who die from service-connected disabilities. The Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) program provides educational benefits to survivors of veterans who died from a service-connected disab...

  • VA to Vaccinate National Archives and Records Administration Staff Following Bipartisan Push from Sens. Moran, Tester

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it will allocate COVID-19 vaccines to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) staff in order to support claims processing following a bipartisan push from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). On March 19, the Senators called on the Biden Administration to expedite vaccine distribution for National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) staff in order to increase i...

  • Sen. Moran, Rep. Bost Urge VA Secretary to Protect Veterans Access to VA Video Services

    This week, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) - ranking members of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees - urged Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough to find a solution that will ensure veterans in California are not negatively impacted by California's new law, the Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018. Currently, mobile carriers have agreements with the VA to provide VA Video Connect services to veterans at a reduced cost. Thes...

  • President Biden Signs Into Law Sen. Moran’s Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Veterans and Their Spouses

    Today, President Joe Biden signed into law bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Mike Bost (R-Ill.). This law will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse Act (SAVE LIVES Act) allow...

  • Sens. Moran, Tillis, Hassan Introduce Bill to Reform Care for Veterans Impacted by Toxic Exposure

    Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM) Act, bipartisan legislation that fundamentally reforms and improves how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Sen. Moran has been a vocal advocate for research on toxic exposures, leading efforts as chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee las...

  • Sens. Moran, Tester Introduce Bill to Bolster VA’s Pandemic Preparedness

    This week, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - introduced legislation to include the Department of the Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Department of Defense's (DoD) Warstopper program to ensure the VA has access to critical health care supplies in future pandemics. Through the Warstopper program, the Department of Defense contracts with manufacturers and suppliers to keep a medical inventory ...

  • Sen. Moran’s Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Veterans & Their Spouses Goes to President to be Signed Into Law

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation spearheaded by Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee leaders, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Mike Bost (R-Ill.), to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation passed the U.S. Senate on March 17th and now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. The Strengthening and Am...

  • Sen. Moran’s Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Veterans, Spouses & Their Families Passes the Senate

    Today the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The senators' legislation would allow VA to provide no-cost COVID vaccination services to all veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers, and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department ...

  • President Signs Moran, Tester Unemployed Veterans Retraining Legislation into Law

    This week, President Joe Biden signed into law, the FY2021 Budget Reconciliation bill, which included the Veterans Economic Recovery Act. Introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC) - earlier this year, this bill will assist unemployed veterans receive training for meaningful jobs to support themselves and their families. "We have made great strides to lower the veteran unemployment rate duri...

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