Veterans' Care Improvement
13, 2018, Washington D.C., Congressman Paul Cook (R-Apple
Valley) voted for HR 5895, which will improve Veterans’ care and strengthen
oversight at the VA. The Bill passed the House overwhelmingly.
Bill HR 5895 improves Veterans’ care in several ways.
Specifically, it includes provisions to care for seven million patients through
the VA, including funds for opioid abuse prevention, mental health, suicide
prevention outreach, and rural health initiatives. The Bill also modernizes the
VA’s electronic health record system and speeds up claim processing for more
than 450,000 veterans who are waiting for the compensation they earned.
It also strengthens oversight and accountability to ensure
taxpayer dollars are being used to best benefit our veterans by including
several measures to hold the VA accountable and address decisions that have
wasted money in the past. The bill will require rigorous reporting on the
status of VA claims processing and implement stronger oversight and limits on VA
Rep. Cook said, “This legislation provides crucial improvements in
caring for our veterans, too many of whom are still not getting the care they
need. It also puts in place increased oversight at the VA to ensure claims are
being processed in a more timely manner and make sure we aren’t wasting dollars
on bureaucracy that should be going to our Veterans’.”