Congressman Biggs Introduces Veterans Health Care Freedom Act
On Friday, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act to ensure that America’s veterans have greater access to the health care they need and deserve. This bill removes barriers to free – market health care by allowing veterans to access primary, specialty, and mental care at non-VA facilities and outside of their corresponding Veterans Integrated Service Networks. Additionally, this bill requires the VA to give veterans information about eligibility, cost sharing, treatment options, and providers so that they are able to make informed decisions.
“Seven years ago this month it was discovered that more than forty veterans had died while waiting for health care from the Phoenix VA. Our veterans were forced into a health care system that did not meet their physical or mental health needs. They faced long wait times and poor service. While we have seen marked improvement, some problems still exist.
This legislation is a step in the right direction that ensures our veterans will be able to obtain timely and quality care. By allowing our veterans to access community care facilities, we can ensure that no veteran goes without care. I am proud to fight for our veterans in Washington and will continue to fight for them until they get the care they deserve. I look forward to working with my colleagues, veteran advocates, and the Administration to pass this bill and ensure our veterans get the care they deserve.” – Congressman Andy Biggs
“Concerned Veterans for America supports this legislation that will honor the sacrifices made by veterans and empower them with greater choice and flexibility to access health care in their local community. This approach to expanding choice for veterans is a solution to meet the changing needs of today and tomorrow’s veterans.” – Dan Caldwell, Concerned Veterans for America
“This legislation will provide veterans with more choice and greater quality of health care. The Military Order of the Purple Heart fully supports the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act.” – Chuck Byers, National Legislative Director for the Military Order of the Purple Heart
The bill has eight co-sponsors: Rep. Salazar (FL-27), Rep. Gaetz (FL-1), Rep. Herrell (NM-2), Rep. Budd (NC-13), Rep. Greene (GA-14), Rep. Williams (TX-25), Rep. Good (VA-5), & Rep. McClain (MI-10).