Joe Heck

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

VA Embraces Heck Proposal as Part of New National Medical Professional Recruitment Effort

2014/08/29

HENDERSON -- As part of ongoing efforts to improve care and customer service at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), new VA Secretary Robert McDonald today announced the start of a national recruitment effort to bring "the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs." One of the policies included in this effort is based on legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03). 

According to the VA's press release, one step in the new national recruitment effort is "Improving the credentialing process for VA and DoD health care providers which will involve sharing credentials to speed up the process."

Rep. Heck's legislation, entitled the VA Credentialing and Privileging Improvement Act, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept the credentials of Department of Defense physicians and expedite the granting of clinical privileges. It was introduced in conjunction with passage of H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, legislation that makes major reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Upon hearing of the adoption of this policy, Rep. Heck said, “I’m pleased Secretary McDonald has included reforms to the credentialing process in this new recruitment effort. It demonstrates the solutions-based approach he is bringing to the VA. This policy will bridge the access to care gap for our veterans while maintaining the high quality of care they deserve.”

Rep. Heck mentioned his pending legislation to Secretary McDonald during his recent trip to Las Vegas.  

The VA's press release on the new national recruitment effort is pasted below.

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Secretary McDonald Announces the Start of a National Recruitment Effort to Bring Needed Medical Professionals to VA

Recruitment of Additional Medical Providers Will Increase Access to Care

WASHINGTON – Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans.

“At VA, we have the most inspiring mission and the greatest clients of any healthcare system in the world. That’s exactly the message I’m going to share as I speak with health care professionals and students about the value of serving at VA,” said Secretary McDonald. “We have taken action to get Veterans off of wait lists and into clinics in the short-term, but in the long-term, in order to provide timely access to care, we need to build capacity by hiring more clinicians. We need the best doctors and nurses serving Veterans, and that is why I will be out recruiting, leveraging the existing relationships and affiliations VA has with many academic institutions, and talking directly to medical professionals about joining us to fulfill our exceptional mission of caring for those who ‘shall have borne the battle.’”

VA is taking multiple steps to expand capacity at our facilities, to provide Veterans the timely care they have earned and deserve.  In addition to Secretary McDonald’s direct messages to clinicians and clinicians-in-training, these steps include:

* Collaborating on a new nursing academic partnership (VA Nursing Academic Partnerships or VANAP) focused on psychiatric and mental health care to build stronger, mutually beneficial relationships between nursing schools and VA facilities.

* Partnering with the Department of Defense Health Affairs, Army, Navy, and Air Force to improve recruitment of recently or soon to be discharged health care professionals. VHA is already taking advantage of known separations of military health care workers.

Expanding of a pilot program to bring combat medics and corpsmen in to VA facilities as clinicians

* Improving the credentialing process for VA and DoD health care providers which will involve sharing credentials to speed up the process.

* Expanding of the loan repayment program, as included in the recently passed Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act

Considering options to revise pay tables to offer more competitive salaries for VA providers, in comparison to their academic and private practice colleagues. 

These actions build on existing recruitment tools, including partnerships between local facilities and academic institutions, loan repayment programs, and scholarship programs.

“In order to recruit and retain the highest quality medical professionals, VA needs to be competitive with other healthcare systems, and ultimately that is how we provide the best care to our Veteran patients,” said Interim Under Secretary for Health Carolyn M. Clancy.

To learn more about how to work in VA health care and serve our Nation’s Veterans, please visit: www.vacareers.va.gov.

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First Annual Congressional College Fair

2014/08/19

Clack County School District (CCSD) is the fifth largest school district in the United States serving over three hundred thousand of Nevada’s future leaders. With such a large and diverse student population, it is imperative that community and government leaders recognize the critical importance of providing students and their families with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed after high school graduation.

That is why I am joining with CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky to host the First Annual Congressional College Fair.  With assistance from local universities, colleges, technical institutions and student groups, it is our goal to provide an all-encompassing look at what southern Nevada’s high school students and their families can expect and achieve from a post-secondary education.

Below you will find a list of schools attending this year's event. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Turcaz in my Nevada office at 702-387-4941.

Schools

University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of Nevada, Reno College of Southern Nevada Nevada State College Touro University Le Cordon Bleu Roseman University ITT Tech The Art Institutes Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences William S. Boyd School of Law Southern Utah University National University Sierra Nevada college Sanford-Brown College Las Vegas University of Oklahoma Grand Canyon University New Mexico State University

Service Academies

West Point Annapolis Air Force Coast Guard

Student Organizations

CSUN (UNLV student Gvt)

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Heck Issues Statements on House Border Votes

2014/08/03

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) tonight released the following statements after House votes to address the crisis at the southern border.

On H.R. 5230, making supplemental appropriations to address the crisis at the southern border:

“This bill provides the funding and policy changes necessary to humanely address the crisis at our southern border.” – Congressman Joe Heck

 

On H.R. 5272, to prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States:

“While I do not agree with the President going around Congress to implement DACA, I cannot in good conscience vote to close the door on those individuals who have been given the opportunity to make a life for themselves in the only country they have ever known.” – Congressman Joe Heck 

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Heck Backs VA Reform Legislation

2014/07/30

Announces introduction of bill to speed VA privileging of DoD doctors

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today supported House passage of H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, legislation that makes major reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill provides $17 billion in funding to improve access and quality of care for veterans, expand the VA's capacity to provide care to veterans, bring needed accountability to the VA, and improve education benefits for veterans and their dependents. The bill passed the House by a vote of 420 to 5.

"This bill is an important first step towards bringing needed accountability to the VA and improving access to care for our veterans," Rep. Heck said. "I'm glad House and Senate leaders were able to agree to this compromise and put the needs of our veterans first, but our work is far from done. I will continue working with local veterans, veterans service organizations, and VA officials, as well as my colleagues in Congress, to make sure that the House of Representatives and the VA are both responsive to the needs of those men and women who have made great sacrifices for our country.”

In addition, Rep. Heck will introduce legislation tomorrow that would improve access to care for veterans by requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept the credentials of Department of Defense physicians and expedite the granting of clinical privileges. In some cases, DoD-credentialed doctors wishing to treat patients at a VA facility have to wait months to be granted the proper clinical privileges needed to practice. The VA Credentialing and Privileging Improvement Act would streamline this process and allow more doctors to practice within the VA, thus improving access to care for veterans.

"The policies in the VA reform bill will take some time to implement," Rep. Heck said. "My bill would help bridge the access to care gap at VA facilities by immediately allowing DoD physicians to practice within the VA system. More doctors will shorten wait times for our veterans while maintaining the quality of care they deserve."

Related: Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial says Rep. Heck's proposal to streamline privileging process "would be extremely helpful for Las Vegas veterans." Read more here.

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck Applauds Three Kids Mine Bill Being Signed into Law

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement upon learning that President Barack Obama signed H.R. 697, the Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act, into law.

The bill provides an innovative public-private partnership solution to finally clean up the abandoned Three Kids Mine site in Henderson at no cost to federal taxpayers. It is estimated that the clean up and development of the Three Kids Mine site could create as many as 3,000 jobs over the life of the project.

"This new law will help get southern Nevada back to work," Rep. Heck said. "If Nevada's economy is going to continue improving, it will need room to grow. That is the long-term economic development opportunity this law provides the city of Henderson."

Rep. Heck continued, “Today is a perfect example of how the Nevada delegation can come together and advance issues important to our local communities. I look forward to working with Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, the Henderson City Council, and all of the stakeholders to get the Three Kids Mine redevelopment project off the ground as soon as possible."

“I would like to congratulate Congressman Heck for creating an innovative solution for the cleanup of the Three Kids Mine Site,” said Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce. “The law calls for a public-private partnership to clean up a mine that the federal government neglected for so many years.  This new law will not cost taxpayers a dime, will help the environment, and will create thousands of direct jobs while allowing for future economic development on the property.”

THREE KIDS MINE TIMELINE:

February 14, 2013 - Rep. Heck Introduces Bill to Clean Up Three Kids Mine Site

July 22, 2013 - Three Kids Mine Bill Passes House

July 10, 2014 - Senate Passage of Three Kids Mine Bill

July 25, 2014 - President Obama signs H.R. 697 into law

BACKGROUND:

* The Three Kids Mine site is a 1,260 acre abandoned manganese mine and mill site located along the south side of Lake Mead Drive, across the highway from Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson.

* The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey the Federal lands at the project site – approximately 948 acres – at fair market value taking into account the costs of investigating and remediating the entire site, which includes an additional 314 acres of now-private lands that were used historically in mine operations.

* In return for conveying the land at fair market value, the Federal Government will also receive a release of liability for cleanup of both the Federal and private lands.

* Before the Federal lands are conveyed, the State must enter into a binding consent agreement under which the cleanup of the entire project site will occur.

* This agreement must include financial assurances to ensure the completion of the remediation and reclamation of the site.

* The cleanup will be financed with private capital and Nevada tax increment financing at no cost to the Federal government.

* H.R. 697 is the result of more than five years of work among the City of Henderson Redevelopment Agency, the Department of the Interior, the State of Nevada, and private entities.

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Heck's Anti-Trafficking Bill Passes House

2014/07/25


Bill could bring more help to survivors of sex trafficking

2014/07/25


Rep. Joe Heck: Working to #EndTrafficking

2014/07/24


House bill targets homeless youth, runaways

2014/07/24


Heck's Youth Trafficking Victim Support Bill Passes House

2014/07/24

Legislation builds off input from May panel discussion, previous House action to combat trafficking

WASHINGTON – The House passed bipartisan legislation today introduced by Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) to provide additional support to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of severe trafficking.  Severe trafficking includes youth forced to perform manual labor or commercial sex acts.  The bill passed the House unanimously.  

H.R. 5076, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act, was introduced following an anti-human trafficking panel Rep. Heck hosted in Henderson in May. One area of agreement on the panel discussion was that more resources were needed for victims’ advocacy and support, especially for at-risk youth. This bill, developed from information provided by constituents at home, helps address that issue.

"Our nation’s runaway and homeless youth deserve access to services that will help them escape a life of crime, abuse, and neglect. By passing this simple fix to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act we can ensure that those suffering from the trauma of these deplorable acts will have access to the care and support they need." - Rep. Joe Heck

Background:

The Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act:

* Enables the Secretary of Health and Human Services to apply existing grant resources to train relevant staff on the effects of human trafficking in runaway and homeless youth victims, and for developing state-wide strategies to serve such youth.

  * Allows the secretary to utilize the Street Outreach Program to provide street-based services for runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking.

Rep. Heck's Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act was included as part of a second round of anti-human trafficking legislation advanced by the House aimed at achieving the dual goals of ending the human trafficking epidemic and assisting the victims.

The transient nature of the Las Vegas population and the city's status as a major national and international travel destination make it a target for individuals who engage in human trafficking. In fact, according to the Attorney General's website, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has recovered 2,229 victims of sex trafficking since 1994 and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline has received 496 calls from around Nevada since 2009.

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Washington, DC 20515
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On November 2, 2010, Joe Heck was elected to the United States Congress as Nevada’s Representative for the Third Congressional District. Heck is only the third person to hold this seat since its creation. He serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Armed Services Committee where he is Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He was also the only freshman appointed to serve on the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, and chairs the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.

Dr. Heck has more than 25 years in public service as a physician, Army Reservist, and community volunteer. Previously, Heck served as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant, Search & Rescue team member, and SWAT physician. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was called to active duty three times, including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a small business owner, he served as the President and Medical Director of Specialized Medical Operations, Inc., a corporation dedicated to providing quality medical training, consulting, and operational support to Law Enforcement, EMS and Military Special Operations. Dr. Heck has lectured and published widely on special operations medical support, the medical response to acts of terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response.

Dr. Heck represented Nevada State Senate District 5 from 2004 through 2008, serving on the Natural Resources, Human Resources and Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees, and as Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.

Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Joe moved to Southern Nevada in 1992. A 1984 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Health Education, he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1992. In July 2006 he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, earning a Masters of Strategic Studies.

Joe is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13456, American Legion Paradise Post 149, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 36 and Catholic War Veterans Post 1947. He enjoys reading and playing/coaching lacrosse.

Joe and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have three children: Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III.


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NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

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