Veterans Affairs

Committee on Veterans Affairs

Phil Roe

“Legislative Hearing on: Draft legislation, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017; H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act; H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act; H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Account...

2017/03/29


HVAC Schedule March 27 – 31

2017/03/24

Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) today released the hearing schedule for March 27 – 31. The following event is open to the press: WHO: Subcommittee on Health WHAT: Legislative Hearing WHEN: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov Legislation Draft legislation: The Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017 H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act H.R. 95: The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act H.R. 467: The VA Scheduling Accountability Act H.R. 907: The Newborn Care Improvement Act H.R. 918: The Veterans Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act H.R. 1005: To improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans H.R. 1162: The No Hero Left Untreated Act H.R. 1545: To clarify VA’s authority to disclose certain patient information to state controlled substance monitoring programs H.R. 1662: To prohibit smoking in any VHA facility Read More

“Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers”

2017/03/22

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HVAC/SVAC Hearing to receive the Legislative Presentations from Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (JWV, FRA, AFSA, MOPH, American Ex-POW, BVA, TREA, IAVA, MOAA)

2017/03/22

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Wenstrup Introduces Legislation to Make VA 100% Smoke-Free

2017/03/22

Subcommittee on Health Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) introduced legislation to prohibit smoking in any Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility. Under this legislation, smoking would be banned inside VHA facilities immediately and outside VHA facilities within five years. “Exposure to secondhand smoke puts veteran patients at unnecessary risk. This common sense reform mitigates that risk by requiring VHA facilities to become 100% smoke-free within five years,” said Wenstrup, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. “As a doctor and veteran myself, ensuring that those who I have served alongside receive the best possible care is personal to me. But I believe it should be personal to every American. The least we can do for those who fought for us is ensure they receive the same considerations and treatments at the VA, as they would in the private-sector.” “The health and well-being of our nation’s heroes should always come first,” said Roe, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “This commonsense legislation would bring VA’s smoking policies into the 21st Century, ensuring veteran patients receive the same considerations as patients in the private-sector.” Background: According to VA, only 20 percent of veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration are smokers. Many non-smoking veteran patients are at an increased risk for cardiovascular events associated with exposure to secondhand smoke. The VHA currently provides 971 outdoor designated smoking areas and 15 indoor designated smoking areas, as required by the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992. In contrast, smoking is prohibited in non-VA federal facilities, indoor military facilities and in most private-sector national healthcare systems.  Read More

"Legislative hearing on H.R. 1461, the Veterans, Employees, and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2017.”

2017/03/21

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Chairman Roe Statement on Report of Veterans Crisis Line Continued Failures

2017/03/20

Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement in response to the newly released Office of Inspector General (OIG) report revealing continued failures of the Veterans Crisis Line: "It's unacceptable that the issues with the Veterans Crisis Line have still not been addressed, and I hope Secretary Shulkin will take immediate steps to correct these serious shortcomings. The Veterans Crisis Line is intended to be the first line of defense against veteran suicide, and we must ensure calls are being answered by a trained professional in a timely manner. I am extremely frustrated by the OIG's findings and will continue to conduct oversight so the men and women who answered the call to serve have their calls answered when they need help the most." Read More

House Passes Bill Improving VA’s Ability to Hire, Retain High-Quality Providers

2017/03/17

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1367, legislation to improve VA’s ability to recruit and retain high-quality health care providers and other professionals: “Providing the top-notch health care and benefits our nation’s veterans deserve is impossible without a strong workforce. H.R. 1367 would improve VA’s ability to recruit and retain the very best providers to treat our nation’s heroes, and I thank Rep. Wenstrup for his leadership on this important legislation.” H.R. 1367, introduced by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, contains a number of provisions that would strengthen VA’s ability to identify staffing shortages, recruit employees to fill vacant positions, quickly on-board new hires, and retain high-performing workers across the country. It also contains provisions that would improve leadership and accountability throughout VA and increase the number of veterans in the federal workforce. Read More

HVAC to Examine VHA’s Ability to Recruit, Retain High-Quality Employees

2017/03/17

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled, “Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers.” This hearing will examine the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to recruit and retain high quality clinical and administrative employees. The following event is open to the press: WHO: Subcommittee on Health WHAT: “Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers” WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building Background: In 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report which found that, “[VHA’s] limited human resources capacity combined with weak internal control practices has undermined VHA’s [Human Resources] operations and its ability to improve the delivery of health care services to veterans.” During this hearing, the subcommittee will discuss actions needed to address deficiencies within VHA’s overly bureaucratic and lengthy hiring processes that hinder VA’s ability to recruit and retain high-quality employees, as well as evaluate how staffing needs at the local level are identified and communicated, how recruitment and retention in high-need areas are prioritized and addressed, and whether significant increases in the total number of VHA employees over the last decade have improved the delivery of services to veteran patients. The subcommittee will also examine the impact of the recent federal hiring freeze on VHA’s workforce, as well as recent media reports alleging that the $2.5 billion dollars that Congress provided to increase hiring of clinical personnel across the VA healthcare system did not result in increased hiring. Read More

HVAC Schedule March 20 – 24

2017/03/17

Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) today released the hearing schedule for March 20 – 24. The following events are open to the press:   WHO: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity WHAT: Legislative Hearing WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017 WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov Legislation: H.R. 1461: Veterans, Employees, and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2017    WHO: House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees WHAT: “Joint Hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees to receive the Legislative Presentations from JWV, FRA, AFSA, MOPH, American Ex-POW, BVA, TREA, IAVA, MOAA” WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 WHERE: Senate Dirksen Ground Floor Room 50 and streaming at veterans.senate.gov   WHO: Subcommittee on Health WHAT: “Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers” WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov Read More

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3527
Fax 202-225-5486
veterans.house.gov


Membership

Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT