VA progress is being made – but there is still work to be done

Veterans heard some good news today. According to the Associated Press, VA referrals to private doctors are on the rise. This is largely in part to the House-passed bill H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014This bill allocates money to private doctors to treat veterans who are unable to get appointments at a VA hospital, either because of wait times or distance. H.R. 3230 was signed into law by President Obama, and within two months, the VA has made more than 838,000 referrals for veterans to receive care from private doctors – a 25% increase.

However, House Republicans know that this is just the beginning – there is still a lot of work to be done for our veterans. While visiting home districts, many members visited and spoke with veterans about their concerns and hopes for the VA and life after the military.