Congressman introduces bill to improve healthcare access for LA veterans
POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 3:13pm
Washington D.C. (NBC33) — Congressman Charles Boustany of South Louisiana has introduced the Local Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 5097), which would allow Louisiana veterans to receive medical care from local, non-VA providers.
The Local Care Act would require that the VA give veterans the option to enroll in a VA program that offers contracts with non-VA providers if the patient lives in an area without adequate access to healthcare facilities.
Like VA clinics across the country, clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles report overcrowding and access problems to primary care and numerous other services.
Congressman Boustany said: “The Local Care for Veterans Act offers better choices for VA patients, allowing them to seek care from private healthcare providers if their options within the VA are limited.”
Even though a House and Senate Committee is negotiating a compromise that would authorize new VA clinics in Louisiana, Boustany says building more clinics takes time, which “veterans don’t have to waste.”