First District Congressman Tim Walz Monday announced his support for the bipartisan conference committee compromise to reform the VA and increase access to care for veterans.
Walz, a member of the VA Reform Conference Committee, says the bill isn't perfect, but it does provide real solutions to help veterans and their families. He urges both chambers of Congress to swiftly pass this bipartisan legislation and send it to the President for his signature.
The bill increases health care choices and access to care for veterans by expanding the ability of veterans to see private doctors for care if a veteran resides more than 40 miles away from a VA facility or if they are forced to wait longer than one month to see a VA doctor.
The compromise authorizes the VA to lease and create 27 new major medical facilities across the country to increase access to care for veterans within the VA health care system. It also expands eligibility for counseling and treatment for sexual trauma survivors and ends the practice of tying bonuses to scheduling and wait-times metrics.