Commission on Care Report Reaffirms VA’s Commitment to Veterans
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald has released a statement following the release of the Commission on Care final report. President Obama called for this report in 2014 as part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. For the past two years, the Commission and its officers have conducted research to determine the best course of action for utilizing veterans’ health care resources.
You can download the nearly 300-page report from the Commission on Care’s website. The report includes data on all aspects of the current veterans’ health care system and the needs of U.S. veterans. Assessment of this data comes with recommendations on how various branches of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and VA should conduct business going forward.
Secretary McDonald praised the Commission for its dedication to the project and noted he was, “pleased to see that many of their recommendations are in line with our MyVA efforts to transform the VA into a veteran-centric organization.”
Some of the proposed changes already submitted to congressional review include:
- Approval of the bi-partisan Veterans First Act
- Consolidating VA’s Community Care programs
- Modernizing and reforming the claims appeals process
In addition to those current initiatives, VA officials will review the report’s recommendations and develop new strategies and initiatives to continue building on the MyVA progress. The VA recently broke records in the number of health care appointments completed with 5.3 million at VA facilities and double the authorizations to external care facilities when compared to March 2014.
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