Second District State Rep. Jackie Walorski attended a bill-signing ceremony Thursday where President Barack Obama signed H.R. 3230. The bill aims to improve the Veterans Affairs health care system. Walorski serves as a member of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Conference Committee. Photo Provided
Second District State Rep. Jackie Walorski attended a bill-signing ceremony Thursday where President Barack Obama signed H.R. 3230. The bill aims to improve the Veterans Affairs health care system. Walorski serves as a member of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Conference Committee. Photo Provided
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Second District Representative Jackie Walorski attended a bill-signing ceremony Thursday where President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that will begin to reform the Department of Veteran Affairs.
“Today is proof that working together can open the door to continued reforms. Our brave men and women protected our country and we need to protect them,” Walorski said in a press release.
“I’m proud to have been a part of a conference committee where my colleagues put politics aside for the greater good of our vets. While today marks an important step forward in changing the culture at the VA, our work is far from over. Now, we need to roll up our sleeves and work with Secretary McDonald to ensure the VA makes the necessary changes to provide vets the care they deserve.”
H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act, which Walorski supported as a House conferee, was drafted in response to news across the country that veterans requesting doctor appointments were put on long waiting lists, resulting in many VA facilities falsifying and covering up wait times.
The new law, which passed the House and Senate last week with overwhelming bipartisan support, gives veterans greater access to health care if they live in a rural area or must wait over 30 days to see a doctor. In addition, it provides funding for additional doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, the release states.
Lastly, it gives the secretary the authority to fire poorly performing executives, just like any other company, which is almost impossible to do under the current system.