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Larson Votes in Favor of Greater Choice, Reduced Wait Times for Veterans

June 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act:

“Today the House put politics aside and did what’s right for our veterans,” said Larson. “The most recent reports are clear; we need to do more to ensure the brave men and women who fought for their nation are receiving the care they have earned. While I remain proud of the quality care Connecticut’s facilities are providing, this measure will address the issue of wait times across the country. I have been honored to discuss solutions with my veterans advisory council, who have long joined me in calling for greater choice and reduced wait times, and will be continuing our efforts to improve veteran services.”

The Veterans Access to Care Act seeks to improve health care access and choice for veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system by reducing their wait times and allowing them to seek care at non-VA facilities if certain scheduling goals are not met. The measure also ensures that veterans can use their VA coverage at non-VA facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA medical center or outpatient clinic.

Congressman Larson has long championed legislation to reduce wait times for veterans seeking care. Previously, Larson has introduced measures to allow veterans to use their existing VA coverage at a non-VA facility if their wait times exceed an appropriate limit, including the “21st Century Veterans Equitable Treatment Act” in the 107th, 108th, and 109th and 110th Congress.