Roby Questions VA Secretary about Veterans Choice
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) questioned Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald about the progress made in improving health care through implementation of the Veterans Choice Program.
In July, Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 to provide much needed reform and improve access to quality care for veterans. Roby supported the measure and continues to pursue reform at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. Referring to a lack of accountability and false information about access to care provided by CAVHCS, Roby cited her own continued distrust of the system.
“These veterans have suffered horribly at the hands of bad actors,” Rep. Roby said to Secretary McDonald. “I’m looking forward to the day when I can stand with you behind the podium and celebrate the successes of the VA, but we’re not there and you know that.”
Over the last year, Rep. Roby has worked to increase veterans’ access to outside local providers when the local VA facility either doesn’t offer the needed care or has a long wait time. She has championed the Patient Centered Community Care, or PC3, which allows the VA to contract with local health care providers.
VA has shown a greater willingness to utilize PC3 to help veterans, but Rep. Roby said there must be more, particularly in Central Alabama.
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