Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012
Thanks to the Budget Control Act of 2011, veterans healthcare may be affected by sequestration in January 2013. The cuts would result in up to a 2% cut to VA healthcare. It may not sound like much, but a 2% cut would potentially affect a veteran’s ability to receive healthcare in a timely manner, affect the VA’s ability to hire and retain medical staff including doctors and nurses, and affect the VA’s ability to acquire much needed medical equipment and supplies like prescription drugs.
House Vererans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller has stated, “Despite repeated requests made to the President and Secretary of Veterans Affairs over the past six months, I have not received any assurance — and more important, nor have our veterans — that these cuts will not take place.”
In response to the lack of an answer from the Administration to clarify the law and rule in favor of US veterans, Miller has introduced H.R. 3895, the Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012 which would ensure that funding for America’s veterans are not cut, today or in the future.
H.R. 3895 has received support from many military groups, including The American Legion, the Fleet Reserve Association, NAUS, AUSN, Blinded Veterans Association and the Association of the U.S. Army.
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has several ways you can stay informed about their progress. Visit their website at Veterans.House.Gov/3895 or join the Facebook page at Facebook.com/HouseVetsAffairs. If you are on Twitter, you can follow them at Twitter.com/HouseVetAffairs and with the hashtags