VETERANS OVERHAUL BILL INTRODUCED IN HOUSE - June 8, 2016
Bill Would Turn Veterans Health Administration Into Nonprofit Corporation
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
A member of the House Republican leadership on Tuesday introduced a bill to completely overhaul the way veterans receive health care, in part by turning the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care component into a government-chartered nonprofit corporation.
The Caring for our Heroes in the 21st Century Act, introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, would create the Veterans Accountable Care Organization to manage the VA’s brick and mortar health care facilities. It also would launch the Veterans Health Insurance Program to manage VHA’s insurance programs, creating two separate entities to handle VA’s payer and provider functions.