LAWMAKERS DEMAND VA OVERHAUL BUT LACK CLEAR PATH OR SPECIFIC TIMELINE FORWARD - September 8, 2016
Lawmakers Demand Action on VA Overhaul Without Laying Out Clear Path Forward
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Lawmakers vowed to take action based on a report recommending an overhaul of the way the Veterans Affairs Department delivers health care, despite expressing deep concerns with some of the proposals and acknowledging some of the changes would take years to implement.
Several members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said at a hearing Wednesday some of the proposals included in the report were political landmines, noting enacting its proposals would require bold and risky decisions. Leaders of the Commission on Care, created by a 2014 VA reform law to provide suggestions for improving the Veterans Health Administration, issued its more-than-one-year-in-the-making recommendations in July.