CHA News Article

Agreement Reached on VA Health Care Legislation
Congress to vote this week on bill

House and Senate leaders have released an agreement to address ongoing problems at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). The bill, agreed to last night by the conference committee, will take a number of steps to ease access for veterans seeking health care from non-VA providers. The agreement requires that payments to non-VA providers be no greater to those paid under Medicare and allows the VA to negotiate higher rates for care provided in highly rural areas. The legislation also requires prompt payment for services, and calls for the VA Secretary to provide an efficient nationwide system for processing and paying claims no later than 90 days after the law’s enactment. CHA worked closely with conference committee members Reps. Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Mark Takano (D-CA) and thanks them for their contributions to the agreement. Congress is expected to vote on the legislation before it adjourns for its August recess at the end of this week.