WASHINGTON (June 18, 2014) U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, has been named to a conference committee that will reconcile House and Senate versions of a bill that would give veterans access to private health care under some circumstances.
The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act would allow veterans who experience long waits for VA appointments or who live at least 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic to use private doctors enrolled as providers for Medicare or other government programs.
The bill's goal is to address an uproar over veterans' health care following reports veterans have died while waiting to see a VA doctor.
“It has been disheartening to learn that the VA has been failing to do its primary job and our veterans are suffering because of the VA’s blatant misconduct and mismanagement. I look forward to coming together with my fellow conferees to iron out the differences between our respective bills to ensure our veterans are receiving proper, timely care. I am focused on creating a more accountable VA with a smaller bureaucracy that is committed to putting the care of our nation’s veterans first,” Flores said in a statement Wednesday.