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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

Dr. Ruiz Votes to Pass Bipartisan Conference Report to Provide More Veteran-Centered Health Care

July 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) voted to pass the bipartisan Conference Report on H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. This bill seeks to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide more veteran-centered health care, allows veterans to access care outside of the VA, and includes sections from Dr. Ruiz’s bill, H.R. 5007, the Restoring Accountability in Veterans Access to Health Care Act.

“Today I voted to pass a bipartisan bill to reform the Department of Veterans affairs. This bill includes my legislation that will require the VA to address health care staffing shortages more efficiently to ensure veterans have enough doctors, requires an assessment of each VA medical facility's staffing to improve the speed of veteran's care, and to implement high-quality, veteran-centered care by requiring standardized scheduling training for Veterans Health Administration employees. As a physician I understand how important health care is for our veterans. This bill is an important first step focusing on bipartisan solutions to provide timely and high quality health care for our nation’s heroes.”

The Conference Report contains sections from Dr. Ruiz’s bill, H.R. 5007, the Restoring Accountability in Veterans Access to Health Care Act, requiring the VA to identify health care staffing shortages and fill them more efficiently, requiring the VA to assess each medical facility to ensure appropriate medical staffing levels, requiring standardized scheduling training, and requiring the VA to integrate technology into the scheduling system to make care for veterans more efficient and timely.

The Conference Report passed the House with a bipartisan vote. The Senate is expected to consider it this week.

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