Congressman Conaway Statement on passage of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014:
Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement on passage of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014:
“This bill addresses veterans’ access to quality health care and holds the Veterans Administration accountable.
“Veterans will have access to quality care thanks to a newly created Veterans Choice Fund. The fund will expand hospital care to veterans through non-VA providers who participate in Medicare, federally-qualified health centers, Department of Defense funded facilities, and the Indian Health Service. The Veterans Choice Fund would be available to veterans who are unable to schedule an appointment within 30 days, reside more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility, or live in a state that does not have a VA facility.
“The bill addresses the need for accountability, by giving the Secretary of the Veteran's Affairs the authority to remove incompetent or corrupt Senior Executive Service employees. The VA inspector general’s report found that there was no accountability for poor performance or corruption. The lack of accountability has directly contributed to the poor care for our veterans. I will work with my colleagues to closely monitor if these changes improve the care that our veterans are receiving. We have no greater responsibility than to take care of the men and women who have served our country.”