Costa Responds to VA Report on Veteran Wait Times

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) today responded to the release of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report on veteran wait times at VA Medical Centers nationwide. According to the report, new patients at the Fresno VA Medical Center wait an average of 25 days for a Primary Care appointment and 61 days for a Specialty Care appointment. 
“For our veterans, delayed health care is denied health care,” said Costa. “While this report shows that Fresno’s VA Medical Center was among the best in the country, we must act quickly to ensure all veterans are receiving the care they have earned.”
Costa called for swift action on the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014. Costa is an original cosponsor of this legislation, which would allow veterans to receive care from a non-VA health care facility if the veteran lives 40 miles from a VA medical facility or has waited longer than the wait-time goals for a medical appointment.
“As a nation, we have a sacred responsibility to care for those who have worn the uniform of the United States military. Congress ought to pass the Veterans Access to Care Act right away to ensure our veterans are receiving timely and quality health care,” said Costa.