Costa Applauds Passage of Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. — This week both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed the bipartisan Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014.  The legislation, which Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) proudly cosponsored, directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into contracts with non-VA facilities to ensure veterans have access to hospital care and medical services.    
“The Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 will help ensure that our veterans are receiving the high level of healthcare they have earned,” said Rep. Costa.  “I am pleased to be part of the bispartisan effort to reduce appointment wait-times and provide better access to care for those who have bravely served our country.”
Under the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, veterans who have waited longer than the wait-time goals of 14 days, have been notified by a VA facility that an appointment for hospital care or medical services is not available within wait-time goals, or reside more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility are eligible to be seen at a non-VA facility. 
“Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices for this nation and they deserve the best in healthcare,” said Costa.  “Congress must continue to make the medical care of our veterans a priority and fix the problems that have plagued the system for years.”