Corbett Secures Support of Nation’s Governors to Call for Swift Action, Better
Care for Veterans
President Obama to Allow States to Inspect VA Facilities to Ensure Compliance,
Patient Safety and Quality of Care.
Harrisburg- In an effort led by Governor Tom
Corbett, six governors representing nearly 5 million veterans today called on
President Obama to immediately put the health and safety of our nation’s
veterans first and bring quick and decisive reforms to end the problems
plaguing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ health system nationwide.
strongly standing together to defend those who have defended us, my fellow
governors and I are recommending to President Obama state-based action we can
take to assist in addressing the current crisis with the Veterans Health
Administration (VHA),” Corbett said.
urges President Obama to allow states to conduct reviews of VHA facilities and
recommend solutions by those outside of the current failed system, which will
ensure accountability as changes are put into place to support our veterans
with optimal care.
also calls for the immediate suspension of the current VHA bonus system and to
redirect that money for health care block grants, based upon the percentage of
veterans in the state. Additionally, the Governors are seeking federal
vouchers to access non-VA health care for any veteran who is unable to secure a
medical appointment within a 30-day period from the VA.
Governor Rick Scott worked in partnership with Gov. Corbett in support of this
former member of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania
National Guard, noted that Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans,
making it the fourth largest veteran population in the country.
addition, the governor has launched an easy to complete, internet-based form
for Pennsylvania veteran’s to report concerns experienced at VA hospitals and
facilities in Pennsylvania. The form can be accessed at http://www.vaconcerns.pa.gov.
Inspector General’s report of the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates
wide-spread delays in patient care throughout the VA health system,” Corbett
said. “We need to know how widespread this problem is in Pennsylvania in order
to fix it, and this web form will provide us the crucial information we need to
work with the Federal Government to secure the care our veterans deserve.”
Pennsylvania DMVA will compile all issues reported through the web form and
forward those concerns to federal officials to help ensure that the needs of
Pennsylvania veterans are addressed.
brave men and women have earned every ounce of our respect and admiration, and
they deserve quality health care in the country for which they sacrificed so
much,” Corbett said.
McEvoy, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Nissley DMVA 717-861-8720
Note: A copy
of the letter can be viewed here.