On Wednesday, July 30, the United States House of Representatives passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The bill moves on to the Senate where it is expected to be voted on tomorrow.
- Authorizes 27 major medical facility leases throughout the nation and provides funding to the VA to hire physicians and medical staff, increasing access to care;
- Requires the VA to allow veterans unable to obtain appointments at VA medical facilities within 30 days to receive care outside the VA system. This would also apply to those veterans residing over 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility; and,
- Provides accountability within the VA, H.R. 3230 allows for easier removal of ineffective senior level officials at the agency and eliminates exorbitant bonuses for VA employees through FY 2024.