Congressman Scott Weighs In On VA Bill Signing

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a more than $16 billion dollar bipartisan bill aimed at improving the U.S. Veterans affairs system.1:42  The bill signing comes after a scandal over large numbers of veterans experiencing long wait times at VA facilities and some VA employees falsifying data in an attempt cover those wait times up.President Obama says the law will improve the amount of time it takes for veterans to receive care. The measure will allow veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or who have to wait more than 30 days for an appointment to receive care outside the VA System. Georgia Congressman David Scott is pleased about the bill signing. He says it will allow the hiring of thousands of new VA nurses, doctors and employees in VA facilities.“I am personally, personally delighted because part of what I had offered in my bills have been included in this bill, which deals with one of the most specific areas, and that is getting more psychiatrists, physicians, particularly primary care physicians and then the specialty care people,” said Scott.The measure also revises employment rules to make it easier to fire poorly performing senior VA executives. Scott is hopeful those changes will help at the Atlanta VA.“We’re going to monitor that, because so much is at the senior level, and you hope that’s why you have the senior manager there, so they can make sure that the proper message is carried on down the line. The other one is going to be how well our VA in Atlanta helps accommodate those veterans who live 40 miles away and want private care.”U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson is also pleased the president signed the bill. Isakson serves on the U.S. Senate Veterans affairs committee. In a statement, Isakson says the measure is an overdue step toward helping improve the quality and timeliness for care by giving veterans a choice.   Share 1:42 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more