Veteran calls for VA hospital rule change


WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) This Veterans Day, a California vet says Congress needs to change a rule that can prevent vets from getting compensation for malpractice at a VA hospital.

Former Marine Sgt. Brian Tally now suffers long-term health problems after he was misdiagnosed at a VA hospital. Now there’s proposed legislation to make sure it never happens again.

Tally is on a mission. He’s fighting to make VA health care accountable to the veterans who seek treatment. The former marine says he suffered long-term injuries after being misdiagnosed by a doctor at a VA hospital.

“My family and I have been through hell,” said Tally.

Tally says the VA was by law able to deny his malpractice claim because the doctor who saw him was an independent contractor, not an actual VA doctor.

Being a veteran, you wouldn’t know the difference, they have VA IDs, a VA doctors coat

Tally traveled from California to Washington DC. to share his story on Capitol Hill.

He went from office to office urging lawmakers to change the outdated law.

 “He’s doing this not for himself anymore he is doing this for the country and other veterans,” said Virginia Congressman Dave Brat.

Brat heard Tally’s story and is now sponsoring what’s known as the Tally Bill. Brat says it would improve care at the VA for the nation’s veterans and hold the VA accountable.

“If you go off to a contractor and they don’t handle it well the VA will still be responsible for your healthcare going forward,” said Brat.

Brat, who is leaving Congress in January, believes the legislation will gain bi-partisan support and become law. Tally says he’ll continue to fight until his mission is complete. 

“My goal is to get this Tally Bill approved through Congress to help protect veterans from here on out.”

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