Representative Love introduces VA reform bill

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Utah Representative Mia Love is introducing a bill to help ensure the medical needs of veterans are being met.

It’s the Veterans Health Care Integrity Act. The idea is to hold the VA more accountable and shift some of the oversight to Congress.

Military men and women put it all on the line when they volunteer to serve.

“I don’t know how we can ever forget those sacrifices. We are who we are today, because of that. We enjoy the blessings that we enjoy, because of those families,” said Love, (R) Utah.

Love says our country can do a better job at keeping the promise to take care of our veterans.

Her bill is inspired, in part by the exposed VA scandal.

“To me, that was absolutely inappropriate. And I just felt as if we talk about it, we’re all concerned about the issue, but no one was really doing anything that was actually going to solve the problem,” said Love.

Her bill would make the VA to live up to its stated directives. For example: getting clients in within 30 days, with no waivers to bypass the requirement.

It will also require the six under secretaries of the VA to get senate confirmation, just like the VA secretary.

“So, that we ensure we have qualified, experienced under secretaries that are making all the decisions for our veterans.”

Love is teaming up with democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. A companion bill also has bipartisan support in the Senate.

“This is not a right or a left issue, it’s a right and wrong issue,” said Love.

The bill has been introduced and Love is hoping to get it on a fast track to approval.

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