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Veterans

"As a veteran and a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I am committed to streamlining and modernizing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and will focus on improving the Veterans Health Administration to better serve our veterans and their families."

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is plagued by reports of flawed governance, inadequate facilities, insufficient staffing, antiquated IT systems, falsified records, claims processing backlogs, and long wait-times.

The Veterans Health Administration’s focus on hospital-centered care does not reflect modern community-focused care. We no longer require rows of inpatient beds in massive hospitals – we require a flexible system that addresses individuals’ unique needs.  The needs of our veterans are not being met and these inadequacies are unacceptable. Veterans and their families have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we must uphold our promises to them.  It is time we focus on supporting our veterans, rather than supporting a system that hasn’t kept up. We must address the priorities of today’s population by ensuring the money follows the veteran. I am committed to reviewing programs to see how our veterans can be better served.

 

 

More on Veterans

May 16, 2018 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act, which streamlines and expands several VA programs. Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is a cosponsor of this legislation.

The VA MISSION Act:

May 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 5693, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, which increases choice and expands access to consolidated home health services at Medical Foster Homes (MFH).

November 11, 2017 Blog Post

As we commemorate Veterans Day this weekend, communities will gather to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes. We will remember the brave men and women that have answered the call to duty, and we will thank them for their service. We must also remember the commitment that has been made to our veterans and their families.

November 6, 2017 Press Release

Members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, led by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline VA’s community care accounts into one veteran-centric program that replaces the Choice Program, removing the current 30-day, 40-mile requirement to give veterans more timely access to community care. Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is cosponsoring the bill.

Congressman Higgins released the following statement:

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following response to passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act for FY 18.

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 3308, a bill calling for improvements and consolidation of two veteran caregiver programs within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
 
These programs – General Caregiver Support Services and Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers – provide assistance and support services as well as counseling, training, and mental health services for immediate family members and caregivers of disabled veterans.
 

June 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblowers Protection Act of 2017 into law.