Higgins Introduces Bill to Improve Veterans Caregiver Programs
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.
The bill directs the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an audit and implement changes within 24 months of completion. The bill not only mandates action on future recommendations, but also implements best practices identified in previous audits.
“Family caregivers are a critical support system for our wounded veterans. Their sacrifices help our veterans recover and make day-to-day life possible,” said Rep. Higgins. “We have a sacred obligation to care for our veterans and, by extension, the unsung heroes who tend to their everyday needs.”
This legislation highlights the need for modern data systems in the VHA and looks for cost-saving, consolidation measures that will help the post-9/11 veteran caregiver program expand to serve additional families.
This bill is the latest effort by Congressman Higgins to reform practices at the VA and ensure better care for America’s veterans. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation with Senator Cassidy to allow veterans to access urgent care facilities in their communities, and he recently helped get a landmark VA accountability bill signed into law.
“I have been a loud and vocal supporter of bringing much-needed change to the VA, disrupting the status quo,” said Rep. Higgins. “I’ll continue working on behalf of my veteran brothers and sisters to raise accountability and ensure that the VA and VHA are fulfilling their duty to our veterans.”