Washington, DC— Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter reintroduced legislation requiring the Veterans Administration to provide New Hampshire veterans with the same services veterans in other states receive at their full service hospitals. Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s bill, “The Veterans Health Equity Act,” will requires that veterans in each of the 48 contiguous states have access to at least one full-service hospital of the Veterans Health Administration or receive comparable services provided by contract. The Veterans Equity Health Act was the first piece of legislation Shea-Porter introduced in the new Congress.
“It is terrible that many of our oldest and our sickest veterans are forced to travel out of state for medical care,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I will continue to stand up for our veterans and will work to ensure they have the benefits they need and deserve.”
The Veterans Equity Health Act requires the Secretary of the VA to ensure, with respect to the 48 contiguous States, veterans have access to either:
At least one full-service VA hospital in the state; orHospital care and medical services comparable to the services provided in full-service hospitals through contract with other health care providers in the state.
The legislation ensures that the VA will provide veterans with services in-state. New Hampshire is the only state that does not have a full service VA hospital or comparable services through a military facility. Although there are more than 130,000 veterans currently living in New Hampshire, many are forced to travel out of state for medical care.