New Hampshire — After three years of pressure from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will expand its community partnership with Concord Hospital, meaning that New Hampshire veterans will have in-state access to acute inpatient hospital care from the VA. Concord Hospital currently offers traditional acute care services in 24 medical specialties.
“This is great news for New Hampshire veterans,” declared Congresswoman Shea-Porter.
“It is appalling that many of our oldest and sickest veterans have been forced to travel out of state for acute inpatient hospital care. This partnership will help ensure that our veterans receive the care they need and deserve.”
Ensuring New Hampshire veterans have access to full-service health care has been a top priority for Congresswoman Shea-Porter. The Veterans Health Equity Act, which would increase access to medical care for New Hampshire veterans, was introduced in the 110th Congress and then reintroduced in the first days of the 111th Congress by Shea-Porter. Congresswoman Shea-Porter, with the New Hampshire Delegation, sent a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki urging him to expand access consistent with her legislation. Shea-Porter also testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and before the Budget Committee in the 110th and 111th Congress.
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 have been forced to travel out of state in order to receive medical care.