Shea-Porter Supports Bill Clarifying Veterans' Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today voted for legislation that will clarify health care benefits for individuals who have disabilities related to their parents’ exposure to agent orange.  H.R. 5014 clarifies that coverage provided by the VA to these individuals qualifies as the “minimum essential coverage” under the new health care law.

 “This bill ensures that individuals who are suffering from disabilities related to their parents’ exposure to agent orange do not have to purchase additional coverage,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “Those who served in Vietnam and Korea and their families have made enormous sacrifices for our country, and this bill is the right thing to do.”

This legislation is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The U.S. Senate passed a similar bill (S. 3162) earlier this year.