VA to look at Marianas clinic

Jun 18, 2017
Improving VBA services to the Marianas- Andrew Gnau, National Work Queue; Alohalani Bullock-Jones, Program Analyst; Anna Crenshaw, Assistant Director, VA Policy, Procedures and Outreach, and (not in photo) Stacy Coggin, Congressional Relations.
VA to look at Marianas clinic

My request that the Department of Veterans Affairs report to Congress on what prevents setting up a health clinic in the Marianas and other underserved areas is now part of Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill for fiscal year 2018.

The report will also look at whether existing health care providers in remote areas can meet veterans needs. The House Appropriations Committee included my provision in the bill. Next, the appropriation goes to the House floor for a vote. When I met with VA Secretary David Shulkin in May, we agreed to work on a community-based health clinic for the Marianas. The congressional requirement for a report will keep a fire lit under that project.

The 2018 MilCon/VA appropriation provides $4 billion more for the Department than last year. And Congress will direct the funds towards improving veterans’ access to services and increasing oversight and accountability within the VA.