Statement by U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner on New VA Recommendations to Realign and Modernize VA Healthcare – Press Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the statement below following the release by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a new report with recommendations to realign and modernize the VA healthcare system nationwide:

“For years, I have insisted that Virginia veterans have access to quality and timely health care. this they or they have earned over years of service to our country. Iam glad to see the Department of Veterans Affairs make these essential recommendations as a preliminary but significant step in fulfill its obligations under the Virginia MISSION Law of 2018 – legislation that I was proud to support. I look forward to engaging with veterans and communities around Virginia to ensure that these recommendations would live up to their stated goal of effectively meeting the future health care demands of our growing population of veterans here in the Commonwealth.

These recommendations come Therefore of a national analysis commissioned by Backed by Warner legislation to determine whether health facilities are best aligned with meet the to come up needs and demands of the veteran population. The Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) report includes findings from a multi-year national review that assesses a number of factors in the VA health care system, including the quality of facilities and geographic distribution relative to the population of d ‘Veterans.

Among others, the report recommends the construction of new VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Newport News, Norfolk and Roanoke, as well as the relocation of some services to more modern and better located sites veterans facilitiesand creating new community outpatient clinics in places like Bedford, Mechanicsville, Petersburg, and Chesterfield. These recommendations seek to increase VA capacity and expand access to a variety of services as needed, including primary care, residential rehabilitation treatment programs, community living centres, outpatient mental health services, and outpatient surgical and specialty care services.

Over the next year, the Bipartisan AIR, appointed by the President and approved by Congress VSThe commission will examine these recommendations. During this time, stakeholders, veterans, and community members will have the opportunity to assess the report and submit their comments to the commission, which will hold public hearings, tour VA facilities, meet with employees and VA partners., and listen to veterans in order to assess recommendations before submitting them, with all necessary changes, to President Biden. If the president ultimately approves the final recommendations, Congress will have 45 days to reject or accept the entire list of recommendations..

During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner was a strong advocate for improve care for Virginia veterans. In 2015, faced with wait times at Hampton Roads that were three times the national average, Senator Warner successfully urged the AV to send a team of experts to solve the problem. He also has succeeded Get the Northern Virginia Technology Council to release a free report detailing how to reduce wait times. Most recently, in October 2020, Senator Warner successfully signed into law his law to expand veterans’ access to mental health services and reduce the alarming rate of veteran suicides. He also met with senior leaders of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and Hampton Medical Center in Virginia to discuss reducing wait times at their facilities and suicide prevention efforts.