May 23, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Passage of Bipartisan VA MISSION Act

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Senate passage of the bipartisan VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks “MISSION” Act. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, now heads to the President’s desk for signature.  

 “The bipartisan VA MISSION Act is an important step toward strengthening the VA system while also recognizing the importance of community-based care for veterans in areas, such as New Hampshire, without a full-service VA Medical Center. This bill provides expanded community-care options for all New Hampshire veterans, and also aims to address issues with the VA Choice Program – issues that I have heard about from New Hampshire veterans and providers. I’m also glad that this bill includes key priorities that I have long supported including expanding VA caregiver programs to all veterans, regardless of when they served; working to prevent substance misuse among veterans; removing barriers for veterans to access telehealth care; and helping address the VA’s workforce challenges. While this bill is a good step forward, we know that we have far more work to do to help ensure that all of our veterans can get the care that they need and have earned.”