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Hirono co-sponsors new veterans health care bill

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:20 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2014

HONOLULU >> A new bill has been introduced in Congress that aims to offer relief to veterans that have had to pay for emergency health services.

Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas co-sponsored the bill on Thursday.

The proposal would eliminate a rule that prevents veterans from being reimbursed for emergency care if they haven't been seen in a VA center for 24 months.

The bill comes after a different Senate bill was approved Wednesday that makes it easier for veterans delayed in getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead.

Hirono says veterans shouldn't be penalized because they live in rural communities or face outrageous wait times for appointments.

Moran says veterans shouldn't bear the burden of a dysfunctional VA system.

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samidunn wrote:
This is front page news!
on June 12,2014 | 11:53AM
saint80 wrote:
But will Hirono, not the sharpest tool in the box, actually see that socialized medical care is a bad idea and co-sponsor a bill to repeal Obamacare?
on June 12,2014 | 11:59AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Now we have to introduce new bills to make sure that veterans are getting medical care because the VA system is dysfunctional. More costs because of inept government workers. We need to fire everyone of these VA workers that have caused this mess.
on June 12,2014 | 12:03PM
Rickyboy wrote:
What were you doing all this time? Lights on nobody home! Not only are the veterans receiving poor service so are the residents of Hawaii. I vote I grumble.
on June 12,2014 | 12:15PM
false wrote:
I would think that the vets were complaining about this for a long time funny that it now is becoming an issue. This probably goes back to the Vietnam vets and possibly beyond. So sad and even pathetic.
on June 12,2014 | 12:55PM
false wrote:
But at least she's doing something NOW.
on June 12,2014 | 12:55PM
serious wrote:
True, but just wait -- there will be a ton of feel good bills in an election year--the next line of legislators will be stuck with how to pay for them.
on June 12,2014 | 01:08PM
false wrote:
The old 24 months awaiting time before VA would pay for emergency service was a very ridiculous rule. For 6 years, Shinseki didn't catch this and realize that this should have changed! Aaah, he was too busy attending gala events in Washington and West Point to take care of his own vets.
on June 12,2014 | 02:35PM
bumba wrote:
Mazie Hirono is a nice woman. But who would you rather have fighting for you, a pit bull or a cocker spaniel? She's a cocker spaniel.
on June 12,2014 | 06:06PM
Paulh808 wrote:
No worry Obobocare is coming (which Lazy supported) and then we can all witness what the Vets are going through.
on June 12,2014 | 06:11PM
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