Hudson Assembles Meeting with VA Officials, NC Delegation

March 30, 2017
Hudson Assembles Meeting with VA Officials, NC Delegation
Continues Leadership to Hold the VA Accountable, Improve Care for Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Yesterday, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), the representative of Fort Bragg, held a meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Officials and members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation following the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on issues with access to VA care at Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6, which includes VA medical facilities in North Carolina.
“I appreciate the VA’s efforts to meet with our delegation to discuss the recent audit,” said Rep. Hudson. “By manipulating wait times and breaking protocol, the VA has consistently undermined the Choice program and prevented countless veterans from getting the timely and quality care they deserve. It appears to be a systemic problem designed to sink the Choice program. I will work with my colleagues to ensure the new procedures discussed yesterday by the VA will address this problem and improve care for our veterans. I remain committed to ensuring our veterans get the best health care when they need it without being stonewalled by the bureaucracy at the VA.”
As the voice for North Carolina’s veterans, Rep. Hudson held a meeting at the U.S. Capitol with members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation and VA Representatives: Dr. Steven Lieberman, ADUSH for Access to Care; Dr. Mark Shelhorse, Acting VISN 6 Director; Dr. Kameron Matthews, Deputy Executive Director, Provider Relations and Services, Office of Community Care; Dr. Michael Davies, Senior Medical Advisor, Office of Veterans Access to Care; and Andy Bartlett, Health System Specialist. In addition to Rep. Hudson, Reps. Alma Adams (NC-12), Ted Budd (13), George Holding (NC-02), Robert Pittenger (NC-09), David Price (NC-04), and David Rouzer (NC-07) attended the meeting and Veterans Affairs staffers from the offices of Reps. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Walter Jones (NC-03), Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Mark Walker (NC-06) and Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis were in attendance.
During the meeting, representatives from the VA briefed members on their efforts to introduce more accountability, including new training programs for efficient use of the scheduling program, new auditing procedures for scheduling appointments, and a trigger system to alert local VA leadership if scheduling problems occur for veterans. Rep. Hudson asked if these new procedures would guarantee that, moving forward, mistakes would not be made and wait times would be reduced for our veterans. The VA would not commit that these changes would lead to the outcomes Rep. Hudson detailed, but were confident they would make improvements.
Last week, Rep. Hudson sent VA Secretary David Shulkin a letter demanding answers to questions raised by the VA OIG report, including:
  • What is leadership at the VA doing to correct this issue?
  • What benchmarks will VISN-6 give to the North Carolina delegation to show improvements are being made?
  • What does the VA say in response to allegations that this behavior systematically undermines the Choice program?
Rep. Hudson has been a staunch advocate for fixing the VA by first allowing veterans with service-connected disabilities to choose care from private providers in their local communities and having the VA pay for it. As he’s said before, the only way we’re going to get veterans the care they deserve is to break the bureaucratic stronghold at the VA. The first step to do that is allowing all Tier I veterans the option of seeking private care in their own communities and having the VA pay for it, and his legislation, the Care Veterans Deserve Act (H.R. 1152), will do just that. In addition, earlier this month, Rep. Hudson voted for the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 (H.R. 1259) to make it easier to fire Veterans Affairs (VA) employees for poor performance or misconduct and to establish whistleblower protections.
North Carolina is fortunate to be home to more than 700,000 veterans, and taking care of these retired service members and their families is one of Rep. Hudson’s top responsibilities. As always, Rep. Hudson’s office stands ready to assist every veteran in our district with problems they are having with the VA or a federal agency. If a veteran in the 8th district needs assistance, please contact our office in Concord at (704) 786-1612 or our office in Fayetteville at (910) 997-2070.
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    Washington, DC Office 2112 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-3715
    Fax: (202) 225-4036
    Hours: M-F 8:30am-6:00pm
    Concord Office 325 McGill Avenue, NW
    Suite 500
    Concord, NC 28027
    Phone: (704) 786-1612
    Fax: (704) 782-1004
    Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
    Fayetteville Office 225 Green Street, Suite 202
    Fayetteville, NC 28301
    Phone: (910) 997-2070
    Fax: (910) 817-7202
    Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
    Pinehurst Office  Sandhills Community College
    Van Dusen Building, Room 114
    3395 Airport Road
    Pinehurst, NC 28374
    (910) 246-5374
    Hours: Tues/Thurs 8:30am-5:30pm
    and by appointment


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