President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans who control congress have pledged to “repeal and replace ObamaCare” — and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says improvements in veterans health care are part of the agenda for the 2017 congress.
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A 2014 federal law allows veterans to seek care closer to home if a V-A facility is more than 40 miles from their home or if they’ve waited more than 30 days for an appointment with a doctor or specialist.
That law expire next August so congress must either extend it, or propose changes.
Ernst has been focusing on ensuring veterans have access to mental health care services.
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An estimated 20 veterans commit suicide very day.
Ernst is a co-sponsor of the “Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act.
If passed, the bill would let soldiers who are victims of sexual assault to seek treatment wherever they wish rather than limiting their options to a facility in the V-A system.