WASHINGTON DC (January 30, 2020) — The Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act, authored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Boozman (R-AR), and Chris Coons (D-DE) was voted unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
“Whether at a VA facility in Iowa or anywhere across the country, our veterans should be receiving the best quality care possible — it’s the least we can do. Our bipartisan bill helps to ensure those treating our nation’s veterans are thoroughly vetted, and protect our veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. I’m thrilled to see this common-sense, bipartisan bill pass unanimously out of committee, and I’m urging all of my colleagues to support this legislation and help us get it across the finish line,” Sen Ernst said.
“Our nation’s veterans served their country and it’s our responsibility to take care of them when they come home. Veterans and their families should have confidence in their VA health-care providers. Everyone can agree that accountability leads to better results. That’s why this bipartisan legislation passed out of committee unanimously. I’m proud to work with Sen Joni Ernst as she leads the fight for better care for our veterans,” Sen Grassley said.
The Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act requires that every health-care provider hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with a revoked license undergoes a third-party review of that provider’s care. If the review determines that a competent practitioner would have managed the veteran’s care differently, the veteran will be notified.