In Veterans Affairs Hearing, Sinema Discusses with Experts Her Bills Expanding Veterans’ Health Care Access

Jul 27, 2023

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Senator’s RELIEVE Act & HEALTH Act expand emergency care access for veterans and ensure they can make their own health care decisions

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema discussed the need to strengthen Arizona veterans’ access to care in a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, highlighting two of her bipartisan bills that would deliver lasting solutions ensuring veterans receive the quality, affordable care they’ve earned. 
The Senator questioned experts about how her bipartisan RELIEVE Act and HEALTH Act would alleviate some of the challenges Arizona veterans face accessing quality care.
“With over 500,000 veterans calling Arizona home, our work increasing veterans’ access to health care is critical to ensuring the health and safety of our state as a whole,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Sinema’s Removing Extraneous Loopholes Insuring Every Veteran Emergency (RELIEVE) Act improves the reimbursement process for veterans receiving emergency treatment in non-VA facilities, expanding services to ensure veterans can access close-by care in emergency situations.
The Senator’s bipartisan Veterans Health Empowerment, Access, Leadership, and Transparency for our Heroes (HEALTH) Act ensures veterans retain the ability to have timely access to quality care by making necessary improvements to the VA Community Care program that provide predictability, stability, and certainty to Arizona veterans in need of care.
During the hearing, Sinema questioned witnesses about how her bipartisan bills would address many of the concerns her office hears from Arizona veterans on a regular basis about the difficulties they face in accessing the benefits they’ve earned.