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veterans:

Call, email or write your congress person

Dear…

I am a veteran writing you about The VA Mission Act of 2018 (H.R.5674).  I urge you to vote against this bill in its current form. While there are, and have always been, instances in which purchasing health care in the community is necessary, the bill contains four different provisions that each would lead to the dismantling and privatization of the Veterans Health Administration.  These include:

·      The problematic use of Walk In Clinics for on-going care,

·      The creation of a Commission run by private sector health care executives that will close local VAs

·      The immediate issuing of vouchers to tens of thousands of veterans that will allow them to automatically obtain private care.  This in spite of the fact that studies document that private sector providers are not ready and able to serve veterans’ complex needs.

·      The implementation of a pilot program that would turn the VA into an insurer rather than provider of care.

·      Finally but most importantly, the near $60 billion price tag would be siphoned from other benefits to veterans.

Surveys show that veterans like myself want the VHA to be strengthened and improved not dismantled.  Rather than voting for a bill that would lead to the dismantling of the VHA, as a veteran, I am asking you to vote against this bill and do what is needed to fully fund, improve, and staff the Veterans Health Administration.

Sincerely,


Non-veterans:

Call, email or write your congress person

Dear…

I am a concerned citizen writing you about The VA Mission Act of 2018 (H.R.5674).  I urge you to vote against this bill in its current form. While there are, and have always been, instances in which purchasing health care in the community is necessary, the bill contains four different provisions that each would lead to the dismantling and privatization of the Veterans Health Administration.  These include:

·      The problematic use of Walk In Clinics for on-going care,

·      The creation of a Commission run by private sector health care executives that will close local VAs

·      The immediate issuing of vouchers to tens of thousands of veterans that will allow them to automatically obtain private care.  This in spite of the fact that studies document that private sector providers are not ready and able to serve veterans’ complex needs.

·      The implementation of a pilot program that would turn the VA into an insurer rather than provider of care.

·      Finally but most importantly, the near $60 billion price tag would be siphoned from other benefits to veterans.

Surveys show that veterans like myself want the VHA to be strengthened and improved not dismantled.  Rather than voting for a bill that would lead to the dismantling of the VHA, as a veteran, I am asking you to vote against this bill and do what is needed to fully fund, improve, and staff the Veterans Health Administration.

 

Sincerely,

Senate Veterans Affairs Comm. (SVAC): http://www.veterans.senate.gov/


If you belong to a Veteran Service Organization, let your local and national leaders know how you feel about saving the VA.


·       Send the “Analysis Document” to veterans you know. Send it to your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to reach out to their political representatives with the same message. You can find this document at on our Home Page


Write an op-ed piece or a letter to your editor of your local newspaper


Advocate for veterans at a local Town Hall meeting of your Senator/ Representative


Write or videotape a statement about your positive VA experience and link it to Fighting for Veterans Healthcare via https://ffvhc.org/contact/

Suggested wording:

I am writing about upcoming decisions for renewal of the Veterans Choice Program to urge you to preserve and strengthen the VA and its incomparably comprehensive, integrated care. While there are instances in which outsourced care for veterans is necessary, caution should be exercised in how Choice is authorized. Some are suggesting that Choice be automatically available to veterans where local VA metrics fall below a composite score, but no relevant metrics now exist to make those decisions. At the very least, you should continue with the current Choice Program eligibility until reliable measures are tested and can assure improved veterans’ healthcare.

In the longer term, Veterans Choice Program reform – whether by changing eligibility to composite scores or universal Choice cards — runs the grave danger of draining the VA budget and destroying it. Those concepts could set in motion a hollowing out, downward spiral in which over time, local VAs will have less money, vacant positions won’t be filled, medical services will be cut back and clinics closed. They will steadily and inevitably privatize veterans healthcare. It’s imperative that outsourced care be offered as an option only to fill in gaps that the VA cannot provide itself. Please ensure that America’s veterans get the health care they deserve.

Dear…

I am a veteran writing you about The VA Mission Act of 2018 (H.R.5674).  I urge you to vote against this bill in its current form. While there are, and have always been, instances in which purchasing health care in the community is necessary, the bill contains four different provisions that each would lead to the dismantling and privatization of the Veterans Health Administration.  These include:

·      The problematic use of Walk In Clinics for on-going care,

·      The creation of a Commission run by private sector health care executives that will close local VAs

·      The immediate issuing of vouchers to tens of thousands of veterans that will allow them to automatically obtain private care.  This in spite of the fact that studies document that private sector providers are not ready and able to serve veterans’ complex needs.

·      The implementation of a pilot program that would turn the VA into an insurer rather than provider of care.

·      Finally but most importantly, the near $60 billion price tag would be siphoned from other benefits to veterans.

Surveys show that veterans like myself want the VHA to be strengthened and improved not dismantled.  Rather than voting for a bill that would lead to the dismantling of the VHA, as a veteran, I am asking you to vote against this bill and do what is needed to fully fund, improve, and staff the Veterans Health Administration.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sincerely,