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Thompson Celebrates VA MISSION Act Becoming Law

June 6, 2018
Press Release
VA MISSION Act includes provisions of Thompson’s VETS Act to expand access to telemedicine in the VA System to care for more veterans

WASHINGTONU.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today applauded the VA MISSION Act becoming law after President Donald J. Trump signed it this afternoon.

The VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION) Act takes the following action at the Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Streamlines duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program.
     
  • Creates a non-partisan process for reviewing VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned.
     
  • Expands the VA’s Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to all veterans no matter when or where they served.

“Our servicemen and women need greater access to care – especially those who live in rural areas,” Rep. Thompson said. “I am proud that provisions of my VETS Act have been included in the VA MISSION Act that was signed into law today. We must always ensure that our veterans receive the care they need no matter where they live, and providing increased access to telemedicine will ensure that no veteran is left behind. I thank President Trump for his continued commitment to our nation’s veterans.”

The House of Representatives approved Rep. Thompson’s bill, H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act in November 2017 to allow VA doctors to practice telemedicine across state lines.

The VETS Act (Sec. 151 of the VA MISSION Act):

  • Creates a VA state licensure exemption to allow VA-credentialed health care professionals to work across state borders to perform telemedicine without having to obtain a new license in that state.
     
  • Expands the definition of exempt health care professionals to include VA doctors.
     
  • Removes the location requirement to allow for care regardless of where the healthcare professional or patient is located.