Amata Welcomes Veterans Health Legislation

November 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the introduction of bipartisan veterans’ health legislation introduced to improve community care options. She is an original cosponsor of the VA Care in the Community Act, introduced today by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe.

“I’ve been encouraged by the Committee’s ongoing focus on improving health care access for veterans,” said Aumua Amata. “Veterans in American Samoa face many challenges in accessing the care they deserve because of our economic and geographic isolation. The Committee’s legislative agenda continues to work on finding solutions for more choices and better options.”

Amata speaking on veterans issues
Amata speaking on veterans’ issues in Washington, D.C.

Specifically, the legislation would streamline veteran access to community care previously handled under the CHOICE Program. This includes removing of the 30-day, 40-mile requirement, and broadening community care options.

“We will keep working for lower costs and better care in remote areas, and this bill is part of that ongoing effort,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Thank you to Chairman Roe and my colleagues on this Committee for their leadership and dedication on these issues.”

More detail about this bill is available from the Committee here.