Pocan Tours Local VA Hospital, Holds Listening Session with Hospital Officials
MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI–02) today toured the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison and held a listening session with hospital officials. The tour and listening session gave Rep. Pocan a chance to hear firsthand the challenges facing VA hospitals and reinforced the need to fully fund efforts to provide veterans with health care.
“It is our duty to ensure Wisconsin’s 400,000 veterans receive the support and care they deserve,” said Representative Mark Pocan. “Visiting facilities, like this one in Madison, is key to identifying challenges VA hospitals are facing. Paying for our veterans’ health care needs is part of the cost of war and we must fully fund efforts to provide veterans with the support they have earned defending our nation.”
“The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which the President signed yesterday, is one of many steps towards remedying the issues in the VA, but we must continue to have open discussions with VA staff and patients,” continued Representative Mark Pocan. ”This enables Congress to more effectively provide resources and support where it is most needed.”
Rep. Pocan recently voted for Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, H.R. 3230, which provides the VA with funds to hire additional primary and specialty health care providers to increase the department’s capacity to provide high-quality care to our nation’s veterans. Additionally, the bipartisan bill expands the VA ability to lease new clinics allowing more veterans to receive more timely care. Yesterday, the President signed H.R. 3230 into law.