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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

HVAC Advances 11 Bills to Improve Healthcare, Transition Assistance, and Benefits

September 21, 2016
Press Release

The House Veterans Affairs Committee today advanced legislation to improve the delivery of health care and protection of benefits for our nation’s Veterans.  All 11 bills passed favorably out of the full Committee.  

The Committee approved the following eleven bills:

  • H.R. 4757, to Expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions
    furnished by VA for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries
  • H.R. 5166, the Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now 
  • H.R. 4150, the VA Affairs Emergency Medical Staffing Recruitment and Retention
  • H.R. 5099, to Establish a pilot program on partnership agreements to construct new VA facilities
  • H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act
  • H.R. 5047, the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act of 2016
  • H.R. 5428, the Military Residency Choice Act
  • H.R. 3216, the Veterans Emergency Treatment (VET) Act
  • H.R. 5162, the VET Connect Act of 2016
  • H.R. 5392, the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act 
  • H.R. 5399, the Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act of 2016

“These bills will help in how we care for the needs of our country’s heroes – whether it is timely quality health care, transition assistance, or greater protections to the benefits they so rightfully deserve,” said Congressman Bilirakis.  “These are our nation’s true heroes and we have a solemn responsibility to fight on their behalf as they have done so for us.  I’m proud that we were able to come together in a bipartisan manner to approve these thoughtful bills, and I look forward to our continued work on behalf of our Veterans.”

Learn more about this markup, watch the committee vote, and read text of the legislation here