Take Action to Support Urgent Care Access for Veterans
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Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and House that would provide access to urgent care centers for our nation’s Veterans.


The Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017 (S. 1261 and H.R. 2785), introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), would:

  • Authorize the Veterans Health Administration to allow veterans to receive care from urgent care facilities and encourages that the Department of Veteran’s Administration (VA) enter into contracts with nationally accredited urgent care centers.
  • Require the VA Secretary to establish a cost-sharing amount that eligible veterans shall pay to receive urgent care from an urgent care provider, as well as from an emergency room of the VA Department.

Robust bipartisan co-sponsorship of the legislation is critical to its advancement in Congress. Please take a moment to contact your members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act.  Be sure to specify the bill numbers, S. 1261 (Senate) and H.R. 2785 (House of Representatives).


Contacting Your Members of Congress


To identify your senators, click here.  On this page, you will find a list of senators and a link for contacting them by email.

To find your representative, click here.  From this page, locate your representative using your zip code. Once you navigate to your representative’s home page, you will be directed on how to contact him/her.


Message

  • Say who you are, where you live, and where your urgent care center is located.
  • Provide information on what is urgent care and distinguish urgent care centers from other sites of service for non-emergent health care needs.
  • Ask the member of Congress to cosponsor the Veterans Emergency Relief Act (S. 1261 / H.R. 2785).
  • Explain what the bill does: Authorizes the Veterans Health Administration to allow veterans to receive care from urgent care facilities and encourages that the Department of Veteran’s Administration  enter into contracts with urgent care centers that are accredited.
  • Advocate that urgent care centers are well-positioned to partner with the VA to meet the needs of patients with non-emergent acute health care needs and to alleviate the pressure on a strained primary care provider workforce and overburdened hospital emergency departments without compromising continuity of care.
  • Promote that urgent care centers produce savings to the health care system when lower acuity patients are diverted from expensive emergency departments.
  • Offer to be a resource to the lawmaker on health care policy questions and provide your contact information.
  • Tell the lawmaker that you look forward to a response.

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