Bergman Holds VA Oversight and Investigation Committee Hearing in Traverse City
Washington –Today, House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (MI-01) released the following statement following a Field Hearing on VA Tele-health with Ranking Committee member, Congresswoman Ann Kuster (NH-02).
“Access to healthcare is a challenge many of our rural Veterans face, and tele-health is an important tool in the effort to increase access for current and future Veterans. The VA has an opportunity to be ahead of the curve on tele-health delivery, and places like Michigan’s 1st District and New Hampshire’s 2nd District are examples of areas in real need for this technology and access. It is a pleasure to serve alongside Congresswomen Kuster to provide real bi-partisan solutions for our rural Veterans. Tele-health can affect nearly every health issue, from mental and behavioral health to primary care and specialty medicine, and the VA should lead the way in providing the highest quality care to those who have earned it."
“Increasing quality and access to care for our men and women who have bravely served in uniform - especially those living in rural or underserved areas - must be a top priority,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Telehealth services and mobile health units hold potential to get Veterans the care they need closer to home in rural states like New Hampshire and Michigan. I appreciate Congressman Bergman hosting today’s hearing, and I extend my sincere thanks to the Veterans, their families, and caregivers who joined us so we can learn about the gains being made in telehealth and mobile health and where we can make improvements. I look forward to continuing to work with General Bergman on commonsense bipartisan solutions on behalf of our Veterans and their families.”