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Comprehensive veterans bill passes house


A comprehensive bill to improve veterans’ health care, housing, education, and care for homeless veterans, including a provision sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to waive telehealth co-payments, passed the Senate July 24 and is on its way to the House of Representatives.

The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 passed the Senate by unanimous consent last week combining a number of important provisions of the Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011 and the Honoring American Veterans Act of 2011, both supported by Begich, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011 was a bill introduced by Sen. Begich authorizing the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veterans. It also included provisions to end homelessness among veterans; establish centers of excellence for rural health research, education and clinical activities; and a provision to promote the VA and the Social Security Administration to streamline processes for providing survivor benefits.


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