Sullivan Presses Shulkin on Future of Veteran Community Care

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin about the Veterans’ Choice Program and the future of community care.

“Whether it’s scheduling challenges or veterans being hounded by collection agencies, the problems that need to be addressed are clear,” said Senator Sullivan. “As we consider a path forward for veteran community care, we cannot – and more importantly, veterans cannot – have a repeat of what happened in Alaska when Choice was initially implemented in 2014.”

In addition, Senator Sullivan, also a member of Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the VA’s recent announcement that it will be adopting the Department of Defense’s Electronic Health Record System, allowing for a continuity of records for military service members from active duty into veteran life.

“Congressional leaders and experts have recommended integrating the active duty and veterans’ health records systems for decades, and Secretary Shulkin this week is making this important, commonsense modernization a reality,” Senator Sullivan added.

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