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  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds House Passage of Joint Resolution to Increase Veteran Access to Dental Care
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed his resolution, House Joint Resolution 80, to approve a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs to pursue a pilot program to increase veteran access to dental care: "I am pleased to see that the House unanimously passed this important measure today. In addition to increasing veterans’ access to care, the MISSION ACT also created a Center ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds VA for Beginning to Process Blue Water Navy Veterans Claims
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began processing disability compensation claims for Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans last week: "One of my proudest accomplishments in Congress was the enactment of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to provide veterans who served honorably in the off-shore waters of Vietnam with the long-overdue benefits that they are ... Read more

  • ICYMI: Roe Meets with PREVENTS Task Force in East Tennessee
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Last week, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen of the President’s PREVENTS Task Force released the following statements after meeting with local organizations, focusing on suicide prevention, in the Congressman’s home district in East Tennessee: “It was my pleasure to welcome Dr. Van Dahlen to East Tennessee [today] and to introduce her to the many individuals and organizations here who are stepping up to serve and s... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Committee Passage of IMPROVE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement following today’s Full Committee markup of H.R. 3495, as amended, the IMPROVE Act, and H.R. 4920, the Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act: "Caring for those who are at-risk of taking their own lives is fundamentally the right thing to do. Yet, today, Chairman Takano advanced a partisan bill that would prohibit suicidal veterans from ge... Read more

  • ICYMI: The MISSION Act is Working
    Posted in Media Advisories on September 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Ranking Member Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement praising the implementation of the MISSION Act following a Subcommittee on Health oversight hearing and the release of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States’ (VFW’s) nationwide "Our Care" survey last week: “Successful rollouts of new government programs are never easy. However, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers recognized during a Committee hearing last week, VA has done a tremendous job putting the MISS... Read more

  • Roe Calls for Hearing on Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Veteran Suicide
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, is calling for a hearing on H.R. 3495, the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act. The bipartisan bill would provide funding to entities that provide suicide prevention services to veterans and their families and is sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.). In a letter sent earlier this week to Rep. Mark ... Read more

  • Senate, House Leaders Demand VA Fix Emergency Care Claims Errors Impacting an Estimated 60,800 Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT), House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Member Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to VA today following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlining errors in VA’s processing of non-VA emergency care claims. The OIG found that in 2017 ... Read more

  • Republicans Request Hearing on Bills to Protect Veterans' Second Amendment Rights, Children
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Health, Full Committee

    Last week, Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee's Minority Members wrote to Rep. Mark Takano (D-Ca.), the Chairman of the Committee, requesting a legislative hearing on bills to protect veterans' Second Amendment rights and ensure the safety of veterans' children in child care programs supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs. These letters come after Chairman Takano refused to allow the Committee to debate amendments th... Read more

  • Members Introduce Bill to Protect Veterans' Children
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and several other Committee Members introduced H.R. 3788, the VA Child Care Protection Act. This bill would prevent a child care provider from caring for children in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) child care program if they have been charged with a serious crime, such as the sexual assault of a child, until their case has been resolved. The bill is identical to an amen... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Praises Launch of VA MISSION Act Community Care Program
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement praising the launch of the VA MISSION Act community care program last Thursday, June 6, 2019: “Though the VA MISSION Act community care program began just a few days ago, it is already doing what President Trump and Congress intended it to do - ensure veterans have access to the timely, quality care they need. I am encouraged by the successful implementation of the program... Read more

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