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News Releases

 Statement by Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie - VA signs contract with Cerner for an electronic health record system - I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize the VA’s health care IT system and help provide seamless care to Veterans as they transition from military service to Veteran status, and when they choose to use community care. This is one of the largest IT contracts in the federal government, with a ceiling of $10 billion over 10 years. And with a contract of that size, you can understand why former Secretary Shulkin and I took some extra time to do our due diligence and make sure the contract does what the President wanted.  (5/17/18)

 Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - House Passage of the MISSION Act - I congratulate Chairman Roe and Members from both parties who forged an overwhelming vote of support for the MISSION Act. This long-awaited legislation streamlines VA’s community care programs, strengthens health care options for our nation’s Veterans, whether in the VA or in the community, and, most importantly, centers those decisions on what is best for our Veterans.  (5/17/18)

 VA Announces Whole Health Flagship Sites: Personalized Plan Puts Veterans in Control of their Health Care - WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being.  (5/15/18)

 VA announces Paul Lawrence as new Under Secretary for Benefits - Today VA announced that Paul R. Lawrence will assume office Tuesday, May 15 as the department’s new Under Secretary for Benefits. Lawrence is a former Army captain and airborne school graduate, and has served in a number of key positions in the accounting industry, focusing primarily in the area of federal government practices.  (5/14/18)

 VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule to Better Align with Modern Medicine - WASHINGTON — Effective May 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will update portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or rating schedule) that evaluates the organs of special sense eye conditions, as well as gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast.  (5/14/18)

 VA Celebrates National VA Research Week 2018 - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will celebrate 93 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through the department’s health research and research programs during National VA Research Week held May 14-18.  (5/14/18)

 VA Celebrates ‘Nurses Week 2018’ with a Number of Activities Recognizing VA’s 93,000 Nurses Nationwide - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was pleased to recognize and celebrate National Nurses Week held May 6 – 12 with a number of activities, including the release of “Meaningful Tweets,” a heartfelt VA twist on a popular late-night talk show host’s segment by a different name.  (5/11/18)

 VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new federal rule that will allow VA doctors, nurses and other health-care providers to administer care to Veterans using telehealth, or virtual technology, regardless of where in the United States the provider or Veteran is located, including when care will occur across state lines or outside a VA facility.  (5/11/18)

 VA Nurse and formerly homeless Veteran: ‘For every bad thing you hear that goes on at the VA, there’s a thousand great things that go on there that you will never hear about’ - Today Little Rock’s Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System nurse and Veteran David Hathcock, works in the same hospital that helped him pull his life together after becoming addicted to drugs and losing "everything" including his home and car. (5/10/18)

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - Committee Approval of H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act - I commend Chairman Roe and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for approving the VA MISSION Act today and sending it to the full House for a vote. As White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday, the bill “will transform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) into a modern, high-performing, and integrated healthcare system that will ensure our veterans receive the best healthcare possible from the VA, whether delivered in the VA’s own facilities or in the community.”  (5/8/18)

VA and Small Business Administration Team up to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs - WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide education and support to disabled Veterans interested in self-employment.  (5/4/18)

VA Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review Process - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is offering two opportunities for early participation in the new, more efficient claims decision review process outlined in the historic Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. (5/4/18)

VA Health Care Rated Same or Better than Private Hospitals - WASHINGTON — Veterans receive the same or better care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities as patients at non-VA hospitals according to a recent RAND Corp. study.  (5/4/18)

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - Introduction of H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act - I commend Chairman Roe and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for introducing legislation that, as Chairman Roe so aptly states, “will ensure veterans have timely access to the care they have earned.” (5/3/18)

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie - Chris Wilson Fox & Friends Interview - Chris Wilson ‘s interview this morning on Fox and Friends had a very important message. (5/1/18)

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