LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester today introduced bipartisan legislation to help rural veterans get to and from their medical appointments more easily.
Tester's bill will make permanent three successful initiatives that provide veterans living in rural areas with transportation services and reimbursement for their travel to VA facilities, including a pilot program that reimburses veterans travelling to the Vet Center in Kalispell for mental health care. Not only do these initiatives ease the burden for Montana veterans traveling lengthy distances for care, but they have proven to save taxpayer dollars and reduce the number of missed medical appointments at VA.
"All Montana veterans deserve access to the same quality health care, no matter where they live," said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "My bill expands successful and creative initiatives that are helping rural veterans get to their doctor appointments, including one that reimburses veterans who travel to receive mental health care at the Kalispell Vet Center."
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