Earlier this year, a veteran contacted my office because her medical bills were piling up after she needed emergency care outside of the VA. No matter how hard she tried, the VA refused to pay her expenses because of a coverage loophole made worse by the department’s inability to efficiently schedule appointments.
The VA’s systematic failure to see new patients in a timely fashion is putting undue financial stress on veterans at an already difficult time. We must do better, which is why I’m leading the Removing Extraneous Loopholes Insuring Every Veteran Emergency (RELIEVE) Act. This bipartisan legislation would eliminate a glaring gap in veteran emergency care insurance coverage by expanding emergency coverage under Care in the Community for veterans during the first 60 days that they are enrolled in the VA. Once veterans see a VA provider to establish care, the coverage gap is permanently closed.
While this bill won’t fix everything, it’s an important first step towards ensuring veterans can access care when and where they need it most. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this done as soon as possible.
McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell Applaud Approval of Disaster Declaration for Spokane County Following Devastating Wildfires
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in Spokane County and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Gray Fire and the Oregon Road Fire in August 2023. After the announcement, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) […]
McMorris Rodgers Helps Pass Bipartisan Bill to Block President Biden’s LNG Export Ban, Unleash American Energy
Washington D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) helped the House of Representatives pass the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act (H.R. 7176) to reverse President Biden’s American liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban. She released the following statement after the vote: “The President’s decision to impose a ban on new permits […]
Statement from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Washington, D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement. “It’s been the honor and privilege of my life to represent the people of Eastern Washington in Congress. They inspire me every day. They are part of the strength and soul of America — the greatest experiment in self-governance the […]