For months, I’ve heard from Eastern Washington veterans and providers frustrated by the new electronic health record system and the rumors of services being reduced at the facilities they rely on for care. It’s time for the VA to hear from these veterans directly, too.
The good news is that I secured a commitment from leadership at the VA this week to hold town halls for veterans in both Spokane and Walla Walla later this year. These meetings will be a long overdue opportunity for veterans to share their concerns about long wait times and limited access to care, patient harm caused by the new electronic health record (EHR) system, continued access to services, and any other issue they are facing related to the agency.
I believe this is a necessary first step on a long road towards rebuilding the trust this agency has so deeply broken, and I hope it will help remind them of their sole mission to provide veterans with the gold standard care they’ve earned. I’ll be sure to follow up with the date, time, and format of the events as soon as the information becomes available.
McMorris Rodgers Introduces Bill Expanding Service Opportunities for Disability Community
Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) reintroduced the Hannah Cvancara Service Act (H.R. 7405) to empower individuals with a non-service-connected amputation to serve the United States Armed Forces as medical personnel. This legislation was inspired by Hannah Cvancara, a Spokane resident who suffered a childhood amputation that disqualified her from serving […]
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 […]