Inhofe, Lankford, Mullin Praise Passage of Bill to Enhance Veteran Care

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) praised the passage of S. 1266, the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, today in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Enhancing Veteran Care Act will allow the Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations that accredit health care organization entities in order to ensure medical centers at the Department of Veterans Affairs are providing the highest quality care possible for our veterans.

“Today we are one step closer to holding VA care providers accountable by granting VISN and medical center directors the permanent authority to request outside oversight of their medical facilities,” Inhofe said.  “Our veterans deserve the highest standard of patient care, and empowering regional leaders with greater oversight ability will improve veterans care in Oklahoma and across the country. I will continue to fight for the best veteran’s care possible and look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law quickly as yet another example of his strong commitment to our nation’s veterans.”   

“I’m pleased this important bill has passed the Congress and is now on its way to the President’s desk,” said Lankford.  “It will be another important tool for our leaders at our veteran’s facilities to ensure they’re able to provide the highest level of care for our veterans.”

“Without a doubt, we want our veterans to receive health care that is second to none,” Mullin said.  “The Enhancing Veteran Care Act will bring transparency and accountability to VA medical facilities so that we can ensure our veterans are receiving care equal to the best civilian hospitals.  Just as patients often look for a second opinion, so too should our VA clinics be able to recruit a second opinion when it comes to evaluating their medical facilities and services.  I’m proud to see this bill pass the House today with bipartisan support so that we can better deliver on our promise to take care of our nation’s veterans.”

Senators Inhofe and Lankford are sponsors of S. 1266.  Congressman Mullin is the sponsor of the House companion bill, H.R. 42.  S. 1266 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 423 – 0.  The bill will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.