Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HVAC to Examine Capital Investment Options For Veterans Care This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold a hearing to examine VA's capital investment options for providing veterans care.

To extend the reach of its 152 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, VA has opened more than 800 local community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) over the past two decades. The clinics – two thirds of which are located in leased facilities – are a central part of VA's strategy for delivering primary care and mental health counseling to veterans across the country. Unfortunately, the Congressional Budget Office recently changed the way CBOC leases are scored, requiring that the full cost of the 20-year lease be accounted for up front. This new scoring method, which requires Congress to account for $1.2 billion in costs up front, has put a hold on the creation and/or expansion of a number of clinics.

Congress is committed to ensuring all veterans in need have timely access to health care, so the purpose of this hearing is to discuss VA's capital investment options for delivering care to veterans in light of CBO's new method of scoring lease authorizations for CBOCs. The following event is open to the press:

WHO:             House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

WHAT:          Hearing: "Assessing VA's Capital Investment Options to Provide Veterans' Care."

WHEN:          10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013
WHERE:        Room 334, Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov


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