Congressional Committees Consider Veterans’ Health, Chronic Conditions

Several hearings this week will focus on veterans’ health topics. Both the House and the Senate will discuss the implementation of the Veterans Choice Program early in the week, with the Senate holding a hearing on Tuesday, May 12, and the House following on Wednesday, May 13. On Friday, May 15, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will also consider health care staffing issues.

On Thursday, May 14, the Senate Committee on Finance has scheduled a hearing titled “A Pathway to Improving Care for Medicare Patients with Chronic Conditions.” Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is slated to testify. Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) will join Dr. Conway as a witness.

This Week’s Hearings:

  • Tuesday, May 12: The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Exploring the Implementation and Future of the Veterans Choice Program.”
  • Wednesday, May 13: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Assessing the Promise and Progress of the Choice Program.”
  • Thursday, May 14: The Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing titled “A Pathway to Improving Care for Medicare Patients with Chronic Conditions.”
  • Friday, May 15: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled “Overcoming Barriers to More Efficient and Effective VA Staffing.”