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Sen. Coats Votes for Improvements to VA Services

Sen. Dan Coats voted for legislation that would bring improvements to the embattled Department of Veteran's Affairs.

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Photo: Jason Kuffer, Department of Veterans Affairs (Flickr)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been under fire over reports of long wait times and the quality of services offered to veterans at VA hospitals.

Senator Dan Coats,  R-Indiana, voted Thursday in favor of bipartisan legislation that would bring key changes to Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

The legislation is a compromise between bills previously passed by the House and Senate, will allow veterans to seek private care if VA doctors are unable to treat them within 30 days or if veterans live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility.

“This compromise legislation will bring several much-needed reforms to the VA,” said Coats. “Increasing accountability and providing veterans facing unacceptable waits for VA medical care with the option to receive private-sector treatment are positive steps. The legislation also includes a number of provisions that will provide needed reforms to the VA health care system.”

After its passage in the House Wednesday, the bill passed the Senate 91 to 3 Thursday and now goes to President Obama to be signed into law.

Earlier this week, Coats also voted to confirm Bob McDonald, a Gary, Indiana native and former Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, to serve as the next secretary of the VA.

“Passing this legislation and confirming a new VA secretary marks a turning point and a chance for a fresh start,” added Coats. “We need to keep the promises our country has made to its veterans.”

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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