Cunningham introduces “Women Veterans Health Care Accountability” Act

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Today, Rep. Joe Cunningham introduced the Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act, legislation that directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a study on access to care for women veterans. This legislation would provide data necessary to ensure female veterans receive the unique care they need and deserve. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) was an original cosponsor of the bill. 

”Women are the fastest growing population of military recruits and veterans, so it is absolutely critical we ensure their care meets their specific health needs. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “This legislation will help us determine the barriers to care that female veterans face and give us the data we need to make certain that every woman has access to the quality care she has earned.
 
Specifically, the VA would be asked to evaluate the:
 

  • Perceived stigma associated with seeking mental health care services
  • Effect of driving distance or availability of other forms of transportation to the nearest medical facility on access to care
  • Availability of childcare while using VA services
  • Acceptability of integrated primary care, women’s health clinics or both
  • Comprehension of eligibility requirements for, and the scope of services available under hospital care and medical services
  • Perception of personal safety and comfort in inpatient, outpatient and behavioral health facilities
  • Gender sensitivity of health care providers and staff to issues that particularly affect women
  • Effectiveness of outreach for health care services to women Veterans
  • Location and operating hours of health care facilities that provides services to women Veterans

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