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Banks Introduces Bill To Strengthen Oversight Of VA Health Care

Last updated on Monday, May 7, 2018

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today introduced the Department of Veterans Affairs Oversight Enhancement Act to address and mitigate the current high-risk rating of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care.

"While the VA has made progress over the past 16 months, there are still several long-standing issues within the VA that need to be addressed," said Banks. "This legislation will increase oversight of the VA's health care operations so we can find ways to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in the Department. Ensuring our veterans receive high-quality care, not high-risk care, must be a top priority for Congress."

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) designated VA-provided health care as a high-risk area on its 2015 High Risk List. This designation indicates that the VA is at high risk for fraud, waste and abuse. The legislation introduced by Congressman Banks aims to address this by implementing the following requirements:

Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) is the lead Democratic cosponsor of the bill. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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