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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Moran visits Leavenworth, addresses veteran health care concerns

  • While visiting Leavenworth on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran applauded the bipartisan passage of a bill designed to address concerns at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.
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      • U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visited Thursday with members of the Leavenworth Lions Club.


      • His remarks focused on legislat...

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      Story at a glance

      • U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visited Thursday with members of the Leavenworth Lions Club.



      • His remarks focused on legislation designed to address concerns at the Department of Veterans Affairs.



      • He applauded bipartisanship of a bill he sponsored in the Senate.



       

  • While visiting Leavenworth on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran applauded the bipartisan passage of a bill designed to address concerns at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.
    The Republican senator from Kansas spoke during a meeting of the Leavenworth Lions Club.
    Moran said he was anxious to visit Leavenworth and get feedback in light of recent news about the VA.
    His comments came a day after the Senate passed a compromise bill in response to reports of long waits for veterans seeking care as well as accusations of fraudulent waiting lists.
    Problems at the VA resulted in the recent resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
    Moran, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, was a sponsor of the bill that passed Wednesday in the Senate.
    He said the bill would make it easier for people to be discharged for conducting themselves inappropriately.
    He said the bill also would make it possible for veterans to receive care from private health care providers if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or are unable to schedule a VA appointment within 14 days.
    Moran said if Republicans and Democrats had backed their own bills instead of joining together "nothing would have passed."
    "There's too much partisan politics," he said.
    During his remarks, Moran suggested bonuses for VA officials be based on feedback from veterans rather than wait times.
    He said veterans can ask if they're satisfied with the care they receive.
    "That's something you can't cook the books on," he said.
    Moran was not in the Washington, D.C., for the vote Wednesday because he's been in Kansas this week for his father's funeral.
    Moran mentioned his father, a World War II veteran, during his remarks to the Lions Club.
    Moran said Americans have a responsibility to thank veterans for their service.
    He also announced Thursday that he was helping to introduce another bill addressing veteran health care.
    He and and Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, of Hawaii, introduced the Veterans Emergency Health Safety Net Expansion Act of 2014.
    According to a news release from Moran's office, the legislation would expand access to an emergency safety net to all VA-enrolled veterans who rely solely on the VA for their medical care.
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