Video Release: Kuster Discusses Improving Veteran Healthcare with Secretary Shulkin
The Exchange Between Sectary Shulkin and Congresswoman Kuster is Available Here
Kuster shared concerns of North Country veterans with VA head
Kuster and Shulkin also discussed pain management and the prescribing of opioid drugs in the VA
(Washington, DC) – Last night, during a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) questioned Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, about how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can improve care for veterans in rural parts of the country. Kuster shared the concerns of Carolanne Jordan of Berlin, New Hampshire with Secretary Shulkin about the impact of closures of VA facilities in the North Country.
You can watch the full exchange here.
“Veterans in northern New Hampshire face unique challenges in accessing health care and it’s critical that the Department of Veterans Affairs understands their need to craft a system that works in the North Country for our veterans,” said Congresswoman Kuster following the hearing. “I’m encouraged that Secretary Shulkin appreciates the need to foster a system that addresses the concerns of veterans in rural communities. I look forward to working with Mr. Shulkin to modernize the VA system, bolster veteran camaraderie, and improve access to care for veterans in northern New Hampshire and throughout the state and nation.”
Kuster went on to discuss the pain management and prescribing practices within the VA. Kuster will soon reintroduce her legislation, the Helping Our Veterans With Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction Act, which would establish a minimum of five pilot programs to facilitate the coordination of care and case management to veterans in need of chronic pain management, including veterans suffering from opioid dependency.
Secretary Shulkin expressed his commitment to continuing to work to improve prescribing practices within the VA to reduce rates of opioid addiction.
The exchange can be viewed here.
The daughter of a World War II veteran, Kuster has served on the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee since taking office in 2013. As Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, she has pushed for increased transparency at the VA and has long fought to ensure New Hampshire veterans receive the benefits and access to services they deserve. Kuster has also held a series of roundtables throughout the state with veteran service organizations and local veterans to hear directly from them about how Congress can best serve their needs.