Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Perriello: Initiatives to Increase Access to Health Care for Rural Veterans

Yesterday in Franklin County, Rep. Perriello, with his Veterans Advisory Board, announced several legislative initiatives he will proprose to increase access to health care for rural veterans. Money quote:
Congressman Tom Perriello is ramping up efforts to expand health care access to veterans in rural areas. He is proposing a series of legislative initiatives to give rural veterans more health care options: increasing access to care at Community Health Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics; expanding telemedicine and home visits by nurses and health aides; and assisting with transportation to medical facilities.
Saith Perriello:
“Our veterans who fought to protect our freedom deserve nothing less than world-class healthcare when they return. But for veterans in rural areas, care can sometimes mean driving long distances or limited options,” said Perriello. “I want to ensure veterans in our small towns and rural communities have increased access to community clinics, better transportation, and telemedicine.”
According to the Danville Register & Bee, Perriello then visited Veterans in the Danville area community to discuss these ideas, which derived from earlier meetings with the Veterans Advisory Board.

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