Gibbs Asks VA Secretary Wilkie for Status on VA Billing Reforms

June 7, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Bob Gibbs led a group of members of Congress today requesting an update from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on the implementation of provisions related to payment to third-party providers within the VA MISSION Act, signed into law one year ago. As veterans have been given more options in seeking care outside of a VA facility, payments to those third-party providers have been delayed. This causes complications and can affect veterans’ finances or credit score.

Since the 2014 revelations of secret waiting lists, mismanaged facilities, and altered data intended to hide poor performances, Congress conducted rigorous oversight and passed legislation to clean up the Department of Veterans Affairs, culminating in the 2017 reauthorization of the Veterans Choice Act, and the VA MISSION Act of 2018.  As the VA MISSION Act is implemented, Gibbs and his colleagues are requesting information on billing reform, and how it will improve care for veteran patients and reduce the backlog of private provider billing.

After sending the letter, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“The nation was justifiably horrified to learn of the mismanagement and coverups that led to the deaths of veterans waiting for care. Congress, working with Trump Administration, wants to ensure the VA implements reforms and improves billing procedures so they are no longer medically or financially detrimental to veterans in their care. We all want to provide the best medical care and customer service to the men and women who risked their lives in service to our nation, many of whom have service-connected medical concerns. As the VA MISSION Act’s reforms are put into full effect, we want to ensure the results match the intent and goals of the legislation. We look forward to hearing from Secretary Wilkie on the progress being made.”

A copy of the letter can be read here.