Service Officer Notes April 2018

VetText..

Gives Veterans the opportunity to confirm & cancel their VA appointments at their PC, MH and S&D Clinics. When a Veteran provides their cell phone number, it will automatically generate a text message to the patient about any of their upcoming VA appointments seven days and two days out. If a Veteran cannot make their appointment, they will have the ability to cancel their appointment through the text message allowing another Veteran to take their appointment slot. This will help alleviate missed appointments at the clinics and improve Veteran Access. If you have any questions, please contact Jose Lujan at the VA Prescott; 928 445-4860 ext. 6735.
WASHINGTON — The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans’ health care. The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.

The $16.3 billion measure, which was unveiled Monday by the chairmen of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees, is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses
to treat them and make firing senior executives at the VA easier. The measure includes $10 billion in emergency spending to help veterans who can’t get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff and about $1.3 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country.

Gary

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