Senator calls for open VA nursing home ratings

U.S. Senator Doug Jones Tuesday filed an amendment that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report on or before November 11 to the U.S. Congress on the ratings given to VA-run nursing homes, according to Patch.

Jones proposed the amendment to H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that is currently being considered on the Senate floor. The amendment follows on a study this week which showed very poor ratings for the VA nursing facilities in Tuscaloosa and Tuskegee, Alabama.

Jones' amendment is cosponsored by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

"Our veterans deserve better than this. As the son of an elderly veteran, learning that out of 133 VA nursing homes nationwide, Tuscaloosa and Tuskegee both rated well below standards our veterans deserve was quite frankly shocking and we need to get to the bottom of this issue," Jones said. "Alabama prides itself on being as veteran-friendly as any state in the nation, but our veterans and their families need full transparency about these facilities so they can make the best health care decisions for themselves. That's why I'm proposing this annual report requirement for the VA, which will help meet the President's stated goal of greater transparency for the agency and better care for our nation's veterans."

You can read the full story at Patch.

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