Congressman Tim Ryan Issues Statement on the Failure of the Senate to Pass Veteran’s Health Bill

Feb 28, 2014 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement in response to Senate Republicans refusing to end debate on the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. This legislation contains many provisions sought by Congressman Ryan in his Veterans and Armed Forces Health Promotion Act of 2013:

“I am disappointed that Senate Republicans continue to play politics with veterans’ health and retirement benefits. In addition to reinstating the pension cuts that were passed in the 2014 Budget Agreement, this legislation contains language that would help expand and improve health benefits for our nation’s veterans. The bill would help promote the use of innovative treatments by establishing complementary and alternative medicine pilot programs for mental health and pain management for veterans. It also provides combat veterans and their family members increased access to wellness programs around the country, and creates additional pilot programs on health promotion for obese and overweight veterans through support of fitness center memberships, and provisions of comprehensive medical nutrition therapy.

“There is no one size fits all when it comes to improving the health and well-being of our veterans. We have to think about new advanced ways to treat these men and women—and this bill is a crucial first step. I call upon my Senate colleagues to do the right thing for our veteran’s community and pass this legislation. I will continue to fight for these and other provisions to be implemented”

Last Fall, Congressman Tim Ryan introduced the Veterans and Armed Forces Health Promotion Act of 2013 which is the House of Representatives’ companion legislation of the Senate’s Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014.