Portman Statement on VA MISSION Act Signed Into Law

June 6, 2018 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law the VA MISSION Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at providing veterans with access to efficient, timely, and quality health care and services in their own communities.  Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) strongly supported this legislation, and the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 92-5 on May 23, 2018.  Portman issued the following statement:

“I strongly support the innovative reforms in the VA MISSION Act, and I’m pleased the president has signed this bill into law.  It’s appropriate that this bill becomes law on the anniversary of D-Day, as we stop to reflect on the bravery of our soldiers on the beaches of Normandy 74 years ago. This bill puts the needs of veterans first by giving them the option of seeking care when and where it makes the most sense for their health care needs.  In addition, the bill helps improve existing VA health care and services by strengthening opioid prescription guidelines for non-VA providers, removing barriers for VA health care professionals to practice telemedicine, and providing new tools for attracting and retaining VA health care professionals. Our veterans fought to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life, and we are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice.  We have a responsibility to take care of them, and this bill will make needed changes at the VA to help fulfill that promise.”