"Our veterans deserve to receive treatment quickly, and they deserve the best care our country can offer," Shea-Porter said. "To achieve those goals, the VA needs fully qualified long-term staff, and one thing holding the VA back right now is that doctors can make more money and pay back student loans faster by working in the private sector. My legislation would help some VA employees get out from under their student debt as long as they are serving our veterans. "
"A major issue facing the VA is the lack of medical professionals available to help our veterans. We need a responsible and commonsense solution in order to ensure veterans receive the quality and timely medical care they deserve. Today, we're introducing an expansion of the VA's loan forgiveness program that would help VA medical professionals repay their student loans while also addressing the shortage of medical professionals at the VA," Congressman Tierney said.
"As I visit the VA health centers in
The long wait times that have plagued VA medical facilities across the country are caused in part by staff shortages. In May, The New York Times reported that "at the heart of the falsified data in
VA doctors are supposed to take care of about 1,200 patients each, but staff shortages have forced them to treat more than 2,000 each, according to
The DELIVER Act will make it easier for VA employees to pay back student loans, thus ensuring they can attract and retain high-quality professionals and give our nation's veterans the best possible care. Specifically, the DELIVER Act would "direct the Secretary of
Full text of the legislation is available here http://shea-porter.house.gov/sites/shea-porter.house.gov/files/DELIVER_Act.pdf.
Read this original document at: http://tierney.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/shea-porter-tierney-loebsack-introduce-deliver-act-to-improve-wait-times-at
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