FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – On Friday, March 23, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC, District-08), representing Cumberland (Ft. Bragg), Moore, Hoke, Montgomery, Carrabus, Rowan and Stanley Counties, hosted the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to conduct an open oversight field hearing entitled, “Partnering, Payment and Provider Access: VA Community Care in North Carolina.”
Rep. Hudson was joined by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), Rep. Neal Dunn, M.D. (FL-02), and Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09) for the hearing at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Roe and Dunn each praised Hudson and Pittenger for their efforts to help local veterans. And the two local congressmen said they were committed to improving access to VA care.
Several veterans service organizations from across North Carolina attended the hearing. Afterward, Hudson and Pittenger encouraged veterans and organizations to reach out to their offices with issues or suggestions to improve care for veterans. “Veterans all have a voice,” Hudson said. “This is a good opportunity for us to have our voices heard.”
During the hearing, Rep. Hudson and the Committee heard from caregivers, veterans, representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and community health providers and discussed strategies to improve the VA’s care in the community programs – including the Choice program – to facilitate access to timely, quality care for veterans in North Carolina, both inside the VA health care system and in the community. As part of that conversation, the Committee assessed actions that may be needed to strengthen VA’s community partnerships, create successful working relationships with community providers, and streamline prompt payment and access to information.
“This bureaucracy is not going to get fixed unless Congress makes it get fixed, and we’re working really hard on doing that,” said US Rep. Richard Hudson. Hudson and Chairman Phil Roe said they’re taking the concerns back to Washington to urge lawmakers to get to work on these important issues.