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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

Stefanik Introduces Bill to Tackle the VA's Backlog in Hiring Doctors

June 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) introduced the bipartisan Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act. This legislation allows the VA to recruit resident physicians earlier, offering doctors a conditional job offer up to two years prior to their graduation. Currently, the VA must wait to recruit resident doctors until they have completed their residency as doctors. This bipartisan bill removes this limitation, allowing the VA to compete with the private sector for the best doctors.

“This important legislation will help make sure our heroes get the care they deserve,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “In my district, the Samuel S Stratton VAMC alone has over 28,000 enrolled patients with an average wait time of 11.25 days for a primary care appointment. This legislation will allow the VA to recruit on an even playing field with the private sector, providing more doctors to care for these North Country heroes.”

“There are more than 43,000 unfilled medical positions at the VA. This prevents the VA from providing quality care that our veterans have earned. The sooner we can hire more qualified doctors to see our veterans, the better,” said O’Rourke.

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