Washington, DC– Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has cosponsored H.R. 3497, the Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act – bipartisan legislation to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program that would establish a patient-centered medical records system for veterans that is secure, portable and comprehensive. Currently, patients receiving care in the private sector have access to their medical records and can easily share them with doctors and other health care providers.  This legislation brings veteran healthcare in line with private sector care, and increases portability and choice as veterans seek the care they deserve.

“Our veterans deserve the best healthcare possible. With so many heroes returning home with service-related injuries, it only makes sense to do all we can to make it easier for our veterans to access care,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act will bring much needed portability and flexibility to veterans’ healthcare. This flexibility has long been enjoyed by civilians in the private sector, and I’ll keep working in Congress to improve our VA Health Care system and ensure they benefits they’ve earned are properly and compassionately delivered.”