Congressman Rose (NY) has introduced H.R. 3036, the Breaking Barriers for Women Veterans Act, to correct environmental, structural, and staff deficiencies to ensure VA's delivery of high-quality health care to women veterans. The bill would authorize $20 million to assist VA in addressing deficiencies it identifies in annual environment of care surveys to assure that the privacy, security and dignity of patients is upheld at each VA medical center. It would also require VA to ensure it had a women's health primary care and emergency care provider at each health care facility and to develop more in-house expertise by offering training to VA physicians and other independent practitioners. It would require VA to develop a training curriculum for community care providers treating women veterans and also require a study to understand the staff and training needs of women veterans' program managers and determine whether the appointment of an ombudsman for women veterans is warranted.
By creating the resources necessary, the legislation will better ensure that women veterans have expert care for gender-related issues wherever they seek such care within the VA health care system or in sponsored settings.
Please ask your representative to cosponsor and support H.R. 3036.