DAV testified in February at the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee

David W. Riley, DAV National Commander and Frances J. Costa, DAVA National H.R. 3216, the Veterans Emergency Treatment Act

DAV testified in February before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health to improve VA emergency care in accordance with National Resolution 240. We urged the statutory requirements of the Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to be applied to emergency care furnished by the VA to, among other things, provide access to emergency care for pregnant women veterans, and to recognize emergency behavioral conditions. EMTALA is a federal law that requires anyone coming to an emergency department to be screened, stabilized and treated.

On Tuesday, September 27, the House of Representatives will be considering H.R. 3216, the Veterans Emergency Treatment (VET) Act, which would apply the requirements of EMTALA to every enrolled veteran to be afforded the highest level of emergency care at every emergency-capable VA medical facility.

Please use the prepared e-mail or draft your own message to request that your Representative vote to pass H.R. 3216.

Thank you for all you do for ill and injured veterans and their families.

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