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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Key Groups Endorse MacArthur's Veterans' Mental Health Bill

May 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur announced that his bill, the Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act, had earned the endorsement of the New Jersey Hospital Association and New Jersey Chapter 899 of the Vietnam Veterans of America:

"I'm grateful that support for this necessary solution continues to grow," MacArthur said. "During an incredibly challenging time in their lives, our veterans shouldn't have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to access mental health care. I'm glad these groups agree that it is important that we give the men and women who served our country the support they need, when and where they need it."

MacArthur's bill would allow any veteran enrolled in the Choice program to immediately access mental health care at any facility normally eligible for reimbursement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"Non-VA healthcare facilities all over the state of New Jersey are capable and eager to offer care to the men and women who served our country," said Betsy Ryan, President and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association. "With over 700,000 veterans in our state, the Veterans’ Mental Health Care Access Act is an important step in addressing some of the serious mental health challenges many of the veterans face in our state."

"We believe that expanding the Choice program so that all veterans can immediately receive full reimbursement of mental health care at private facilities will help to improve the metal health care and well-being of our veterans," said Bill West, President of the New Jersey Chapter 899 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. "We applaud Congressman MacArthur for introducing this legislation and offer our full support for it."


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