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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Proud to Join Fight for Veterans Healthcare

December 9, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Tom MacArthur today cosponsored legislation to give America’s veterans faster and better access to quality health care outside the problem-plagued Veterans Health Administration. The Veterans Freedom of Healthcare Act was introduced by Representative Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and has the support of Republicans, Democrats, local veterans’ organizations and health care providers.

The Act would allow America’s heroes to use their VA benefits at the health care provider of their choice, like a doctor in their own town, instead of having to travel to a different city or state for an appointment.

“Our veterans deserve access to quality care anytime, anywhere," said Congressman Tom MacArthur. "Our current system limits veterans to particular hospitals or clinics and doesn’t give our nation’s heroes the best care available. There are far too many veterans waiting months to be seen by a healthcare professional within the VA system and it’s an absolute travesty. This bill would give our veterans the choice to seek medical care outside of the VA system and improve access and quality for every individual that has served our nation. I am proud to join Congressman Norcross in the pursuit of bipartisan solutions to ensure South Jersey veterans have access to the high quality care they deserve.”

“Our veterans didn’t wait to answer the call of duty to serve and protect our freedoms. They shouldn’t have to wait for quality health care. They deserve the freedom to choose their own health care provider,” said Rep. Donald Norcross. “Many of these veterans didn’t have the choice when it came to military service.  Now, they deserve a choice. A choice of where they wish to go for health care, and when. And by the best caregivers America can provide. I share Congressman MacArthur’s commitment to ensuring our heroes get the care they’ve earned through their service to our country.”

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