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Knight unveils Convenient Care Initiative for veterans

New program improves options and accessibility

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Washington, DC, May 31, 2018 | Chris Jusuf (202-225-1956) | comments
On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) hosted a ceremony in Palmdale to announce the formal launch of the Convenient Care Initiative. This new program, established by Rep. Knight in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs, would allow veterans who receive healthcare through the Veterans Health Administration to receive treatment for minor illnesses and injuries from certain urgent care centers. A fact sheet on the new program can be found HERE.

Thursday's event, held at Heritage Sierra Medical Group's facility in Palmdale, was attended by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and several officials from the VA, including Brooks Tucker, Assistant Secretary of Congressional Affairs, and Robert McKenrick, Executive Director of Clinical Care for the VA Greater Los Angeles region. Additionally, TriWest Healthcare Alliance President and CEO David McIntyre and representatives from local veteran organizations were also in attendance.

"Today's event was a huge success,said Rep. Knight "But more importantly, this program has already proven to be successful in providing better care options for our region's veterans. As anyone who lives in the Antelope Valley knows, driving down to Los Angeles can take several hours and be cost prohibitive. When you need medical care and the closest VA facility is in L.A., this is often unacceptable. By expanding options for vets to get treatment at local clinics, we can ensure they get the healthcare they need in a timely, efficient, and convenient manner. This is a big win for the veterans of our region and I am very proud of the work we've done with the VA to get it launched."

"Today brings us one step closer to fulfilling America's promise to those who served.said Majority Leader McCarthy "Through the Convenient Care Initiative, our nation's heroes will for the first time ever be able to meet their healthcare needs without ever leaving their communities. We all know that sickness cannot be scheduled and that injury does not strike when it is convenient, and our veterans will no longer have to worry about their health over weekends, holidays, or when the VA cannot schedule an appointment in a timely manner. I want to thank Secretary-designate Wilkie, Assistant Secretary Tucker, and the entire VA team who helped to bring this Convenient Care Initiative to fruition. Finally, I would like to thank Congressman Knight for making today possible and for working together on this important work for our veterans in our region."

"VA and local communities need to look at joint initiatives like the one in the Antelope Valley and Bakersfield to help more veterans get access to care when and where they need it." said Assistant Secretary Tucker.

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a coinciding press release HERE.
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