Advocates seeking better access to health care for veterans

Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 6:08 PM CST
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State Senator Rene Garcia and a group of veterans and vets' advocates are asking the Legislature to move legislation that seeks to increase health care access to Florida’s veterans.

The bill would create the Veterans Care Program within the Agency for Health Care Administration, which would work to get federal money to help find alternative health care options for veterans in the state.

Senator Garcia says it’s need because for some veterans, VA services aren't easily accessible.

“We don’t want to take anything away from the VA. We want to make sure that we enhance and give and work in conjunction with our federal partners to ensure that, especially those that live in rural areas, have access to quality care and most importantly choice,” said Garcia.

While the bill is steadily moving through the Senate, it’s stalled in the House.

Advocates hope the language can be tagged on to another bill to help push it through the finish line.