Contrary to popular belief, not all veterans are eligible for, enrolled in, or even fully covered by the VA’s health care system. In actuality, most veterans and their families depend on private health insurance, which covers 13.6 million veterans, 18 or public insurance such as Medicaid, to which nearly 1.8 million veterans turn for coverage. According to a recent report by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, under the ACA, the number of uninsured veterans decreased nearly 40 percent between 2013 and 2015 thanks largely to the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid coverage. These vital health coverage gains for extremely vulnerable veterans and their families will be wiped out should Congress’ latest ACA repeal efforts become law.Under previous congressional repeal proposals, nearly half a million veterans would have lost Medicaid benefits by 2026. The latest ACA repeal effort—referred to as the Graham-Cassidy bill after its two lead sponsors—is even more radical: It stops funding for the ACA’s Medicaid expansion after 2026 and caps the remaining Medicaid program. This proposal is estimated to cost 579,000 veterans their Medicaid coverage by 2027.
Tennessee is home to 450,899 veterans according to the Housing Assistance Council. These men and women have served our country with their heart and soul. They are our ultimate super heroes and deserve quality care. “Our Miss Brooks” will fight to do the following:
Advocate for a quality VA healthcare system where veterans have a voice for their health care provider.
Continue to support legislation that has provided online opportunities such as telehealth that has decreased the wait time of in person appointments.
Advocate to decrease the veteran 7.9% poverty level by working with the Senate to legislate resources that will provide career opportunities to transition them into an empowered and independent life.