AMA Asks Obama to Cover Vets Outside VA
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:50 PM

The AMA wants President Obama to expand health coverage for veterans by allowing physicians practicing outside the Veterans Affairs system to bridge the gap for veterans unable to access VA care.

"When we looked at what was going on with the Veterans Administration, it became clear that the AMA really needed to take some leadership role in what we could do," Lee S. Perrin, MD, Boston, the delegate from the Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), said in the reference committee.  Perrin said the OMSS was specifically asking for the AMA to encourage physicians to treat veterans in need of care, and to develop and provide useful materials to help non-VA physicians treat veterans who have health complications unique to veterans.