Anti-Trump Lawmakers Push Bill to Scrap Trump-Era Win for Veterans’ Health Care

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) are on the brink of potentially undermining one of former President Donald Trump’s centerpiece Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reforms. He is promoting a certain health care bill.

The VA is the nation’s largest health care system. However, its medical records system suffers from an aging record-keeping system. Under President Donald Trump’s administration, the Veterans Administration moved to: update Veteran health records will be seamlessly transferred from the Department of Defense to the Veterans Administration. The movement is quoted It was often cited by the Trump administration as one of the key reforms the 45th president implemented for America’s veterans.

In 2018, then-Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie said: signed The contract with Cerner, now owned by Oracle, will modernize health IT systems and provide seamless care for veterans as they transition from military service to veteran status.

“President Trump has made it very clear to me that he wants this contract to do the right thing for both veterans and taxpayers, and now I can say without a doubt that it is the right thing to do. ” Wilkie said in a statement signing the agreement.

He continued, “In short, signing this contract today is a huge victory for our nation’s veterans. We are putting in place state-of-the-art IT systems that will support the best possible health care for decades to come.” That’s what a hero of our country deserves.”

Hats from World War II veterans Sidney Walton, Allen Jones, Paul Criner and Floyd Wigfield, from left, in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Washington. President Donald Trump receives the award. Manuel Balce Seneta/AP)

Despite progress made in updating the Veterans Administration’s electronic health records system, anti-Trump lawmakers are pushing legislation that could undermine President Trump’s legacy of supporting America’s veterans. .

This week, House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee leaders, including Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester and other leaders, released HR 8371, Sen. Elizabeth Dole 21st Century Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. Aims to improve health care delivery to veterans and their families.

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Technology Modernization Subcommittee, is also pushing for the bill, which is part of President Trump’s efforts to improve the VA medical records system. may be damaged. he also Attacked Oracle system of record migration progress.

Tester frequently opposed the Trump administration and policies. saying He claimed that Trump’s racism allegations are dividing the country.

Mr. Rosendale, a Republican, declined to take a call from Mr. Trump during the race for speakership at the beginning of this Congressional term.Rosendale can be seen in the now infamous image give “Heisman” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) hands President Trump the phone and tries to snub him. Mr. Rosendale had long refused to support Mr. Trump.

In the final moments of a contentious debate on the fourth day of voting to elect a new speaker, Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) (left) was offered by Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) A member of the House of Representatives refuses to speak to former President Donald Trump by phone on January 7, 2023, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Greene later said Rosendale “cannot be trusted” because he turned his back on Trump but only “begged” him for support when he wanted to run for re-election.

Despite being aimed at helping veterans, the proposed bill contains concerning provisions that could undermine President Trump’s progress modernizing the Veterans Administration’s electronic records. . Title V of this section is the EHRM RESET Act, which has several concerning provisions that could lead to delays in restarting his EHRM or modernizing his electronic health record, and even if the program There is a possibility that it will end in two years and be wasted. Billions of dollars and years of effort have been spent improving records management systems.

The same process for modernizing electronic health records has already been implemented at the Department of Defense (DOD), which has shown that the process works and can be used successfully to modernize health records at the VA.

Some of the related programs under Title V of the Act:

  • Section 511 creates a new health information technology program.
    • Three major technology modernization efforts are already underway at VA.
  • Section 522 creates two sets of certifications that must be achieved to move forward from reset.
    • This certification structure promoted a patchwork systems approach and customization, which led to a lack of interoperability with the previous system of record, VistA.
    • This certification system removes the department’s decision-making authority from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and instead delegates authority to more than 150 field leaders.
  • The Fiscal Year 2024 military construction appropriations bill already takes a more strategic approach in establishing metrics to determine EHRM reset progress.
  • Section 523 places a two-year cliff in the EHRM program, forcing sites to revert to the previous program of record, VistA.

Essentially, the provisions of this law would jeopardize the EHRM program if progress is made toward improving the Veterans Administration’s processes.

In April, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dennis McDonough praised The ministry said it had “successfully” rolled out the EHR system and “feedback has been very positive.”

“One measure of success will be the speed with which we return veterans to higher levels of pre-deployment appointments,” McDonough said during a House appropriations hearing. “So overall, the rollout was at a high level of expectation.”

Despite so many provisions that could undermine Trump’s legacy on veterans issues, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) continues these controversial provisions in this bill. It remains unclear whether this will be allowed. Veterans Affairs lawmakers are pressuring the speaker to pass the bill just before Memorial Day.