Innovative Cognitive Care For Veterans Act Introduced
US Rep. Diana Hershbarger joined with Congressman Chip Roy ( R-TX) last week, in introducing the Innovative Cognitive Care for Veterans Act. This legislation will direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a pilot program that increases access to innovative cognitive care in partnership with private organizations. According to the lawmakers, recent studies are forecasting increases in cognitive impairments among veterans in the coming decade. Therefore they say it is crucial that the VA broadens the scope of their services. Through this pilot program introduced by the republican house members, veterans will have access to invocative treatment models under the care of a provider and in a comfortable setting of their choice. Harshbarger says ” this legislation marks a leap forward in the VA providing expanded choices for those who made sacrifices for our freedoms”
The Innovative Cognitive Care Act has broad support amongst veterans’ advocacy groups, including the Wounded Warrior Project, National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations, and American Legion.