The VA MISSION Act, signed into law last year, gives veterans more access to medical care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. This was a much-needed reform to ensure that veterans can get the care they need when they need it.
But even though vets have access to more health care in their communities, they still have fewer options than they should.
Certificate-of-need laws artificially limit the medical facilities and services available to patients. CON laws protect existing providers by putting an undue burden on facilities to prove their services are needed. This inflates the cost of health care and takes an especially harsh toll on rural communities with fewer medical facilities.
Florida’s veterans and civilians need more access to quality, affordable care – not less. Repealing CON laws would open the market to better, more accessible medical care.
Tell your lawmaker to support the veteran community by giving them more health care options!