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Tipton Praises VA Secretary for Improving Veteran Dental Benefits

January 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution approving a Veterans Administration (VA) waiver to create a dental benefit pilot program aimed to expand and improve how dental benefits are administered. In 2018, President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act into law which gave broader authority for the VA to provide veterans more choice in their healthcare options. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), who has introduced legislation in the House to expand dental benefits for low-income veterans, is a vocal advocate for improving access to healthcare for veterans in their communities. He praised the resolution passing the House and released the following statement:

“I applaud Secretary Wilkie’s work to eliminate barriers that prevent veterans from receiving quality health and dental benefits, an idea I have been working on in the House. Dental care is a critical component of improving overall health, and veterans, especially those with low income, should not be penalized for a lack of adequate resources. More than 50,000 veterans call Colorado’s Third Congressional district home and I remain focused on improving their access to the benefits they have earned. This pilot program is a step in the right direction.”

Background:

  • H.J. Res. 80, would formally approve VA’s first request for a waiver under the Center for Innovation for Care and Payment, which was created by the MISSION Act to increase quality of care for America’s veterans at an increased value for America’s taxpayers.
  • This resolution would approve VA’s request to increase access to dental care for veterans who are ineligible for VA-provided dental services.
  • Tipton reintroduced the Dental Care for Low-Income Veterans Act which would create an exemption within the current eligibility requirements for veterans who meet certain income thresholds.

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