By: Creighton  S.C.R. No. 52
         (In the Senate - Filed April 12, 2017; April 18, 2017, read
  first time and referred to Committee on Veteran Affairs and Border
  Security; May 1, 2017, reported adversely, with favorable
  Committee Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 6, Nays 0;
  May 1, 2017, sent to printer.)
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  WHEREAS, The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is charged
  with ensuring the health and well-being of the nation's veterans,
  but in recent years, its failure to adequately perform its mission
  has been the source of scandal; and
         WHEREAS, In 2014, the United States Congress responded to
  unconscionable delays and denials of care at VA facilities by
  passing the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, which
  allows access to private medical care providers for veterans who
  have been waiting more than 30 days for an appointment or who live
  more than 40 miles from a VA facility; this law is set to expire in
  2017; and
         WHEREAS, By expanding the reforms of the Veterans Choice Act,
  Congress can improve the VA system, broadening access to timely
  health care while offering greater choice and flexibility to every
  eligible veteran; experts have proposed allowing access to walk-in
  clinics without preauthorization or copayment, expanding VA
  pharmacy hours and telemedicine, and extending the Veterans Choice
  Card program to permit all qualified veterans to see the doctor of
  their choice; in addition, those who have studied the system
  carefully encourage best-practices peer review for VA facilities;
         WHEREAS, Our nation's veterans have made enormous sacrifices
  to guarantee our freedoms, and although the nation can never fully
  repay its debt of gratitude, it can and should ensure timely access
  to the highest quality of medical care; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress to enact
  legislation to ensure that all veterans receive in a timely manner
  the level of medical care that they have earned and that they so
  richly deserve; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that
  this resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.
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