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Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen in Merrimack to talk about veterans health legislation

Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen met with veterans at the Merrimack VFW Post 8461 Friday to talk about the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, which passed Congress earlier this week.

Army veteran Judy Bell, of Nashua, attended the event. Bell, who was sexually assaulted at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, said the act provides some relief in accessing care. ...

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Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen met with veterans at the Merrimack VFW Post 8461 Friday to talk about the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, which passed Congress earlier this week.

Army veteran Judy Bell, of Nashua, attended the event. Bell, who was sexually assaulted at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, said the act provides some relief in accessing care.

“Women veterans, or another veteran who has suffered, would feel more comfortable when they’re able to get health care in timely manner, in private manner and with dignity,” said Bell, according to the Concord Monitor.

The veterans bill cleared the Senate on a vote of 91-3 on Thursday, one day after the House passed it by 420-5. It was a response to the extremely long delays that some veterans experienced while waiting for care, as well as a cover-up by some agency officials.

Most of the money will be used to let veterans seek care from outside physicians if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or face a long wait to see a doctor at one. The legislation also would allow the hiring of additional physicians for the VA and permit the firing of senior executives guilty of poor performance.