To contact your elected member of the U.S. House
To contact your elected member of the U.S.
Preserving VA as an Integrated
Health Care System
VAMC Psychiatrist describes the value of VA care:
Laboring in the Shadow of the Media: Care and
Perceptions of Care in the VA
Obama responds to the Commission on Care report, rejects
recommendation to change VA's governance structure.
Read the response here.
Secretary McDonald responds to the Commission on Care report.
Read the response here.
launches ad campaign against privatizing VA.
View their ad on YouTube.
Studies Show Veterans Health Care Improving
The Joint Commission Releases Results of VA Health Care
Surveys to VA
Brief re Commission on Care Final Report: Major Recommendation
Ignores Data, Risks Veterans’ Healthcare from the following organizations:
Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, Association of VA Social
Workers, Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs, Veterans
Affairs Physician Assistant Association, American Federation of
Government Employees, National Federation of Federal Employees,
National Nurses United, National Association of Government
Employees, American Psychological Association, National
Association of Social Workers.
Calls the Commission on Care Report "Horrendous" and
on Care Commissioner Michael Blecker's Dissent
report from the Commission on Care
Proposed Board For A Privatized VA Would Push Vets Out In The
Rockefeller Advocates Against Privatizing VA
President of AFGE:
No, the VA is not broken.
Under Secretary for Health:
Why VA Care Is Different
Service Organizations Express Their Views on Privatizing
Veterans' Health Care
VSO Letter Opposing Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers'
and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA):
IAVA Members Want a Better VA, Not a Privatized VA
Joint VSO Letter Regarding the Choice Program
Joint VSO Letter Opposing the Privatization of VA
Legion Fights Efforts to Privatize VA Care
Veterans of America:
Why Privatizing VA Healthcare Would be a
DAV Addresses the Issue
of Downsizing VA:
View their video here on their Facebook page.
Mental Health Care Better Than Private Sector
A recently published article in
Psychiatric Services reports that the medication treatment
received by veterans in VHA is better than that received by
patients in the private sector.
Read the article here.
of VA and Non-VA Health Care Quality
AVAPL has reviewed the literature on the
quality of VA health care as compared to private and non-VA
public sector health care. In the majority of studies, VA health
care is as good as or better than health care from other
Read the review here.
Medical Innovations and Discoveries:
Summary Fact Sheet compiled by the Association of VA
Custodians of Veteran Health Care
San Francisco-based not-for-profit
organization befitting veterans, Swords to Plowshares, has
distributed an article advocating against the privatizing of VA
health care services.
Read the article here. This article was
written by Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to
Plowshares and a member of the Commission on Care, and he gave
permission to distribute the article.
Washington Monthly: The VA
Isn't Broken Yet
In this article, the Washington
Monthly documents the rise of the Commission on Care and
the push toward privatizing VA.
Read the article here.
AVAPL Presents to the
VA Commission on Care
Members of the AVAPL Exexcutive
Committee and the AVAPL Advisory Committee presented their views
on the advantages of VA-provided care for Veterans at a meeting
of the VA Commission on Care on January 21, 2016.
View the slides from their presentation here.
AVAPL, Association of
VA Social Workers, American Psychological Association, and
National Association of Social Workers Jointly Address Proposed
Efforts to Expand VA Choice Program
Many veterans wait unacceptably long
times for appointments in the Veterans Health Administration
(VHA). The Veterans Access, Choice, Accountability and
Transparency Act of 2014 Choice Card Program was enacted as a
three-year solution to address access problems for selected
veterans. One year into that pilot, there are concerted
Congressional efforts to expand the Choice Program, and make it
permanent. There are no additional appropriations in the Choice
Card Program expansion bills; funding for expanding the Choice
Card Program would come by siphoning allocations from VHA
Medical Centers & Community Based Outpatient Clinics --
downsizing the number of VHA providers and programs. The effect
over time would be to dismantle the VHA system and privatize
care for veterans. The proposed expansion of Choice is
predicated on popular myths, which are critiqued
Poll Shows Veterans
Support VA Health Care, Oppose Privatization
A new poll commissioned by the Vet
Voice Foundation suggests that veterans oppose attempts to
privatize VA health care services. Read the report
Title 38 for Psychologists
Title 38 White Paper
Click here to view the Title 38
White Paper, developed by the AVAPL Executive Committee.