HJR 10: Urging the United States Congress to improve health care for veterans.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 10 01 Urging the United States Congress to improve health care for veterans. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the Veterans Health Administration in the United States Department of 04 Veterans Affairs, the gateway to veterans' health care, is backlogged because of inadequate 05 resources; and 06 WHEREAS the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform is composed of 07 the American Legion, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association, Disabled American 08 Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of 09 America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America; and 10 WHEREAS the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform has found the 11 current funding mechanism for veterans' health care to be unreliable and vulnerable to 12 political posturing, cost cutting, and budget gimmickry; and 13 WHEREAS the number of veterans increases every day as members of the military 14 return from overseas and re-enter civilian life; and 15 WHEREAS the medical needs of returning veterans, especially those suffering from 16 traumatic brain injury and other combat-related psychological injuries, must be met; and
01 WHEREAS the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System facility in Anchorage and the 02 Veterans Affairs Community-based Outpatient Clinics in Fort Wainwright and Kenai provide 03 outpatient services for Alaska's veterans, but Alaska remains one of three states that does not 04 have a veterans' hospital that provides acute care inpatient services; and 05 WHEREAS the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Act of 2008, introduced in the 06 110th Congress, allows for a two-fiscal-year budget authority for veterans' health care 07 programs and requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on the 08 adequacy and accuracy of baseline model projections for veterans' health care expenditures of 09 the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; and 10 WHEREAS the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform endorses the 11 Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Act of 2008; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 13 Congress to provide adequate funding and resources to enable the Veterans Health 14 Administration to properly care for the health care needs of all veterans by adopting a method 15 similar to that proposed in the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform Act of 2008; and be it 16 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 17 Congress to provide the United States Department of Veterans Affairs with sufficient, timely, 18 and predictable funding for veterans' health care programs; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 20 Congress to increase funding for research into traumatic brain injuries; and be it 21 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 22 Congress to encourage the Veterans Health Administration to improve its electronic claims 23 filing process and its ability to use information contained in military records; and be it 24 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 25 Congress to establish veterans' hospitals in those states that do not have veterans' hospitals; 26 and be it 27 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages the United 28 States Department of Veterans Affairs to create a special health pass or "heroes health card" 29 to provide veterans with health care in local communities by coordinating care provided by 30 local doctors and community health care facilities with care provided by military doctors and 31 medical facilities.
01 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 02 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 03 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Robert C. Byrd, President Pro Tempore of the 04 U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the 05 Honorable Daniel Akaka, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs; the 06 Honorable Bob Filner, Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs; the 07 Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs; the Honorable 08 Michael B. Donley, United States Secretary of the Air Force; the Honorable Pete Geren, 09 United States Secretary of the Army; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable 10 Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of 11 the Alaska delegation in Congress.