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House passes bill by Rep. Marcy Kaptur to boost trainees at VA hospitals

July 25, 2018

House passes bill by Rep. Marcy Kaptur to boost trainees at VA hospitals

WASHINGTON, D. C. - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a measure by Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur that encourages medical students to obtain their needed clinical observation hours at Veterans Administration hospitals.

The bill adopted in a non-controversial voice vote would create shadowing and training opportunities through a pilot program for individuals entering the medical profession, including doctors, nurses, and physical therapists, who provide health care services for veterans. 

“Opportunities to shadow are limited and are based on where you go to school or who you know and students who attend schools outside major cities as well as those whose families lack connections to the medical community find it harder and harder to shadow and are thus disadvantaged in medical school admissions,” Kaptur said on the House of Representatives floor.

She said her bill would expand the pool of health providers and make them more aware of veterans’ specific health care needs, potentially making a dent in the shortage of health care professionals.

Now that the bill has passed the House, Kaptur’s office said she will find a colleague in the U.S. Senate to introduce it.

“There’s a lot of optimism that we can find a partner over there,” said Kaptur spokesman Joshua Stewart.

WATCH: The U.S. House is debating my bill the VET HP Act that would expand training and shadowing opportunities so medical students can gain valuable experience in providing our veterans with health care. https://t.co/IB1IUwWy7A— Marcy Kaptur (@RepMarcyKaptur) July 24, 2018

 

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