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Sunday, March 21, 2010

AMVETS' Statement on Health Care Reform

Below is the statement issued by AMVETS tonight on proposed health care reform and protections for VA and military health care programs:

AMVETS Applauds Skelton Bill to Protect Military Health Care

LANHAM, Md., March 21, 2010--AMVETS leaders applauded the passing of H.R. 4887, introduced by Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), that will protect specific health care benefits of military veterans, members of the Armed Forces and their families.

AMVETS National Legislative Director Raymond Kelly said Sunday that AMVETS leaders have always understood the intent of H.R. 3590: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and believed it would not compromise the health care benefits of American Veterans.

“AMVETS continues to share the opinion of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other VA and Department of Defense leaders that health care reform legislation does not threaten the veterans’ community,” said Kelley. “The successful passing of Rep. Skelton’s legislation only solidifies our belief and erases any and all doubt of potential harm.”

Kelly said AMVETS will continue to monitor the debate to ensure the Senate version of H.R. 4887 also passes.

AMVETS leaders will continue to follow the health care debate, as the House of Representatives plans to vote on the health care reform bill tonight.

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