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October 28, 2019

Friends,

It takes an incredible person to answer the call to serve our great nation. For some Americans who are born into military families, service is in their blood. Others enlist for duty and honor. Many join to be a part of something bigger than oneself. And everyone serves to defend and protect our great country.
 
As Vice President Mike Pence recently told service members stationed abroad, ďYou come from the rest of us, but you are the best of us Ė heroes all.Ē

While I didnít have the honor to serve in our Armed Forces, many of my family members have and I consider serving as your United States Representative my chance to fight for our active duty service members, veterans and your families in Congress. I wanted to share a few updates on legislation Iíve been working on that will go a long way to support veterans.

Right now, my staff and I spend a lot of time cutting through needless bureaucracy and red tape for veterans who need access to their service and medical records Ė a process that can drag on for months. Veterans regularly come to my office with stacks and stacks of papers, service records and medical files. Sometimes itís enough papers and files to fill several boxes because the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) still hasnít transitioned to electronic health records. Itís almost 2020 Ė itís past time for our veterans to have the best technology available when it comes to their care.

Iím proud to tell you the Trump Administration has made fixing this problem a top priority. Under President Donald Trumpís leadership, the VA is working to deliver a unified electronic health record (EHR) solution between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA. This will grant doctors and veterans alike access to the complete picture of a veteranís health information Ė improving the VAís ability to care for veterans.

This is a massive, 10-year modernization effort and I want to make sure we do it right.
 
I recently introduced the Department of Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record Advisory Committee Act (H.R. 4693), a bipartisan bill to ensure we have transparency and accountability to make this transition as seamless as possible for veterans. The new electronic health record system is too important to veteransí health care for the VA to get wrong, and my bill will provide strong oversight.
 

In this same vein, itís important to ensure professionals who care for our veterans are the very best available. I was extremely concerned when I found out the VA was hiring some providers with revoked licenses. Thatís why I introduced a bill to ensure there are clinical reviews for all care recommended by these providers. If the third-party review finds a practitioner would have recommended a different treatment plan, the veteran will be notified. This legislation is a common-sense step to hold accountable providers who had a revoked license and to ensure our veterans received proper treatment and care.

As Fort Braggís Congressman and a voice for veterans across the district, I will continue to do everything in my power to fight for our veterans and ensure you have the best health care out there.
 
If any veterans in the Eighth District can't get an answer from the VA in a timely fashion or if they feel they have been treated unfairly, please reach out to my Concord office at 704-786-1612, my Fayetteville office at 910-997-2070, or my Pinehurst office at 910-246-5374.
 
I am here to serve you and will work hard to help in any way I can.

Until next week

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)




 


 



 


 


 





 



 




 





 

 



 








 



 



 


 



 





 




 



 








 





 






 




 

 



 



 

 





 

 








 



 

 

 

 

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