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Capitol Health Call
September 9, 2009

VA and Women’s Health

JAMA. 2009;302(10):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1272

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is considering options to improve the delivery of health care services to female veterans.

Testimony at a July 16 hearing of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, described how heath care delivery for women by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) falls short.

Rep John J. Hall (D, NY), who chairs the subcommittee, said the VA and Department of Defense needed to do a better job assisting the 1.8 million female veterans. “[The subcommittee] has all too often received reports about destroyed, lost, and unassociated records that either never make it from the Department of Defense to VA or VA loses once in their possession,” said Hall in prepared remarks. “Therefore, it is no surprise that women veterans are at a greater disadvantage since their military assignments and records are less likely to reflect their actual service, exposure to combat, or other traumatic events.”

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