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Capitol Health Call
January 12, 2016

Bill Introduced to Protect Veterans Affairs Whistle-blowers

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JAMA. 2016;315(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.18251

A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced the VA Patient Protection Act to force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address reports of abuse of patients and to punish VA managers who ignore, intimidate, and retaliate against whistle-blowers (http://1.usa.gov/1O1Gitv).

“All too often, VA managers have sought to intimidate or punish public servants who disclose important information about health-care delays, fraudulent record-keeping, or other issues,” Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said in a statement (http://1.usa.gov/1IBtBUx).