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Working To Give Veterans Quality Health Care

I recently introduced legislation with Senator Burr to ensure that veterans who are experiencing delays at the VA can seek health care outside of the VA system. The legislation also makes needed changes and reforms to address the bureaucratic delays, hassles and confusion that veterans have continued to experience in attempting to get health care. We cannot let the failure of the VA bureaucracy prevent our veterans from receiving the health care they need and deserve. The Veterans Choice Improvement Act will help veterans in North Carolina and across the nation receive higher quality and more timely health care.

If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is having trouble getting care from the VA for any issue, please do not hesitate to contact my Raleigh office at 919-856-4630 or Charlotte office at 704-509-9087. 

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined with others in the Senate to propose new legislation aimed at making improvements to a program designed to speed up veterans' access to specialty care. The VA Choice Program was created in 2014 after it was revealed that some veterans were waiting months for specialty care at VA hospitals. Under the program, veterans who have to wait more than 30 days to see a specialist are eligible to see a private physician. - WBTV


Fighting Against Cuts To Autism Therapy For Military Children

Last month, I led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter calling for an immediate postponement of planned reductions to TRICARE’s reimbursement rates for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to beneficiaries diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). TRICARE is a managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. The cuts to TRICARE reimbursement rates will likely result in a severe reduction in access to crucial autism therapy services for the more than 26,000 children of military personnel and retirees with autism. In the letter, we noted that the planned rate cuts to ABA will be particularly burdensome to TRICARE beneficiaries living in areas where the demand for autism services already outstrips the supply, making it even more difficult for their children to get the care they need.

The senators [Tillis and Gillibrand] warned the proposed cuts would bring the military’s compensation for healthcare professionals who work with autistic children to 35 percent below the national average. The military currently pays autism professionals a wage of $125 an hour. If the cuts go into effect, that wage would be lowered, and critics say it would result in children losing treatment. - The Hill


Fighting To Find A Cure For Alzheimer's

Yesterday, I spoke at the Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing to discuss the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease, and shared my own personal experience as a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Watch the video here.


"I met with the North Carolina delegation [from the Alzheimer’s Association] earlier this morning, and I was happy to see them, because this is something that I first got introduced to back in 1988 with my own grandmother...Clearly, if you’ve been touched by someone who has had Alzheimer’s, you know the personal drain that is has. I was a caregiver along with my mother and my two aunts for my grandmother, and I tried to educate myself so we could become better caregivers. Our instincts for providing care are almost the opposite of what we really need to do to provide care that is in the best interest of the person suffering from Alzheimer’s. We have to spend far more resources today until we can find a cure and try to provide the support and education that the caregivers need so we can enrich their lives and they’re in a better position to enrich the lives of people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s.”  - Senator Tillis


I recently stopped by the Greensboro Police Department to thank those who protect and serve NC citizens.



Thank you for taking the time to read my update, I will continue to work hard to represent all North Carolinians in the Senate and deliver results. As always, please don't hesitate to contact my office if we can assist you in any matter regarding a government agency. 

All the best,