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8/28/2014 Congressman: Clinic may soon accept certain VA patients

Third District Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Mancos,  visited Custer County on Monday, August 25 to discuss new laws impacting Colorado. The congressman made his rounds by stopping at the local medical center, followed by Cliff Lanes to visit with local merchants and then the school to talk with the general public.
At the clinic, Tipton explained the new federal Veterans Administration bill that is still being discussed is expected to allow veterans to see local doctors instead of driving an hour to the VA hospital in Pueblo. The bill should be completed and approved by the end of the year. “Let’s insert common sense back into the process,” he stated. “This bill would enable vets to stay off icy roads in the winter.”
He also discussed with the clinic staff that the new bill would provide a new level of protection to vets if it is passed. Instead of riding the Rotary Van down the hill with three or four other sick patients for company, vets would avoid being exposed to further illness.
“This would allow us to be more fiscally responsible too,” Congressman Tipton said. “The VA previously reimbursed vets for their mileage if they had to drive long distances to the VA hospitals. This way it would save everyone time and money.”
The congressman stated that there are a lot of veterans in Custer County who will benefit from the bill if it is passed.
“This bill would also take pressure off our VA facilities,” he said.
The congressman updated the clinic on the Affordable Care Act, explaining that the problems it is facing are “legion” in number.
“By law,” he stated, “people have to buy insurance and not by choice. Deductions, everything has gone up in price and access to medical providers has gone down.”
Congressman Tipton later told the Tribune that he is glad to make trips across Colorado to visit with citizens and hear their concerns. He looks forward to returning to Custer County again.
– J.E. Ward

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