Legislation Introduced to Address Workforce Shortage in VHA

Wed April 23, 2014

Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) and David Scott (D-GA) recently introduced legislation to address the severe shortage of psychiatrists in the Veterans Health Administration.  H.R. 4234, the Ensuring Veterans’ Resiliency Act, would create a three-year pilot program for at least 10 psychiatrists per year to enter full-time, long-term employment with the VA.  The program would include loan repayment for up to $60,000 per year for each psychiatrist.  The bill also calls for a study of the pay discrepancy among psychiatrists within the VA.  With veterans facing a multitude of mental health challenges, it is vital that the VHA be able to attract and retain psychiatrists in order to provide quality psychiatric care in a timely fashion.  APA applauds the efforts of Reps. Bucshon and Scott and urges all members of the House of Representatives to cosponsor the legislation.  Click here to view a letter of support APA recently sent to the Reps. Bucshon and Scott.  Click here to ask your member of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 4234.

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