The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) applauds the approval of critically important legislation to support America’s veterans. S 2372, the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018, or VA MISSION Act, passed the Senate today and will now go to President Donald J. Trump for his signature.
Included in S 2372 is language from APMA’s VA Provider Equity Act that will enhance the ability of the Veterans Health Administration to recruit and retain well-trained podiatric physicians and surgeons, improving access to high-quality foot and ankle care for a population that suffers an inordinate number of lower extremity conditions.
“APMA is ecstatic that Congress has taken action to stem the growing podiatry staffing crisis at the VA while properly recognizing podiatrists for their training and education,” said APMA President Dennis R. Frisch, DPM. “Most importantly, we can now guarantee our veterans will be taken care of for years to come.”
The VA Provider Equity Act was introduced by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH), in the House and Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), in the Senate.
“As a doctor, my first priority is the patient,” said Sen. Cassidy. “This breakthrough legislation puts veterans first and ensures they have access to the quality care they deserve.”
“I’m glad we are able to get this legislation across the finish line and finally tackle the disparities between the VA and the private sector," said Rep. Wenstrup. "This will increase the VA’s ability to recruit and retain qualified specialists like podiatrists, and ensure that our veterans get the specific care and treatment they deserve.”
APMA extends its gratitude to Rep. Wenstrup and Sen. Cassidy and to all the legislators who brought this critical legislation to fruition, demonstrating their support for America’s heroes.
Peggy S. Tresky, MA