09Nov Rep. Hughes bill calling for better reporting on veterans’ care gets Senate approval Categories: Hughes News,News The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation which would require veterans agencies to report to the state House and Senate on key topics relating to veterans health care in the state facilities.“The oversight and improved care of our state’s heroes is a priority to everyone in the state House and Senate, as was proven by today’s vote,” said Rep. Hughes, who sponsored House Bill 5639. “We must have consistent updates from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to make sure the long-term problems at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are addressed quickly. We must do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our veterans who sacrificed so much for our country.”Specifically, HB 5639 requires the state veterans agencies to detail information on staffing levels, number of patient complaints and staff responses, distribution of pharmaceutical drugs, how patient funds are allocated and number of resident deaths to House and Senate committees no later than Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1 of each year.The state has two veterans’ care facilities, in Grand Rapids and at the D.J. Jacobetti Home in Marquette, but HB 5639 allows for reporting at any future buildings.“We’ve been told that the awful conditions at the Home for Veterans, which were shared in the legislative Auditor General’s report last February, are being addressed,” said Rep. Hughes, vice-chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans’ Affairs. “This bill will make certain we know about key details of veterans’ care and can address any related issues in the Legislature.”Today’s Senate vote today follows a unanimous vote in the state House in early June. Rep. Hughes’ legislation advances to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.
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