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house Bill H.R. 840

Should Veterans Have Access to Free Child Care While They’re at VA Healthcare Appointments?

Argument in favor

Veterans receiving care at a VA facility should have access to subsidized child care while they do so, whether that’s through on-site child care at the VA healthcare, a payment to a private child care agency, or a collaborative child care arrangement with another federal agency.

Jennifer 's Opinion
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02/05/2019
Since this bill will most likely be bi-partisan, has been under a pilot program that will expand—suggesting it has metrics that indicate it had been somewhat successful—and does not mandate childcare at VA facilities, but uses vouchers and other mechanisms, then I say vote “yes.” More and more women have made sacrifices and re-enter civilian life as single moms, and if both men and women are not seeking healthcare due to lack of childcare, then not only will the vet suffer, but ultimately the child will as well. I would feel more comfortable with a cost estimate, but the CBO is often wrong anyway. But even lacking that, I support this bill.
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Matthew's Opinion
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02/08/2019
Soldiers that put everything on the line and end up sick or injured and can’t support their children when they come home, these heroes deserve to be compensated if they can’t support their families when they went to support and defend our country!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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02/08/2019
HOUSE bill H.R. 840 AKA -Veterans' Access to Child Care Act I’m in full agreement with and recommend the passage of the HOUSE bill H.R.840 AKA - Veterans' Access to Child Care Act which would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to eligible veterans when they’re receiving care at a VA healthcare facility. An existing pilot program to that effect would be made permanent and expanded, and the assistance could be provided in the following forms: a stipend (either direct or through a voucher); direct provision of child care at a VA facility; a payment made to a private child care agency; a collaboration with a facility or program of another federal agency; or to provide or assistance considered appropriate by the VA. Veterans receiving care at a VA facility should have access to subsidized child care while they do so, whether that’s through on-site child care at the VA healthcare, a payment to a private child care agency, or a collaborative child care arrangement with another federal agency. SneakyPete....... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 2*7*19..........
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Argument opposed

The VA faces enough challenges in trying to provide quality healthcare services to our nation’s veterans and while well-intended, requiring the agency to finance child care for veterans receiving treatment could detract from that mission.

Brook's Opinion
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02/04/2019
I am a VietNam woman US Army veteran. I am proud I served my country. However, there is no justifiable reason VA should pay for child care. We vets are denied dental health care, unless ones teeth were damaged in a war zone conflict or the vet has a purple heart. All veterans deserve proper and complete dental care but we are not, which ought not be,
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JTJ's Opinion
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02/07/2019
Veterans childcare is not the taxpayers responsibility.
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Roger 's Opinion
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02/08/2019
While I would like to say yes, I really can't. I'm a 100% medically retired combat veteran with a daughter at home. I have went back to getting my care from the VA. While said care is still sub par it is easier to keep my medical records in one place rather than seeing outside doctors and then getting those records to the VA. If the VA can't give me the proper care that I earned, why in the name of God would I trust them with my daughter? The VA has been found to kill people by not giving them the care they need. Not just no but hell no! It is a shame too because I'm sure there are veterans that could really use the assistance while they go to their appointments.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed February 8th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 400 Yea / 9 Nay
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 29th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 840?

This bill would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to eligible veterans when they’re receiving care at a VA healthcare facility. An existing pilot program to that effect would be made permanent and expanded, and the assistance could be provided in the following forms: a stipend (either direct or through a voucher); direct provision of child care at a VA facility; a payment made to a private child care agency; a collaboration with a facility or program of another federal agency; or to provide or assistance considered appropriate by the VA.

Impact

Veterans and their children; child care providers; and VA healthcare facilities.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 840

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced this bill to ensure that veterans have access to cost free child care when they’re attending VA medical appointments.

“The lack of affordable and convenient child care should never be a barrier for veterans trying to access the VA healthcare they’ve earned and deserve. This is especially important for the growing population of women veterans, who are more often taking care of young children. I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Higgins and all of our colleagues to see this important program finally become permanent and nationwide.”

This legislation has the support of four cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats. Several veterans organizations have endorsed this bill, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, Easterseals, and the Fleet Reserve Association. In the last Congress a similar version of this bill passed the GOP-controlled House on a voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / Weedezign)

AKA

Veterans' Access to Child Care Act

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Since this bill will most likely be bi-partisan, has been under a pilot program that will expand—suggesting it has metrics that indicate it had been somewhat successful—and does not mandate childcare at VA facilities, but uses vouchers and other mechanisms, then I say vote “yes.” More and more women have made sacrifices and re-enter civilian life as single moms, and if both men and women are not seeking healthcare due to lack of childcare, then not only will the vet suffer, but ultimately the child will as well. I would feel more comfortable with a cost estimate, but the CBO is often wrong anyway. But even lacking that, I support this bill.
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    I am a VietNam woman US Army veteran. I am proud I served my country. However, there is no justifiable reason VA should pay for child care. We vets are denied dental health care, unless ones teeth were damaged in a war zone conflict or the vet has a purple heart. All veterans deserve proper and complete dental care but we are not, which ought not be,
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    Veterans childcare is not the taxpayers responsibility.
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    Soldiers that put everything on the line and end up sick or injured and can’t support their children when they come home, these heroes deserve to be compensated if they can’t support their families when they went to support and defend our country!
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    While I would like to say yes, I really can't. I'm a 100% medically retired combat veteran with a daughter at home. I have went back to getting my care from the VA. While said care is still sub par it is easier to keep my medical records in one place rather than seeing outside doctors and then getting those records to the VA. If the VA can't give me the proper care that I earned, why in the name of God would I trust them with my daughter? The VA has been found to kill people by not giving them the care they need. Not just no but hell no! It is a shame too because I'm sure there are veterans that could really use the assistance while they go to their appointments.
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    HOUSE bill H.R. 840 AKA -Veterans' Access to Child Care Act I’m in full agreement with and recommend the passage of the HOUSE bill H.R.840 AKA - Veterans' Access to Child Care Act which would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to eligible veterans when they’re receiving care at a VA healthcare facility. An existing pilot program to that effect would be made permanent and expanded, and the assistance could be provided in the following forms: a stipend (either direct or through a voucher); direct provision of child care at a VA facility; a payment made to a private child care agency; a collaboration with a facility or program of another federal agency; or to provide or assistance considered appropriate by the VA. Veterans receiving care at a VA facility should have access to subsidized child care while they do so, whether that’s through on-site child care at the VA healthcare, a payment to a private child care agency, or a collaborative child care arrangement with another federal agency. SneakyPete....... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 2*7*19..........
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    This should be a must and no brainer for our Vets.
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    Apparently the pilot program works well. So go for it!
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    Our Veterans have sworn their lives to our freedom. They deserve free education, free healthcare, work, clean homes... this is not what they get. At the very least they should be allowed to obtain healthcare with peace of mind.
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    Stay at home parents have to find someone to watch their kids when they see the dr. Why can’t the vets? I usually go along with anything for the vets, but this is going too far.
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    When many disabled vets are receiving treatment their families are part of their support team. When my son is in the hospital we are all engaged and day care for the little ones would sure help especially if it were located in the hospital so they could visit their dad then be taken care of while his wife and I deal with the docs and therapists and paperwork. Co-locating services such as housing, benefits and transportation at the hospital would also help.
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    It would be helpful to not only the vet, but to the medical staff, so they don't have to deal with a child while they try to provide medical care. In addition, the vet would be less distracted and thus would be more fully engaged in the medical exam/treatment.
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    Workplaces including hospitals should have onsite childcare for their workers and clients as family units would be more secure if young dependents are cared for.
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    I would like to see veterans and the poor given access to childcare during healthcare appointments and given access to healthcare with shuttle buses. Veterans who risked their lives, went where told and did what ordered deserve every possible consideration showing our gratitude to them. Yes, please, childcare for healthcare appointments for veterans.
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    I am all for supporting our veterans, but the VA hospital is not and should not be a day care provider at taxpayer cost.
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    Providing child care seems the least that can be done in return for the sacrifices made by our veterans.
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    Veterans are one demographic that actually deserves to have the US Government pay for services like this.
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    Why is this even a question?
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    Many vets are single parents and cannot attend their appointments otherwise. Vets get little enough in return for serving their country, which underpays them mercilessly.
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    Sure, why not? Seems like a small effort by the state for which these individuals were willing to die for!!!
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