Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32)
December 18, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred’s bill, the VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act, has passed the House in an end of year legislative package for veterans. The measure would require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the costs of medically necessary transportation for newborn children of certain women veterans. The entire legislative package is now headed to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
“This provision closes a gap in coverage, and helps keep our promise to veterans so parents and their babies can get emergency transportation costs covered by the VA,” said Allred. “As a dad, I know how important it is that new parents get access to the services they need, and this measure takes a good step in helping our veteran parents. I am glad we took bipartisan action for our veterans and passed this package.”
Also included in the legislative package are provisions Allred cosponsored, to help provide housing for homeless veterans with children and to expand benefits to pre-Vietnam war era advisors. For more information on H.R. 7105, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, click here.